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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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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 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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Sep 21, 2014 - Corn Maize....

Today we drove outside of town to 'do' a corn maize. This was a first for both of us and we had a ball! This corn field has been doing maize's for the past 10 years with a different theme each year. This year they did the Wizard of Oz due to this year being it's 75th anniversary. After paying our entrance fee we were given a quiz sheet with 8 lines for answers. We were instructed to try & locate the 8 posts/signs located throughout the maize in random order. At the end we turned our sheet in for grading & we got 7 out of 8 correct! Not...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Travel day to North Dakota...

We pulled out of Pierre, SD on Thursday, traveling north on US 83, crossing the North Dakota state line & arriving at our campground around 5pm. It was a pretty drive, although a bit desolate in many spots. We looked for a spot to pull over for a bite of lunch for quite awhile before finding a gas station with a lot large enough to accommodate our rig. I think Onyx had her legs crossed for awhile too! I was sad to note that we flew by a dirt road that indicated Lawrence Welk's farmstead was 2 miles away. We were traveling about 60 mph at...

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Aug 3, 2014 - Bismark, ND.

Yesterday on our way home from Mandan we caught a glimpse of an art fair. Last night on the news they were showing some of the vendors. It was held on the capital building grounds. We spent the afternoon walking around looking at the art and crafts. They also had a car show for just Ford vehicles. The only thing we bought was 'Lefse'. A Norwegian crepe made out of potato. You put butter and sugar on it and roll it up, it looks like a skinny burrito only it's a very yummy Norwegian desert. It is a very popular desert for them, especially at...

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Aug 1, 2014 - Bismarck, ND.

Another short drive to Bismarck..about 144 miles. We are staying at a city park campground. It is a very popular campground with the locals and arriving on Friday wasn't the best plan. We got one of the last sites. The park has 114 sites - all full for the weekend. It has lots of green spaces and it is spread out. We only have electric which is not a problem for us since we are self contained. Electric runs the air conditioning during the heat of the day and that is all we really need. Or should I say that the dogs enjoy it while we are out...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Bismarck, ND

Even though we are making a "beeline" for Texas, we are still enjoying the sights as we go. One thing I wanted to share is that we drove through Bismarck today and saw the North Dakota State Capitol, the tallest building in the state... the building is 19 stories. Ok... all you New Yorkers stop laughing. Happy Travels, Rebecca

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