(Ron Writing) We had a nice relaxing morning in the campground and then toured the remainder of the International Peace Garden. Since it’s past Labor Day many of the workers have left for the season and there were very few tourists. In fact we and one other camper had the entire campground to ourselves last night. We drove around to see some of the facilities located in the park including the sports camp facility, the music camp facility, the historic lodge built by the CCC, and the Masonic Auditorium.
But the highlight was our long stroll through the central garden area. The flowers in the gardens were past their peak but it was still beautiful. The gardens are centered on the US/Canada border and are anchored west end by the Peace Chapel and the Peace Tower. There is also a large modern interpretive center, several fountains, a carillon bell tower, a floral clock, and a 9/11 memorial.
Upon exiting the Peace Garden we went through US Customs with no problems and then drove south on US-281 to Rugby, ND and then east on US-2. About 5 miles east of Rugby is the Pleasant Lake Rest Area, which looked like a perfectly pleasant place to spend the night beside a lake with many waterfowl providing a little background “music”.
Weather: Overnight low was 55°, today it was sunny with highs in the high 80’s.
Mileage: Today - 62 miles, cumulative since leaving AZ on 4-6-11 – 12,181 miles.
Gasoline Price: 3.899 $US/gallon in Rugby, ND
Tonight’s stop: Pleasant Lake Rest Area on US-2 east of Rugby ND.