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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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Jul 21, 2011 - North Dakota

Today we travel 221 miles and we are currently staying the night in Bismarck, North Dakota. Neither of us has ever been in North Dakota so we can now scratch off another of the 50 states we have not yet visited. The road today was is very good shape with only a couple of short sections that could use some repair. However, the worst sections were still significantly better than the best that California has to offer. The weather was again very good with bright sunny skies and very light winds. The scenery was very rough with steep, rocky...

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Jul 17, 2011 - July 17th through ?, unexpected stop in Bismarck, ND

Left Casselton, ND this morning headed West to Medora, ND. Before we got to Bismarck, ND we stopped at a rest stop and my truck was dripping antifreeze pretty heavy. The reservoir was not dripping, so we stopped at Exit 161 on I 94 to get fuel at a truck stop and ask where we could have the truck looked at. A mechanic thought it was the water pump because I could hear some mechanical noise that was not there before. So we went to a KOA only a mile away, and here we are. The KOA folks called a local mechanic shop who advertises in their...

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Jul 12, 2011 - traveling through north dakota

Greetings, We passed numerous farms and corn fields as we drove through Nebraska. Visiting “Boys Town” was our highlight. It is so amazing what one man can do to make such a difference. Father Flanagan came from Ireland to begin his work in Omaha in the early 20’s. He opened a small house to homeless and juvenile boys. After buying a farm in the outskirts of town, he was able to expand to the present day campus. His philosophy: “Our young people are our greatest wealth. Give them a chance and they will give a good account of themselves. No...

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Jul 12, 2011 - Hitting The Bingo Jackpot

Me, Shane and Ajay got in 18 holes of golf today, nine holes this morning and another nine this evening. Mary her Mom And Kathie went to the afternoon session of bingo, Mary and Kathie both won. Mary and Kathie went to the evening session where they both won again.

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Jul 11, 2011 - On The Road To ND

We got on the road just after 8AM, I drove from Three Forks into Miles City, Mt. where we stopped for lunch. After lunch Mary got behind the wheel and drove to Beach, ND from there Shane drove the rest of the way into A Prairie Breeze RV Park in Menoken. We got in just before 7PM, Kathie and Ajay came out a short time later to pick up Shane because he will be staying at Ajay's.

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Jul 4, 2011 - Lazy Last Day in Bismarck

Happy 4th of July. The plan was for us to go over to Mandan for the parade this morning, but we decided we didn't really feel like sitting for a few hours with the sun beating down on us...so we stayed home. Larry got called in to work and then he was going to take Shay to the rodeo. We are not rodeo fans...of course, we've never been to one either...but sitting in the sun just isn't our cup of tea. I decided to go down and do some laundry. When I went back to throw the clothes into the dryer, there were two other folks there. One was an...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Small Town America

As we're leaving our site, we see a class C waiting to register. They're from California. All of a sudden, we seem to be seeing more of them. Started out our day by meeting our friends for breakfast and discussion of what we all wanted to do. Decided after breakfast, we go to the Mandan's (just across the Missouri River from Bismarck) Art in the Park. Basically a street fair with over 100 arts and crafts vendor and 26 food vendors. It was in the high 70's when we got there. It took quite some time to find parking because I do believe...

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Jul 2, 2011 - Where the Deer, Antelope, Bison, Wild Turkey, and Pheasants Roam

We decide since we're having a touristy day, that we'd like to take a drive to the International Peace Garden. Sam gets out the paper map and I get out Streets and Trips and we plot...and plot...and plot....I then compare our route with the North Dakota DOT site to see road conditions. Well, we can get through Minot, no problem...but roads leading off there are closed because of flooding. There are roads that have just warnings because of water near the roadway (been there, done that). We try all different ways and it appears we'd have to...

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Jul 1, 2011 - State Capitol and State Parks

Woke up in the middle of the night to the rain just being thrown down--not good for this area with all of it's flooding. I'll just say that the rain that falls on the plains and those night shades were the reason I slept in (again) until 7:55! Decide afte a cup of coffee, that I would get the laundry under way while the hubs was still sleeping. Not one of the biggest laundries we've used, but with five washers/dryers, I did okay. Typically, I use three machines when I do the weekly laundry. Laundry done-husband up. What to do for the...

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Jun 30, 2011 - Bismarck, North Dakota

Although the KOA on-line for Bismarck was showing no availability, I decided to give them a call. Well, he had one site for one night and potentially another site for two nights, but there was a hold on that one. He would wander down to their campsite in a bit and see if they were staying or not and get back to me. We had decided if all we could get was one night, we would stay at the Elks and we'll stay in Bismarck through the holiday weekend. Don't want to be on the road looking for a room at the inn! When we left the 4H campground at the...

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Apr 27, 2011 - Want A Job?

What a contrast from listening to the national news and then listening to the local North Dakota News, here the state budget has a surplus, unemployment is under 2%, and housing values are on the rise. I'm sure most of it is a result of energy related projects, ND has 1 hydro electric power plant, 8 coal fired power plants, 1 ethanol production plant, 447 large electric generating windmills and they recently discovered another large new oil field on the North Dakota Montana border.

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