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Jun 8, 2019 - The first main reason for this trip - Bismarck, ND

Often, when we find ourselves in a new group, someone suggests telling the others one thing no one would know about yourself. For years, I have been able to use the name of the town I was born in. That, likely, ends with this post. I was born in Bismarck, ND. My father was attached to a local Army unit for almost three years. They lived downtown in a pretty swank, for its day, hotel. The hotel was originally named the McKenzie by Mr. Patterson. That was later changed to Patterson after it was found out what a low life politician McKenzie...

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Arvie and Friends

May 30, 2019 - Bismarck

It was a straight shot due west from Detroit Lakes to Bismarck, ND. Almost all of the route was on I-94, so Sue shared the driving with me. We arrived at the Bismarck KOA just before 4pm and settled into a nice wide full-hookup site #77. Friday was a nice cool day with a high in the mid 60s. Annie had a grooming appointment that morning. While she was being groomed, I took advantage of the opportunity to explore the river front bike trail that runs through a few city parks. I drove to Sertoma Park and walk the trail from there out about two...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Bismarck, North Dakota

It is a travel and chores day. We stop in Dickinson at a Walmart. It is Sunday. North Dakota has “Blue Laws.” Walmart does not open until noon. We cross into the Central Time Zone. It is still too early to shop. In Bismarck, we fill our refrigerator. After shopping, we head directly to the campground. I have laundry to do. A lot of laundry. I find people to talk to but it is not my favorite chore. Maybe, that is why I put it off. I don’t think anyone is interested in pictures of Walmart or the laundry room. I’m posting some 2010 pictures...

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Jun 29, 2018 - Weather alert!

June 28 - 240 miles, arrived Buffalo River State Park (#6) about 2:00. Warmest day yet, 85 and humid. Ranger informed us we were in a tornado warning until 4:30; it is now 5:30 . Thunderstorms predicted for the night. He pointed out the stone building that is noted on camp map as 'storm shelter'. A new experience! Thunderstorms, lightening , hail, heavy rain started at 5 am. Nonstop lightening, the likes of which I have never before witnessed. With spotty cell service, we made reservations for next four days (holiday weekend), landing us at...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Bismarck ND

We awoke to a foggy Sunday, and a quick check of the radar showed some heavy rain moving toward Pierre, so we opted to pack up and hit the road earlier than planned. As far as plans go, it was executed almost perfectly with us being on our way north on U.S. 83 within 45 minutes, but still not quick enough to beat the rain. Just on the north side of Pierre – and Pierre is so small it don’t take long to get there – the rain started and it stayed with us for about 50 miles. Once the rain stopped it became a beautiful drive north through more...

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Aug 8, 2017 - North of Normal

I love off the beaten path byways. We found one on the way from Medora to Bismarck called the Enchanted Highway. We jumped off the Interstate around Regent and found six (I think we missed one and couldn't get to the other) of the world's largest scrap metal sculptures along the 32 mile route. Included in the oversize sculptures were the Tin Family, Teddy Rides Again, Pheasants on the Prairie, Grasshoppers in the Field, Deer Crossing, and Fisherman's Dream. The route ended back on the Interstate with the Geese in Flight. We could see it,...

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Gypsy Journey

Jul 14, 2016 - July 14, A day's rest in Bismarck, ND

What a great day!! I did not expect to like North Dakota so much!! Just shows you what traveling can do for a person!! Expands your mind! Imagine that! We did some needed catch up chores and then set off for a walk around the downtown area of Bismarck. First we came upon a small street fair, which was very enjoyable. Sat and had a listen to the music for awhile. We were looking for the Capitol building so I could browse through the Heritage Center. A very nice couple sat down to share our table with us and of course we started chatting,...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Bismarck ND – Walmart Parking Lot

Spent the actual 4th of July in Bismarck. The campground at Lake Audubon was kind of noisy with fireworks and we figured it would be quieter in Bismarck because Walmart is in a non-residential area. We were right and Bridget was pleased. She hates fireworks!

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Retired at Last!

Jun 12, 2016 - Bismarck, North Dakota

We are working our way east. We get on the interstate. It is a little more than two hours to Bismarck, North Dakota. It seems longer. We lose an hour as we cross into the Central Time Zone. We pass the Enchanted Highway and Salem Sue. We have stopped at each before. The weather is cool in the AM. Tomorrow, we head southeast.

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Sep 26, 2014 - Bismarck, ND

We traveled I-94 to Bismarck, ND where we stayed at KOA Bismarck. This area was all under construction, but as there are few places to stay we chose this park. The next day we headed north about 38 miles to Fort Mandan. This is the Fort that Lewis and Clark and 42 others built for the winter of 1804/05 along the Missouri River. The unusual note about this Fort was the fact that the expedition stayed here for 215 days. A lot of time spent on a journey that they wanted to accomplish in two years. Unfortunately after they left the Fort, it...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Lewis & Clark Expedition Center...

Today's post covers a recent day trip to visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center & Fort Mandan, located about 35 miles north of Bismarck. It was a beautiful day, great weather & warm temps. We packed a lunch & decided to take onyx as well since we weren't sure what time we'd get home. When we first talked about going to this center I started thinking about what I actually knew about Lewis & Clark. I have to admit that when I was in school, history & geography were about the last two things on my mind!!!! So, other than knowing that they...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Knife River Indian Villages...

Our 3rd & final stop today was at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. Established in 1974, this site preserves the historic and archaeological remnants of the Northern Plains Indians. This area was a major trading and agricultural area. There were three villages that occupied the Knife area. In general, these three villages are known as the Hidatsa villages. Broken down, the individual villages are Awatixa Xi’e (lower Hidatsa village), Awatixa and Big Hidatsa village. Awatixa Xi’e is believed to be the oldest village of...

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