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Sep 16, 2013 - Bismarck, ND

Today we left Montana and drove through North Dakota winds. 30 to 50 mph cross winds made driving very exciting. Actually, western North Dakota was a lot like Montana and quite scenic. We even came across the Badlands of North Dakota. Once past that area, the ground levels out to a pretty boring (except for the wind) drive. Our day ended in beautiful weather in Bismarck.

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Sep 12, 2013 - Day 3 - Brainerd, MN to Bismarck, North Dakota

We left Brainerd, MN this morning and continued our trek westward with our goal for today being Bismarck, North Dakota. Northern Minnesota is much like Upper Michigan, rolling country and lakes, lakes, lakes. Minnesota is, after all, the land of 10,000 lakes. It's also the home of the largest TURKEY in Frazee, MN. Hmmmmm....I wonder how they know that? We left Minnesota behind and crossed into North Dakota through Fargo. The only thing I will remember about Fargo is I got stung by a bee that got into the truck. OUCH!! I understand now why...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Travel Day

Slept a little later this morning, got up at 5:45am. Ha. Today is one of our travel days and to be on the coach all day except for our lunch and pit stops. While driving we had opportunity to watch DVD of Yellowstone Park and the movie "The Blind Side"....just love that movie! Finishing driving through Minnesota then on through North Dakota seeing only corn/soy fields...literally. Land very flat also. The towns are few and far between. Interesting note: The picture with Hay Rolls shows how ND uses land wisely by planting the hay along side...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Travel Day

Today is a travel day. We left the hotel at 8:30am making one rest stop then continuing west on I-94 stopping for lunch in Fargo, ND. Susan has not been feeling well as she is coming down with a cold, so at our lunch stop she shopped for her drugs and I shopped for jeans and warm clothes as I did not pack the right clothes for this trip. I have been so cold. At 1:30pm today it was only 68! That's cold for a Florida girl! Well did not find anything at Target in the way of warm clothing, so I'll check on down the road. We had pizza at Pizza...

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Jul 15, 2013 - North Dakota, a state we missed last year

We woke to another foggy morning, but it isn't raining, yet. We are looking forward to entering into North Dakota. We crossed over the state border at Fargo. Wasn't that the name of a TV show once? It is a very flat landscape with lots of crops. Dad the corn is green, but not very tall. The visibility is poor, lots of fog with scattered showers. The further west we traveled on I-94, the sun peeked through on occasion. Boy things are really green, and flooding is evident in many areas. We arrived at our campsite in Bismarck early afternoon,...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Bismarck KOA

We had a good travel day today. It was overcast and rainy for most of the morning. This afternoon the sun came out and the temperature went up to 85F. Tonight we are at the Bismarck KOA. It is a nice open site with 50 amp service, so we have the AC on and the satellite working for the race at Daytona. I'll check the pictures Glenna took as we travelled today and upload some, if there are some interesting ones.

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May 7, 2013 - North Dakota State House

One of our enjoyable adventures is to visit / tour state capitols along our travel ways. Bismarck has been North Dakota's capitol since its inception. This is the second building, built in 1933 after the original building burned ... speculation has it political arguments led to the demise of the building ... but the official report says "spontaneous combustion" ... about the same thing, I'd say!!! By the way ... they are much smarter in North Dakota than the state leaders are in Wisconsin. State law limits legislative sessions to 80 days...

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May 7, 2013 - Soldiers and Native Americans

The Bismarck area is rich in the history of Native Americans, Railroads, and the US Cavalry. The Mandan group of Native Americans built their communities next to the Missouri River living in earth lodges ... they were not nomadic like other plains Native American groups, but stayed settled in this area. This community was named "On-The-Slant" ... and as you might expect, the village was built on a slanted section of land just west of the Missouri River. White man immigrants brought smallpox to the area which caused the death of 75% of the...

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May 3, 2013 - We're Still a Long Way from Home

Drove through Montana and were amazed at the large number of acres of fields all plowed up and ready for wheat to be planted. And then we got into North Dakota and were even more amazed at the thousands of acres of plowed fields and lack of populated areas. Except for the oil rigs. Lots and lots of drilling rigs and other large pieces of equipment in the fields. Especially around Dickenson, ND, where they were building large motels at every expressway intersection and what looked like big apartment complexes. We have heard that there is a...

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Feb 6, 2013 - Rapid City to Bismarck

For the second day running we woke up late and were out of the hotel at 9:30am, must be all that fresh air. Today is a long drive day as accommodation between Rapid City and Bismarck is at a premium as there is an oil field boom in south eastern North Dakota as a result of the increasing oil prices. This we found made rooms at basic hotels for $60.00 normally miraculously rise to up around $120.00 and more for room only. Looks like oil field companies suffer the premiums that mining companies pay in Perth. We chose to have a longer day and...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Bismarck KOA, Bismarck, North Dakota

We arrived at Bismarck, ND early this afternoon. We are staying at the Bismarck KOA. The sites are nice with lots of shade. We are getting all the last minute items together before heading out tomorrow for the International Peace Gardens where we will meet our fellow caravaners. We are getting excited about seeing the Polar bears and will be sure to send lots of pictures.

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Sep 18, 2012 - Bingo Elves

This Morning me and Shane finished painting Ajay's garage, all we had left was the trim on two sides. We had lunch with Ajay then went over to the Good Samaritan to help Mary with bingo for the residents, she called out the numbers while me and Shane helped the residents with their cards. Mary and I took Shane out to the airport to catch a 5:30 flight back to Sacramento then I dropped her off at the bingo parlor to meet up with Kathy. I went on home to get the car ready for towing, dump the tanks, replace the fresh water fill hose and take...

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