Ron & Elena's 2011 Travels travel blog

This beautiful historic lodge is the oldest building in the IPG -...

Youth from all over the US and Canada come here in the...

It's late in the season and the flowers are past their peak...

View from east to west through the gardens along the 49th parallel.

There are several fountains and other water features along the center of...

A bed of flowers depicting a symbol of the US flag.

And another beside it depicting the Canadian flag.

The floral clock is right on time.

This carillon usuall chimes every 15 minutes but it has been stopped...

 

A very thought provoking monument in remembrance of the tragedy 10 years...

It makes one appreciate how the citizens of the US & Canada...

... in this world can only meet differences with hatred and violence.

These daisies are still looking great!

The interpretive center had a large room that was climate controlled to...

Just a few of the many plants in this collection.

Now it's time to say goodbye to our friendly neighbors in Canada...

Dunseith ND, first "large" town south of the Peace Garden, is in...

 

This "wheel honu" is made from hundreds of car/truck wheels - how...

A little further south is Rugby, which claims to be the center...

 

 


(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.



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