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Sep 13, 2011 - Froze Our Butt Off

I spent most of the day working on my "to do list" until Ajay got off work and Curtis came in from Valley City then we went out and froze our butt off playing nine holes at Pebble Creek. Mary and Kathie went to the afternoon session of bingo where they won, then Catie went with them to the evening session and they won again. At this rate Mary won't want to leave here but these 29F nights should help change her mind.

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Sep 12, 2011 - Huge Sunflowers

Nancy and Terry hadn't seen our coach yet so they stopped by this morning for a visit. The forecast for the day was to be mid seventies and sunshine but instead it was low sixties, overcast with the winds blowing at 15 - 20MPH but we still managed to get in 18 holes in at Tom O'Leary Golf Course. This afternoon Mary, Nancy and their Mom won over two hundred dollars, tonight Ajay, Catie, Nancy, Terry, Mary and me all went to bingo where we won another $180.00. Said our goodbyes to Terry and Nancy tonight because they are leaving for...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Huge Sunflowers

During my walk around the RV Park this morning and I stopped to take a couple pictures of the fields of sunflowers. This afternoon me, Ajay and Terry drove upto Washburn to play nine holes at Rock Creek Golf Course, a nice little course with a lot of water hazards. The ladies got in a couple sessions of bingo with no luck and we got in another nine holes of golf this evening. The weather has been great since we got here and the best part is no mosquito's.

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Sep 10, 2011 - Nancy & Terry Come In

We slept in until 8:30 this morning because I messed up the alarm changing it back to central time last night. Ajay and I got in nine holes at Pebble Creek this morning, a very nice nine hole course here in Bismarck. Mary, Kathy and their mom all went to bingo where they won enough to cover their expenses for the day. This afternoon Mary's sister Nancy from Rice Lake Wi. and her boyfriend Terry came in. Me, Ajay & Terry got a 5:45 tee time at Tom O'Leary Golf Course and once again the ladies were off to the bingo parlor.

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Sep 9, 2011 - A Little White Knuckle Driving

We pulled out of the park at 8:45AM this morning, we had planned on spending the night in Glendive but we were still feeling good when we got in there around 3:30 so we continued on into Bismarck arriving at 8:15PM. Other than road construction where the lanes are very narrow is was a good drive, Mary had about 20 miles of white knuckle narrow single lane driving that kept her full attention. I got in at least a couple hours of practice today, for the first time I played through a roll three times without looking at the strings and without...

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Aug 20, 2011 - Itasca State Park, Itasca, MN

We left Royal Oaks RV Park after a three-day stay. We enjoyed it there...a nice, little park with lots of trees and cool temperatures. It was 62 degrees when we left about 10:00 am and headed to Itasca State Park. We had learned that the headwaters of the Mississippi River flowed from Lake Itasca and felt that we must witness this. We were not the only ones with that idea today! Lots of folks joined us at the visitor center and at the headwaters. We chose not to wade into the water on the slippery rocks. Let the younger folks do that...and...

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Aug 16, 2011 - Proud Owner of a New Tent

Yesterday I wrote that I wasn't sure what the most unusual event would be because the day wasn't over yet. Well, I found out in a hurry. When I got back to my campsite last night there was the nastiest looking storm I've ever seen brewing just over the hill from my campsite. I think I had about three minutes before an unbelievable wind came blasting down the hill with thunder and lightning. I dove into my tent and within minutes it was trashed--poles mangled. I have never experienced something this ferocious and I literally got into the...

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Ripsy Walkabout

Aug 15, 2011 - On to North Dakota

This morning I headed out to North Dakota. I'm camping at Fort Abraham Lincoln which is where George Custer and the 7th Cavalry were stationed before riding out to Little Bighorn. I'm camping on a hill overlooking Custer's house on the base. Took a tour this afternoon. Very cool and actually a really nice house even by today's standards. Most unusual experience today (although the day's not over yet)--Saw a rancher in South Dakota herding about 12-15 horses using his pickup truck instead of a horse. I guess that's the way modern cowboys...

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Aug 3, 2011 - ND State Capitol

Day 19 – Bismarck, ND Today is a dreary day with rain, nothing severe, forecast for later. We toured the capitol building which is a skyscraper of 19 floors. It originally housed all on North Dakota’s state government offices. It is just a plain granite building that remains us of the old CCB building in Durham. But inside it is lovely. It was built in 1933 and is an art deco style throughout with granite and limestone and a variety of woods. It isn’t as opulent as Wisconsin’s but it is a lovely building. From the top floor, we could see 30...

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Aug 2, 2011 - Lewis and Clark Intrepretive Center

Day 18 – Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center We had some rain last night, but no storms. It’s cooler today and the humidity is down to about 40%. Much more comfortable. We drove north to the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center and For Mandan. The center was interesting, but seemed to focus on exploration of the region in the mid 1800’s. There was info about artists who came to document the Indian culture. Fort Mandan is closed because of flooding. That’s a big disappointment. We surmise that most of the information about Lewis and Clark...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Fort Abraham Lincoln

Day 17 – Fort Abraham Lincoln We had a terrible thunderstorm last night with winds in the 80 to 100 mph range. Fun!!! More are forecast for tonight. It’s hot (upper 80s) and humid (85%) and perfect for boomers. We toured Fort Abraham Lincoln (reconstructed). This was the army post from which Custer and his men rode to the Little Big Horn. There were a few building like commissary, barracks, and stables. Also, Custer’s home has been rebuilt. He lived here with his wife. The guides were in character and said to Jim and me both, “What were...

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Jul 31, 2011 - On to Bismarck

Day 16 – On to Bismarck Today was a travel day that was filled with new and interesting sites. I-94 goes straight west across North Dakota. The areas we went through were a varied landscape. Some areas were flat and we could see for miles. Some areas were rolling hills covered with grasses. These looked just like the prairie that we saw in the movie Dances with Wolves. I expected the supply wagon to crest the hill at any moment. There were some corn fields and fields of beans of some kind. There were pastures with large herds of cows...

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