A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

North Dakota

As we entered North Dakota, our first sights were of the Badlands.  We stopped at Theodore Roosevelt National Park to get some good views of terrain that reminded us greatly of the old western movies we used to watch (John Wayne et al):186.TR National Park, ND188
191.Panorama
Along the road, we passed The World’s Largest Holstein:196.World's largest Holstein             197
Arriving at Bismarck, it was late afternoon (time change) and the only campground in site posted signs that they were full.  But the owner and staff were more than helpful, and found us a lovely large tent site with electricity (so we could run our AC), provided water – and even hosted an ice cream social after dinner!  Anybody traveling through here must stay at Bismarck KOA (there, that’s my advertisement done).
At Bismarck we spent a day exploring, intending to visit the Cultural Museum at the State Capitol.  But when we got there, a tent city was set up – not sure what the protest was all about, but brought back memories of Vancouver, BC’s experience a few months ago.
We did find Buckstop Junction, where we explored old buildings and learned some history of the area:
198.Jl 14 Buckstop Junction at Bismarck
We’d seen tin ceilings before:
204.Tin ceiling
But it was hard to believe that the finish on some of the buildings was not stone, but tin also:
239.Bank       240.Tin siding
I loved the paper doll collage in one of the houses:227
(Can you see Maureen’s shadow reflected in the corner?)
And of course the handiwork:
229.Quilt in 1906 house226
In the school house, the schedule made me wonder how the teacher kept it all straight:
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In the post office – apparently they’re still looking for Al Capone:236.Wanted poster in post office

Carrying on through ND, we came to Jamestown, birthplace of Louis L’Amour.  Grizz is a great fan of his writing, so of course we had to stop.  Here we found a Pioneer Village and Buffalo Museum.
The first sign of buffalo in the area was this sign:250.Jl 15 Buffalo museum, Jamestown
There are apparently 3 albino buffalo in the field – we got a glimpse of one at a distance (from two different angles):
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In the village, this little cabin seemed to speak clearly of the lifestyle on the prairie 100+ years ago:
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And of course Grizz enjoyed his visit to the Louis L’Amour writer’s shack (they didn’t actually say he wrote in this shack, but it was full of biographical info and pictures, as well as copies of all of his books):266.Louis L'Amour writer's shack

Next stop: Minnesota.            Blessings, Peg

2 comments:

  1. We went to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park for the first time and really liked it. Where are you going in Minnesota .. are you then going through Wisconsin and Michigan?

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  2. How do you choose which photos to share? I have a feeling that there are (100s?) more. And what "was ahead"? Two blogs after this cliff hanger I still don't know. Or did I miss something? Or are you building up to it? (Cue mystery music...)

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