Ian and Margaret's RV Adventures travel blog

Amber waves of grass in the field behind our campground.

A building in the same field -- we wondered what it had...

Another view of the building -- indulge the photographer!

Stored farm equipment along the perimeter of our campground.

More stored equipment.

And . . . it's us! Parked very comfortably, with our Datastorm...

The field behind the campground -- nice patterns of color and mowed...

The Farmers' Market in downtown Grand Forks -- lots of people and...

A water wheel at the farmers' market -- it didn't actually turn,...

A neat park between buildings in downtown Grand Forks.

A road bridge across the Red River of the North -- looks...

We were perplexed as to why the bridge seemed to be on...

The railroad bridge -- this looks a bit older.

Memorial to the 1997 record flooding -- Ian's amazed at how high...

Looks like an old (narrow) bridge that revolved to let boat traffic...

A view of a couple of buildings at the Historical Village. We...

A garden at the Historical Village -- the red barn is used...

A face only a mother can love? Maybe.

Layers. This is a photographer's indulgence.


As I wrote in the previous entry (if you haven’t read it, you might want to . . . or not – reading any particular entry is totally optional!), we decided, once we were installed in a campground site from which we had internet and TV satellite access, to extend our stay in Grand Forks and just kick back a bit. We’ve been on some kind of a timetable for the last month and a half and we were ready to relax.

Having made that decision, we went to the campground office and asked if we could get the weekly rate if we extended our stay to a week. The answer was that, no, we had to make our initial reservation/check-in for a week or more in order to get that reduced rate (which, in this case, would have given us one night free – pay for six, get seven). So we decided to take our free night and go elsewhere! It’s a small point, for either of us (the campground or us), and they have the right to make the rules as they see fit, but it seems to us that they’re being petty. On the other hand, once we leave they can fill our space with someone paying full freight, so . . . . whatever.

Anyway, we spent a couple of days just relaxing. Ian did a couple of errands around town, in the process of which finding his way around the major shopping district, and Margaret, frankly, just hung out at the trailer. Actually, I spent the time catching up on some things I needed to catch up on and had the time to do some work on my photo-fantasy artwork. I’m learning some new things and trying some new approaches and it’s fun. If you are on Facebook and not already one of my “friends”, come on over, be one of my friends and you can see a couple of examples of what I’ve been doing. Or, wait a while and I plan to update my website with new pieces.

Saturday we had decided we’d go to the farmers’ market downtown, which we had heard was a good one, and maybe see some more of the sights around town. Sunday we thought we’d drive over to Devil’s Lake and Fort Totten, which is a restored old fort. When the time came, what we actually accomplished was (1) going to the farmers’ market, which turned out to be less produce (which we buy) and more baked goods (which we don’t buy unless it’s gluten-free) and hand crafted articles (which we don’t normally buy) but a lively and fun experience nonetheless; (2) walking along the riverfront Greenway, developed after the 1997 major flooding as a buffer to the downtown area against a recurrence of such a major event; (3) visiting a Historical Village, a collection of restored and relocated buildings; (4) catching up on our shopping at the local Super Target and Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop; and (5) deciding that we really didn’t need to see yet another lake recreation area and restored fort. So we stayed home Sunday as well!

The campground where we’re staying is an interesting mix of semi-permanent residents and people, like us, who are passing through for one reason or another. In the almost-week that we’ve been here, we’ve had three next-door neighbors and more than that in the sites behind us. On the other hand, across the road from us is an old trailer that, until Sunday, had shown no sign of life the entire week we were here. Ian met a guy who said he’s working construction and will move on once the weather turns bad – I suspect he’s more the rule than the exception here. There are those in the RVing community who would view the presence of lots of “semi-permanent” or “permanent” residents as a negative. In this instance, at least, we view their presence as an indication of the problems our nation is experiencing right now, when families or individuals find it necessary to be mobile to find jobs. There is at least one family with school-age children here and I don’t think this is a vacation. One has to wonder about these kids – what kind of schooling are they getting and what impact this kind of life will have on them as they grow up – but on the other hand they are with their family and, although living in an RV isn’t the best of circumstances for a family, it’s better than living in a car. And, although we both are supporters of the government’s provision of a “safety net” for people who are in trouble, we think it’s a positive for children to see their parents doing whatever they can to find a job rather than giving up and accepting welfare. It’s a hard choice.

Wow – where did that come from? I guess slowing down and looking around has really made me stop and think -- not for the first time, but the first time I’ve had a chance to write about it -- about how lucky we are. We whine and complain about various costs (financial and otherwise) of the lifestyle we’ve chosen, but we have, not just a home, but two homes – one fixed and one mobile, and lots of choices. Just a couple of different turns in life and we could be in very different circumstances. There but for the grace of the gods . . . .

SO. Tomorrow we’ll move west about 150 miles to Rugby ND, where we’ll stay a couple of nights before moving to Minot ND, where we’ll stay a week or more. Stay tuned for further developments.



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