It had been two weeks since I had been in the badlands. The last I had seen of it, smudges of green had began to poke through the red and brown soil. Now, early June, the greens had exploded! No where was that more evident than in the valley of the Little Missouri River as it meanders north, not too many miles from the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Western North Dakota. It's a green place to be in late spring! Taking those back roads was a good idea!