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Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Prairie Breeze RV Park

(Menoken, ND) Hi 73 Lo 61 -- This is a small park, with not many amenities, but we like it. It meets our needs for a short stay on our way east. It stays pretty full, mostly with oil field workers in the area. But they leave a few sites open for transients, and it's been full every night. The park is 10 miles east of Bismarck, with no real town nearby. Click on any photo below to enlarge it.

Our site, another nice long pull thru with plenty of room.
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The park is mostly gravel, but there is some grass between the sites.
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The views around us.
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Farm silos on the other side of the trees.
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There’s a couple interesting looking RV’s. This one is a semi trailer with  windows and a door cut out. I'd love to see what it looks like inside.
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This fifth wheel looks like it was home made. Kind of rough looking up close.
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Here's another semi trailer.
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The small bathhouse and laundry.
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We took a drive to Bismarck yesterday to check out the Capitol building. It's not the normal domed Capitol building like you usually see. At 242 feet tall this is the tallest building in the state.
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While downtown we also went to the movie The November Man.



It was an action packed spy movie, sort of like a James Bond movie but not as good. (Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in the 90's.) It had a complicated plot (why do action movies have to have such convoluted plots?). It was good, but we would have been ok waiting to see it on DVD.

Tonight we’ll watch the NASCAR race from Atlanta. Tomorrow we’re on the move, so we’ll see you in two days.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Miles City, MT to Bismarck, ND

(Menoken, ND) Hi 76 Lo 48 -- Thank you so much for all the nice comments on yesterday’s post about our milestone of visiting all 48 states. It’s been a great journey, and it’s nowhere over. We’ll be visiting the places we liked, to spend more time.

Our trip yesterday along I-94 was smooth, but long for us. We like to limit our trips to four hours or so, and yesterday's was about six hours. It was very cloudy but we didn’t get any rain. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)













About halfway on our trip we drove through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We didn't have time to do a proper visit, but one of the rest stops on I-94 has a park Visitors Center and an overlook that looks out over the Badlands.

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It was a beautiful view, and the lighting changed constantly as we stood there with the sun coming in and out of the clouds.
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We saw quite a few oil rigs when we got into North Dakota, but most of the oil fields are in the northern part of the state.
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We also saw some pretty highway decorations.
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I thought I was seeing things. Is that a cow on that hill?
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It sure was.
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We saw a lot of cattle on this trip, and in some places a few were grazing outside the fenced area. I hope they don't wander onto the highway. It’s amazing the ranchers can keep track of their cattle with all the land they have to roam.

We’ll tell you about our RV park tomorrow, then we’ll be on our way again on Monday.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Map Is Complete!

(Menoken, ND) Hi 73 Lo 61 -- We had cloudy weather but no rain on our travels today from Miles City, MT to Menoken, ND (10 miles east of Bismarck). We'll have more about the trip tomorrow.

Today is a very special day. Our arrival in North Dakota marks the final of the 48 states that we've visited since we began our full time journey. We have stayed at least one night in our RV in every state. We moved into Tumbleweed in North Carolina on December 11, 2009 and became full timers as of that date. We started our travels in the Spring of 2010 with a very nervous and tentative trip to Florida, and over four years and 48 states later here we are in Menoken, ND.

Here are all the photos I took as we entered each state for the first time. Sorry for the sloppy arrangement. They're in date order, but I couldn't avoid the gaps between the photos. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

2009-12-11 North Carolina2010-03-10 South Carolina2010-03-12 Georgia2010-03-14 Florida
2010-04-17 Tennessee2010-04-21 Kentucky2010-04-23  Illinois

2011-05-30 Maryland
2010-05-23 Missouri2010-09-18 Ohio2010-09-22 Pennsylania


2010-10-02  Virginia2011-06-06 New York2011-07-07 Michigan2011-07-13 Wisconsin
2012-06-12 Kansas2011-08-02 IOWA2011-09-28  West Virginia2012-04-09 Alabama
2012-05-10 indiana2012-07-07 Wyoming sign2012-06-23 Nebraska
2012-07-01 South Dakota2012-07-16 Colorado2012-8-13 New Mexico
2012-8-15 Texas2012-8-22 Oklahoma2012-09-17 Louisana
2012-09-24 Mississippi2013-07-17 delaware2013-07-22 New Jersey2013-08-03 Masschusetts
2013-07-29 Connecticut2013-07-31 Rhode Island sign2013-08-15 New Hampshire2013-08-19 maine
2014-04-31 Arizona2014-05-20 Utah2014-06-01 Nevada2014-07-07 california
2014-07-10 Oregon2014-07-18 Washington2014-08-09 Idaho
2014-08-12 Montana2014-08-29 North Dakota


We placed the North Dakota sticker on the map we have on the end of our slide out.
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2010-14 states filled in

Our son Rick, who is a professional web designer, created this infographic that summarizes our travels since 2010. (You can see a larger, more detailed version of it here.)



















One thing we can honestly say about our great country is, there is beauty in every state. We can honestly say that as of today, we've seen them all! :)  We want to thank all of our readers for following along with us. We've enjoyed sharing our travels with you.

See you tomorrow.