This is a continuation of a travel series to The Great West. To start at the beginning, go HERE, HERE, and
On day three of our vacation, we spent the morning at Devil's Tower, Wyoming. Then we jumped back into the car and drove four hours to Medora, North Dakota! We had never been to North Dakota before, so we were pretty excited.
We arrived at around three in the afternoon and had some time to check in to our hotel and enjoy a dip in the pool before heading out for a "Pitchfork Steak Fondue" and to watch the "Medora Musical".
Both events are in the same spot, located on a bluff overlooking the town of Medora.
You have to make an appointment to eat at the "Pitchfork Steak Fondue" and we were a few minutes early so we decided to walk around a bit and check things out. I looked down the bluff and I could see the outdoor musical theatre nestled in the side of the bluff.
Before I continue with the events of the evening, I have to first describe our drive from Devil's Tower to Medora. Once you leave Wyoming, which is absolutely breath-taking by the way, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for four hours. So be sure you have plenty of food, water and gas before you leave! The four hour drive seemed agonizing slow. Not much to look at, at all! Of course, I was excited about my steak dinner and the musical later that evening, so that could have caused my boredom. Then, all of a sudden I saw a sign that said "Theodore Roosevelt National Park Next 13 miles" and experienced some of the MOST INCREDIBLE SCENERY OF MY LIFE! The road to Medora, runs right through the park. I kept thinking, "If it's this beautiful from the highway, how incredible it must be inside the park!" We even saw buffalo and wild horses from the highway! It was amazing.
Medora is nestled in the badlands of North Dakota. Beautiful geological features called "Buttes" surround the town. They are basically small mountains with flat tops...ha ha! We will talk more about "Buttes" when I cover Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
There is a lovely gift shop (left) that sells souvenirs but also tells a lot of history of the Medora Musical and the town.
And of course there are plenty of places to look out and enjoy the view while your waiting for your dinner or the musical to start.
The town of Medora is so well organized and completely geared to make its' guests as comfortable and happy as possible. We bought our "Pitchfork Steak Fondue" and "Medora Musical" tickets plus made our hotel reservations all at the same time on their MEDORA website.
Hubby being his silly self.
The "Pitchfork Steak Fondue" is called such because the cook literally cooks your steak on a pitchfork! It is fun to watch!
You eat outside on picnic tables with a fabulous view of the buttes. There is also live entertainment while you eat.
The food is served buffet style, but there is still a full staff that is very helpful and nice. Once you hand the hostess your ticket, she gives you a name tag of sorts so you get what you paid for. They have a "buffet only" option (no steak, just the fixings), and a hot dog option.
Now, I really hate to criticize this place, because it was an interesting experience, but I didn't think it was worth the price, It was $33.95 per person for a 12 oz steak, and the fixings you see below. All the food was cold, including the steak, because even though they used warmers, it's still held outside and the cold wind couldn't keep the food hot. And there were flies everywhere, crawling all over the food in the buffet. It was very unappetizing. But, North Dakota is very well known for it's flies. In fact, we had to deal with them constantly the whole time we were there. If we didn't close our motel room door fast enough, the flies would just swarm in. I'm just not use to that coming from Wisconsin. I honestly can't recommend doing the "Pitchfork Steak Fondue" because it's so expensive and the food wasn't very good. The steak was tasty, even though it was cold. The bread was the worst. It was as hard as a rock. I couldn't even chew it. However, if you really want the experience and you don't care about the cost, go for it!
And would you believe the $34.00 didn't even include drinks? They only offer lemonade, water, or coffee for free. The drinks were $3.00 a piece. Oh well, we tried not to let it bother us and make the best of it. We are very frugal people and knew we could have enjoyed a much tastier, HOT dinner in town for half the cost.
Unfortunately, we ended up throwing a lot of the food away. Even the dessert was terrible. Then we took another walk enjoying the sunset.
Finally it was time to get to our seats to enjoy the musical. I was so excited! I love musicals! I couldn't believe they had an outdoor escalator to the amphitheater!
I thought it was so cute that the stage lights were hidden inside barn silos. How clever is this?
I was able to get my tickets months ahead of time. You can pick exactly where you want to sit on line. Prices are based on how good or bad your seat is. I chose a mid price seat, and picked the first row in the balcony. I thought I chose very well because no one's head was in front of me!
Tickets for adults start at $34.95 (students 7 -17 $18.95, children under 6 FREE). I don't remember what I paid for our seats, it's been so long, but it was somewhere in the middle of the least expensive and most expensive seat price.
The stage is so cute, looking like a vintage old western town.
The middle of the stage separates, allowing a space to open up. I loved it when this American Flag took center stage.
The show is very patriotic, and they have horses, singing, and dancing. The clog dancing was my favorite. They were incredible!
Here the stage opened up to reveal another "stage" which housed a country western band.
The musical is a variety-type show that tells the history of the town and the life of Teddy Roosevelt. The scene below depicts Teddy Roosevelt in one of his war battles.
They use lots of special effects like canyons and fireworks.
This is the clog dancing below. The costumes in all the scenes were stunning. If you do ever visit Medora, seeing the Musical is a MUST! I was glad that it was the first thing we did, because the next day when we visited the park, I had so much knowledge in my head about the area's history and Teddy Roosevelt.
The last scene was the best part of the musical. I don't want to tell you what happened, because I don't want to give it away and ruin it for you, but all I can say is "WOW! Was I ever surprised. I did not see that coming!"
Did I think the musical was as good as Broadway? No. Some of the singing left much to be desired. But having musicians in my family, I am kinda biased. I've also seen a lot of Broadway shows in my lifetime, so I'm a bit spoiled. I'm sure "normal people" would have thought everyone's singing ability was incredible. But it is definitely worth the $$$$ for it's a lot of fun, the amphitheater experience is incredible, and you learn so much about the areas history.
I plan on covering a lot more about the town of Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the week's to come. Medora was one of my favorite towns I've ever been too. Who knew a small town in North Dakota would be so much fun?
Have A Great Day! Amy
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