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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 - 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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Sep 24, 2014 - Fort Mandan...

"We commence building our cabins." - William Clark, November 3, 1804 This simple journal entry marked the construction of Fort Mandan, the Corps of Discovery's winter home from 1804-1805. According to the journals, they built the fort slightly downriver from the five villages of the Mandan and Hidatsa nations. The fort was built of cottonwood lumber cut from the riverbanks. It was triangular in shape, with high walls on all sides, an interior open space between structures, and a gate facing the Missouri River, by which the party would...

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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 23, 2014 - Dakota Zoo...

The Dakota Zoo, located in Bismarck ND, was founded in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson with the help of a host of dedicated volunteers. The Dakota Zoo opened its gates on June 3, 1961 on 15 acres of developed land, with 75 mammals and 23 birds, and 40,000 visitors passed through the gates that first year. Today, thanks to the continued support of members, visitors, donors and volunteers, the Dakota Zoo has grown to a 90 acre facility housing 600 animals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species and visited by more than 150,000...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Peek in Custer House

Today's post continues on from yesterday's, but this time I'm going to give you a peek inside General Custer's home here on the Fort. One thing to keep in mind is that each room has a 'special notice', meaning a genuine item belonging to the Custer's. For instance, the serving platter in the kitchen, a wooden rocker from the master bedroom etc. Also, this was quite the 'opulent' home for not only this Fort but for the day in general. Apparently General Custer was a bit quirky & kept a chained bobcat in the cellar, making for a scary time...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Fort Abraham Lincoln...

Today we visited Fort Lincoln. Rich in both military and early Native American history, Fort Abraham Lincoln was once an important infantry and cavalry post. It was from this fort that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh cavalry rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Big Horn. If you don't have an annual ND State Park pass (we don't) there is a $5 daily fee for visiting the State Park & a $6 per person interpretive pass fee. Well worth the $17 to visit here :) The park ranger advised that we stop...

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