Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 3 - Very Busy, Very Long

We drove 700 miles today - not by choice. We ended up in North Dakota and South Dakota in the middle of nowhere. We drove for hours with no traffic, nothing. Great roads with speed limit of 75, but nowhere to stop - not even for gas or food.

Runestone Museum in Alexandria, MN. Really interesting. If you don't know about it, you might want to read about it online. The History Channel had a great program about it a few months ago.

Fergus Falls, MN - you really need to see the largest Otter in the world - he's cute. Some fun things in Fergus Falls!

Jamestown, ND - World's largest buffalo- cement of course. A little "Old West" town - even a quilt shop. I had to check it out. Quilters are always nice.

Bismarck - we made a special effort to see the capitol building -
described as "Art Deco". Looks just like any big office building.
The unusual thing is that it is 19 stories high in a city that has no
other buildings over about 4 stories. It does tend to stand out - and is very easy to find.

Salem Sue - if you're driving on I94 you can't miss Salem Sue, the world's largest cow - cement of course. She really is rather pretty and really, really big.

Enchanted Highway - you have to see it to believe it. Thirty
two miles highway through beautiful countryside with huge metal
sculptures. They have all been created by one man who wants to do something to get people to come to North Dakota. www.enchantedhighway.net.

The Enchanted Highway is why we drove so far today. When we got to the end of the Enchanted Highway, we were literally in the middle of nowhere.

We are very tired tonight. It was a good day. We are staying in a nice, quiet, clean, peaceful place in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Our country is truly a magnificent place. We have driven through such beautiful places - so much wide open space. We drove for hours seeing nothing but beautiful scenery, cows and crops. Sunflower fields as far as the eye can see. It is good to see the wonders of America. We have met so many really nice people. I know it's hard to believe, but they seem to know that we're from the South! They think we have a Southern accent, but I really don't think so.

My eye looks even worse today - I've gotten a lot of sympathetic looks. They probably think I've been beaten up pretty badly.

Tomorrow - Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and much more to see.

1 comment:

  1. Ok. So you spent a lot of time standing under and beside lots of LARGE animals. There must be something psychologically disturbing about that!!??