Day 49: Monday, July 19th, 2021

An early morning up and out, I said my goodbyes to Bismarck and had plans to hit some other North Dakota spots on the way to Montana. It’s always a weird feeling to pack up a week’s worth of living in one spot and not feel a bit of sadness. The room was great at America’s Best Value Inn, for $55 a night, it was a steal in comparison to the Murder Hotel I am staying at this evening. The week before in South Dakota was almost twice as much for the week, and this last room was actually really comfortable. I love when I asked for a smoke-free room and that’s all I can smell right now…thank God for Angela and her washing machine tomorrow.

I took today in sections, making the 7 hour drive a bit more bearable by stopping at some interesting points and treating it like a day long adventure and not a mind numbing, long, drive.  I will be repeating this process tomorrow, waking up crazy early to get the heck out of this area.  The first stop was the CENTER of NORTH AMERICA. I know, North Dakota? How is that the center? AND they actually have a rival in Rugby nearby who says “No, WE are the Center!” I mean, one is LITERALLY located in the town of CENTER, ND, on CENTER boulevard. The other one is at some guys bar in Rugby….I mean, who would benefit more from having it on “their” property? The farmer or the bar owner? It took me awhile to find it, located out in the Country, literally nothing else around. It has flags locating where to drive in, and then a walk way to the exact spot with a sign and boulder on it.  I thought it was cool, so Walter and I took pics of course. (When he wasn’t bogarting the Red Vines…dude, is it possible to share those?)

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From there it was onto Theodore Roosevelt National Park! Craig and I had such a great time here in 2018, it was his FIRST National Park. So I shared the view with him via video, and bought him a hat for his collection. It was fun to see the “Painted Canyon” on the way to the North entrance, which by the way, is an EXCELLENT way to see Teddy’s Park without having to pay to go in!  The view is incredible and they have a visitors center with a gift shop- so if you need a sticker, pin, postcard, or anything else, this is a great stop. Also a Rest Area, so great to stretch your legs, take the dog for a walk, use the Restroom and then see this gorgeous view!

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Painted Canyon

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I used my “America the Beautiful” card to get into the Park’s North entrance, where his log cabin is located, and stopped at that Visitors Center as well followed by a drive through the Park. Just gorgeous. Even with the temps today hitting eventually 112 degrees!

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Right after Teddy’s Park, you enter Montana!! I was happy to be in my destination State for the day, and it was just the long drive to Billings. Another stop on the way, “Pompey’s Pillar National Monument” which was pretty cool! All of the 20 minutes I spent here…this was the hottest part of the day, and I was like standing in front of an open oven just to take the pics. It was cool for a stop. Half hour later I landed at my “Hotel” and pretty much started working on this and will head to bed right after. This hotel I would like to forget as soon as possible, would like my car ok in the morning, and the deadbolt is on the door. I am sure it’s fine, but you get those vibes and it’s hard to shake off. It’s a means to an end to get me to the halfway point to Angela’s home in Kalispell tomorrow. 

Pompeys Pillar National Moument

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I am also having to watch the MANY wildfires that are surrounding Billings right now, pray for me. Morning can’t come soon enough and I will be on my way to a safe home, safe bed, safe friend. See you tomorrow.

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Day 48: Sunday, July 18th, 2021

I can’t believe I woke up excited to work today LOL. I had this fun idea to put each State into it’s own “wrap up” post by adding all of the links to my blog posts and their websites in one pretty package.  That way, those looking for a certain State could see everything I did and have the links all on the same page too check out for themselves.  A lot of work, but fulfilling knowing I am helping someone’s next adventure out.  While I did that, Walter filled out postcards for me.

Muppet Walter

Last day here in North Dakota, it’s all about cleaning my car and my hotel room, along with packing up for the early morning drive out and onto Montana. After my late morning routine, I headed out to find lunch somewhere new, one more time here in North Dakota. I had seen “Sickies” near Wendy’s a couple of days ago, and it looked like a “Ford’s Garage” type restaurant.  A garage atmosphere, it was all about burgers, brews, and everything in between. Lunch special was a garage burger with fries, including a soda, for $8! Such a great deal, I ordered it and it came pretty quick. The booth was comfortable and I enjoyed the atmosphere. I would HIGHLY recommend it for a fun bite to eat!

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Stickies Bismarck ND

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Stickies Bismarck ND

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Stickies Bismarck ND

Stickies

Now just chilling in my room, getting more writing done. Craig and I planned California (the L.A. area) over the phone, got lots booked, and I am SO EXCITED to see the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and Disneyland! We have it all figured out and that makes me feel better. I don’t see him until November, but it will be fun to hang out and have someone to talk to. Lots to look forward too, and when it gets hard, that’s what I have to remind myself of. It’s been fun North Dakota, beautiful State, but I am very happy to move on tomorrow to Montana….my FAVORITE National Park is waiting for me there. 😊 See you tomorrow!

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Day 47: Saturday, July 17th, 2021

After dealing with a migraine in the middle of the night, I worked it out by morning and was finally relaxed to enjoy some much needed work that I had to get done.  I had planned this adventure to a point and then just sort of stopped. Maybe exhaustion, maybe I got busy, but it still needs to be planned and Idaho was on the list first. So I researched for a couple of hours, booked my points of interests, 2 hotels in total with one stay for 5 days and one for 2.  It’s right before I go camping in Yellowstone, so I wanted to book something nice before I don’t have a real bathroom, shower, or bed for a week. Yay, camping is going to be so much fun! LOL

The only thing I had on the roster today was the “Lewis and Clark Riverboat” tour.  Now, online, it sounded amazing. Brunch with a ride down the Missouri river…sounded peaceful. I had in my head my days of standing on the Liberty Belle at the Magic Kingdom, feeling the wind on my skin, the sunshine on my face.  Listening to the narration as we meander down the River… while an occasional text came in and I would chat with my close ones.  Not today.

Lewis and Clark Riverboat Bismarck ND

I checked in the white trailer…yes, you heard me.  The gal checked me in and couldn’t be less enthused if she tried.  There was no clear area to park my car, so where I wound up parking I just said a prayer and hoped I would see Ellie again after the boat ride.  There was a long line started, well before 11 a.m. The voyage didn’t shove off until 11:30, so there we all were, standing in the hot sun, it was like being back at Disney! LOL

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I was expecting a real Riverboat, and basically it was a souped up pontoon boat. My ticket was $33, not cheap, so I am expecting this grand ship and I saw this.  Not ugly, just small, and no room for anyone to roam around, so I basically stayed in the same spot the entire time.

Lewis and Clark Riverboat Bismarck ND

Everybody wanted the open top floor, and even though I wanted the “wind on my face” I also saw how freaking windy it was!  I pictured me trying to eat my food while Walter flew off one way, and my paper plate the other. Yes, paper plates and plastic utensils. The one thing they could make VERY nice was real dishes and silverware. We all know the feeling of eating somewhere with real plates and then plastic… it’s fine dining vs a barbeque.  Yet the tables had linen tablecloths… I understand if this was a measure taken because of the Pandemic (the plastic) but it just made everything feel cheap.  

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I wound up choosing the corner in the buffet area, thinking “at least Ill be close to the food.” I faced out the windows so I could just enjoy the view, Walter never even came out for pics. The engine was SO LOUD underneath me that I couldn’t hear ANY of the narration they were playing over the speakers, and I had one OVER my head!

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The food? Well their version of “brunch” was eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, donuts, and fresh fruit. Sounds good right? Well it was a “Come get it” buffet style.  So if you were on the top deck, you got crumbs. The first floor ate, and then the second, and they decided it was a good idea to have the buffet AND its line of people in the same area as everyone eating on the first floor. So as I ate I had people constantly bumping my table, not paying attention, and I just stared at my phone trying not to react.

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The tour was from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. and honestly it was too long. Nope, I wasn’t drinking, may have been more fun as a booze cruise. They weren’t clear about drinks at ALL- no one came around to let you know that you HAD TO PURCHASE WATER. Yes, not even water was included in the $33 price tag. You would have to go and buy drinks at the bar, any kind, even for your meal. I thought it was a really cheap move – include water.

Lewis and Clark Riverboat Bismarck ND

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Worth it? Well you should know what I am going to say- no. It was too crowded, not enough room to roam, not everyone could enjoy an open air environment, the food was lackluster, the lower level was incredibly loud, and nothing was explained once you boarded. Skip it, go to the Dakota Zoo or the Enchanted Highway. See you tomorrow, my last day in North Dakota!

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Day 46: Friday, July 16th, 2021

I slept much better last night, which is weird since I got some bad news before going to bed. Well maybe not bad but disappointing- Kyra got a new job and won’t be able to make it to Washington to hang out with me as planned. The Momma bear in me is very proud of her and wants her to achieve great things, the selfish, friend in me, wanted her to come to save my sanity and enjoy all of the “Twilight” goodness with me…guess it’s just me and Walter. I am going to have to find out if Walter is Team Edward or Team Jacob.  If he has any Vampire sense, he is Team “Lost Boys” …. But there is room for all Vampire love. LOL So life moves on, I am going regardless, I will miss her there and Facetime her a bunch to share it with me.

On the way to the main attraction of the day, I came across “Salem Sue.” Sue can be seen for miles, her beautiful Holstein body standing upon a high hill in the city of New Salem.  Being from WI, I felt I HAD to stop by and see Sue. It wouldn’t be right to not connect with my dairy intolerant history…yes, now as an adult I don’t do so hot with dairy. I LOVE being an adult! LOL The drive up is unpaved, and there is a switchback, so be aware that it is NOT RV or “Trailer pulling” friendly. I could barely get my car in the parking area, as there were a hodge podge of large passenger vans just parked really wonky. Nothing I want more than to BACK UP on a high overlook…reminded me of how I used to feel on the old “Maelstrom” ride at Disney and every time that boat would back out of the building…I knew I was fine but something always made me a tad nervous. So I just parked as best as I could, ran up the hill, grabbed pics, and headed back to my car to get out before the large youth group at the top would have to figure out how to maneuver around my car to get back down. Worth the stop, I donated to her paint job, and I was on my way.

Salem Sue

Salem Sue

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Salem Sue

I then headed down 94 to find “The Enchanted Highway” – you say what? YES! A road full of fun stuff that is for taking pictures and just admiring someone’s artistic work.  Nestled between the small towns of Dickinson and Regent in North Dakota, it stretches about 25 miles showing off it’s creative fantasies. I started from Dickinson off 94 and then took it to Regent which has a gift shop for the Highway a long with the Castle Hotel and an impressive Knight and Dragon on the front lawn. It took me about half an hour to drive the Enchanted Highway, plus another 5-10 minutes at each stop for pics and reading the info posted at each one.  They also have signs at each one telling you for far the next one is…since I didn’t know how far this went, I got nervous on how far “off the beaten track” this road was.  But, it was pretty easy and not very long at all.

Enchanted Highway

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Enchanted Highway

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Enchanted Highway

 

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After a full day of fun, I was ready for a place to sit and chill for lunch. I had passed this place called “Space Aliens” several times in town here, so I decided, TODAY WAS THE DAY TO EAT WITH ALIENS!  I sat myself in the bar area, as it was less crazier than the main area (imagine Chuck E Cheese but Space themed). The cool thing is that this is advertised as a Grill and Bar…and yet it’s for everyone in the family. They had booths that were SO FUN- I was almost jealous I couldn’t sit in one! Space themed, it was just FUN. Remember fun? I enjoyed the bar area, sitting in a plain booth, but I decided to order a big lunch and then go light on dinner, if anything at all. So I went for the BBQ ribs, cheesy vegetables, and baked beans. As a kid, I could eat cans and cans of baked beans…yeah, my ass must’ve exploded at some point LOL. Seriously- they were my favorite. The food came and I was in BBQ heaven…who knew Aliens loved ribs so much? Wait….maybe I was EATING the Alien’s ribs???? Meh, who cares, they were delicious, shouldn’t have messed with our planet on Independence Day…just saying.  And after I ate their ribs, I got their ears “to go” for a treat tonight in my hotel room.  Pastries with chocolate, more commonly known as “Elephant Ears” but on this ship, they are called “Alien Ears.” I may or may not have already eaten one…yummy.  Affordable place, and the bar area had sports on TV screens, so a fun place to let your kids play games after your meal while you grab a beer and watch a game. I LOVED it- check it out if you find yourself in Bismarck, ND!

Space Aliens Bar & Grill

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Space Aliens Bar & Grill

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Space Aliens Bar & Grill
White Claw Machine…seriously.

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Space Aliens Grill & Bar

Space Aliens Grill & Bar
BBQ Ribs, Cheesy Vegetables, and Baked Beans

 

 

Space Aliens Grill & Bar
Alien Ears with Chocolate

Tomorrow I am headed to the Missouri River…stay tuned to see what I will be doing. Have a great Friday night!

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Day 45: Thursday, July 15th, 2021..

I wasn’t in a good place last night, I truly thought about quitting this whole thing. No one is holding me accountable but me…and yet, when I make a commitment, I truly want to make good on it. This is supposed to be fun, this is supposed to be an adventure, so why the gloom and doom sometimes? Well, I like being around people. It’s the social aspect that is hard for me when it is absent. I knew these two weeks in the Dakotas would be rough on me socially and mentally, but I am still going and I am still moving forward.  So with that anxiety attack behind me, I decided to make today a chill day.  I tucked Walter in before running off…he was most excited about the day off.

Muppet Walter

With driving so much across the Country, “Ellie”, my car, needs to be serviced every 6,000 miles with a high mileage oil change, tire inspection, fluid top offs, and overall “check” to make sure she is running clean.  With gas prices on the rise, it’s taking about $40 right now to fill the tank, and an occasional $12 car wash to remove all of the buggies who think they are getting a free ride.  I did have a nice conversation with the people at Valvoline who told me what else there was to do around here, very kind people in North Dakota thus far.   I then headed to “Cracker Barrel” to see if they had my potpourri that smelled SO GOOD in my car… Corey knows, he was in LOVE with it when I had it laying against his birthday card.  I walked in, realized I didn’t do my protein shake today, and was starving. So I took myself out to breakfast, and had me a “Me Party.”  It was glorious with my eggs and ham, hashbrown casserole, and sweet apples. It would have been better had they had my potpourri…no, not to eat, but for my car, and alas, they didn’t have the one I wanted.  I guess I will watch for another Cracker Barrel tomorrow or on the way to Montana on Monday.

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Cracker Barrel Bismarck ND

Today I thought it would be fun to show you what “items” I use every day that are a GOD SAVE for me while I travel. Some are simple, most probably are I guess, but they are helping me keep my sanity.

  • My Power Strip
    • I learned many a trip ago, that hotels, especially older ones, don’t have enough outlets for the amount of things I need to charge every day. It has even helped at friend’s homes so I that I have everything I need plugged in. I used to not bring one and have to plug something in the bathroom, and behind the bed, then on the other side of the desk…it was annoying.

Power Strip for Hotels

  • My Blendjet
    • I bought this for myself with Kyra’s gift card I got at Christmas. I saw them on Facebook and thought “Hey, a personal blender for my trip, how perfect!”  I have used it for 7 months an counting now and I LOVE it!!! I keep all of my protein shake items in one bag, so I just grab that bag when moving from hotel to hotel.  It is battery operated but I like charging it more- and recently I had a cord issue and they are going to send me one to my home at no charge! I loved mine so much that I wound up buying a back up one “just in case.”

Blendjet

  • My Ice Cube Tray
    • What you say? Ok, I was walking around the Dollar Store in Florida before I left and I saw this tray in the picnic section for the summer. I thought “PERFECT!” I need smaller cubes for my Blendjet, even though it could handle the bigger ones, it wears down the blades so much faster the bulkier the stuff you put in.  What I LOVE about this tray is that it has a rubber bottom, so you just push the bottom out and they pop out of the top- genius! It’s easy to store and it DOES fit in the hotel freezers.

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  • My Packers Lanyard
    • OK, so it could be any lanyard, but I knew I needed one already at the start of my trip. When I get out at rest stops and such, I usually am grabbing my phone, my purse, and whatever else I don’t want seen in my car in those few minutes I am gone.  I was struggling holding onto my keys with everything else, and the lanyard is a nice reminder that they are safely with me at all times when I am not driving.

Green Bay Packers Lanyard

  • USB Tower
    • The easy fix for items that have a USB cord and it has adhesive on the bottom so it sticks right next to my bed. It has a warm blue light as well, a great night light when you need to grab something off of it. (Amazon)

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  • The Vornado Fan
    • Ok, this one is one of my favorites. I sleep with a fan on at home, and I used to bring those cheap $10 fans that you put on your desk or under it, barely someone blowing on your face. Then I was at “Bed, Bath and Beyond” in TX visiting Mom in April, and I walked past the fans. The Vornado one was super quiet yet super strong- and it was true love. I like the air, but I also like it blocking out hotel noise, even though it isn’t crazy loud.  A HUGE thank you to Craig for this travel gift, it has been amazing!

Vornado Fan

  • The Pill Box
    • An obvious one for many, but I use it for my vitamins. I started taking a bunch to help with my health and migraines, and I love to organize, so I love putting 2 weeks worth at a time in it and not having to deal with all the bottles every day.

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  • The Blue Bag
    • My dear friend in IL gave me this blue backpack for Walter to travel in when I go from place to place. As much as I LOVE carrying Walter, I fear what people are thinking of me, so I put him away and then he is just carried around until I need him.

Blue Bag

  • Poo-Pourri Spray
    • I, Amy, poop. Yes, shocker. I eat a LOT of spinach….I stay at people’s homes. I would like them to want me back…there ya go. It works. Thanks to Christa who supplied me this one since I didn’t have mine with me.

Poo-Pourri Spray

  • Tupperware
    • Ok, I have other real dishes, packed for more camping. Grabbing some of the cheaper Tupperware gives me the ability to microwave a bunch of stuff AND have bowls to eat out of. I just wash them out, use them for the week, toss them until the next hotel. I only rebuy if I have too.

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  • My Coin Purse
    • Well, the makers of my Orange Bird Wallet didn’t believe in having a coin area, so I had to invest in one so I had somewhere to put my quarters for laundry at the hotels. I bought this one on this trip….I have a thing for “kindness.”

Kindness Coin Purse

  • My Blue Suitcase

My blank canvas to sticker galore with…I will use both sides and then save them for the next thing I can “adhere” too. It also carries 95% of the items I use in my room all week- I am a Master Packer…yes, you read that right.

Travel Stickers

And that’s most of my favorite items right now…I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday, see you tomorrow!

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Day 44: Wednesday July 14th, 2021

When I arrived in Bismarck, North Dakota this past Monday, I was exhausted from the drive. I couldn’t imagine driving anywhere for longer unless it was the next State…yet clearly I just needed rest. Last night I decided to drive to Fargo today…first of all, hello, the REAL woodchipper is there and second, it’s on the back of my “Spread Kindness” T-Shirt- I’d look like a real idiot not going there. So I set my alarm, headed out before 7 am and thankfully it was a straight shot over on 95. A 3 hour shot, but at least it wasn’t on “Bob’s Road.”

On the way, I stopped at about the halfway point in Jamestown to see the “Largest Buffalo” which was located in a cute, little frontier village. Since I was there a little after 8 a.m., nobody was around, so I just walked around and took pictures.

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Worlds Largest Buffalo

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Worlds Largest Buffalo

Worlds Largest Buffalo

 

Another 90 minutes later, I had arrived in Fargo and safely found parking in a garage. They were getting ready for a street festival this weekend, so the downtown was completely closed off to regular parking.  Normally finding where to put my car puts me into cardiac arrest in larger cities, but it wasn’t busy at all today, so I was proud I had a hold of my anxiety on it.  First couple of hours were free, I thought that was really kind of them.

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I headed down Broadway and just walked…taking in all of the fun buildings and sights. It was still kind of early in the day, so not much was open. All of the vendors were starting to set up for the Festival, so I tried to just stay out of the way when exploring.  It is usually what I do in the big cities- just walk, breathe it in, stay safe, try not to look like a tourist too much although pulling a muppet out of a bag and taking it’s pic is sure to raise some eyebrows…all in all, I make it work. I just pretend I deserve to be there like they do.

 

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Fargo ND

 

I grabbed a sandwich and headed to my car, wanting to get to the Welcome Center that housed THE Woodchipper from the movie “Fargo.” On my quest for TV and Film Locations, I felt it would check that off for not only the movie prop, but the city itself. I found it right off the Interstate, looks like it’s in a huge barn, and it serves as the Fargo AND Moorhead Welcome Center. What’s Moorhead? A stone’s throw from where I was, yes….the Minnesota border. A bit of de je vu for me. I could have hopped over, but I thought “Man, I already did MN” LOL. I know, stupid, but this is what is rattling around my brain.  In the parking lot they have the stunt double of the woodchipper, because, ya know, every woodchipper needs a double. BUT the best is when you enter the Welcome Center…and there she is in all of her glory. Great pics, I even got the Fargo sticker with a woodchipper on it. Because it’s cool ok? Perfection is the fact that I just watched the movie in the hotel last week- score!

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F M Visitors Center Fargo ND

F M Visitors Center Fargo ND

F M Visitors Center Fargo ND
Walter and the Woodchipper…
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The REAL Woodchipper from the movie “Fargo”

 

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F M Visitors Center Fargo ND

I then headed to “Riverside Cemetery” since has been noted in the Paranormal world as being severely haunted…the Mausoleum in particular. Well, I drove through, found it, and it was locked. I did play my ghost app visiting around the area, got a couple of hits, and even a last name. Definitely a creepy vibe to this one, must be very spooky at night. I know I would freak the frank out if I saw a TURKEY while walking during the dark…yes, TURKEYS roam in here. It was a new one!

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As I headed out of Fargo, I stopped of at Bonanzaville, USA, another old town attraction. Old homes, post offices, etc… it was pretty cool. It was very quiet, so I just meandered from one building to another, chatting on the phone with a dear friend so I didn’t feel so alone.

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The Courthouse was beautiful

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After about an hour and a half here, I started the long trek back to the hotel.  Three hours later I was back in my room, nuking my dinner, and cozying up in my Mickey blanket I brought from home. VERY homesick today, struggled mentally, but I am still here.  I am fighting so many battles that people just don’t know about, so some days they find their way in and like to convince me that I can’t do this. I know I can. The brain is a bitch. See you tomorrow.

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Day 43: Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

First morning in a new Hotel, always a rough one. I wake up not knowing where I am right away, and usually I don’t sleep very well. Wide awake at 4:30 a.m., I just sat on YouTube and watched videos, trying to get sleepy. Did some more travel research for this trip, specifically this week, and eventually fell back asleep.  I don’t know about you, but once my sleep schedule is messed up, my morning is completely thrown off. So I dragged myself out of bed, got through my routine, shake done, and I headed out to see Bismarck.

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I am not sure why I chose this as my central location for this State, since many things I plan on seeing are a good couple hour car rides all sorts of directions.  Because of the long drive yesterday, I wanted to take it as easy as possible today while still getting out of my hotel room today.  I decided to fill my gas tank and get a car wash right away- the front of “Ellie” was nothing but bugs, it was super disgusting. After she was fed and cleaned, we headed to “Dakota Zoo” which was super close by.

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Zoos can be hit and miss, but there isn’t much to do here, so there’s that. And man oh man, I LOVE getting surprised.  $10 admission for adults, it was a cheap date with Walter and I literally took it as a walk to stretch my legs and just enjoy the sunshine-animals were a bonus. 

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First off, it was quiet. A couple of families here and there, but it was near empty. 70 degree weather, a light breeze, I am in my sandals and I am just LOVING life. I just took my sweet time from exhibit to exhibit, taking pics and drinking in the sunlight. Walter fell in love with the prairie dogs! After a couple of hours, I was starving and decided that lunch would be the classic hot dog, chips, and a Coke zero. I never loved a hot dog more…it was the most delicious thing on the planet in that moment. You know how that one food just hits the spot in that moment? I was in love with my small lunch, and I swung my legs like a little kid as I enjoyed each bits at my picnic table.

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Now fed, I had more energy to do the “Wilderness Walk” which was a mile walk through the woods among deer, bison, reindeer, camels and bison.  Nobody was back there, so I just walked and talked to the animals for a good hour, it was amazing. To find such a peaceful place, without crowds, just by yourself…I had forgotten what peace felt like amongst the craziness and common days of Disney World.

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I spent about 3 hours in the Zoo total- that includes my lunch time.  They have a train ride for an extra cost, and they have feeding stations all over the Zoo that take quarters only so bring your change!  Well worth the money and time, and such a nice break from the chaos of tourist traps. HIGHLY recommend “Dakota Zoo.” 

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I drove to the Capital and took pics around the area, and then headed back to the Hotel for a much needed nap.

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I haven’t figured out tomorrow yet, so let’s be surprised together LOL. See you then!

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Day 42: Monday, July 12th, 2021

Last week was my first time staying in a hotel by myself for an entire week. Very new to me, since the road trips of 2017 and 2018 were one night here and there’s, nothing long lasting like this was. At first, I was like “So this is my home for the next 7 nights….” BUT then my attitude changed as the week went on and I felt a bit more grounded having one place as I toured around the State. It was nice to just take what I needed for the day and leave everything else. So I packed up my week stay, reconfigured my car again, and headed out at 8:30a.m. this morning. 

Now, had I known what I would be driving for the next 5 straight hours, I would have downloaded a bunch of new podcasts to keep me interested and awake.  But, it was music the entire time, while fields of gold passed me over, and over, and over again. When they say there is nothing to see between the Dakotas- they aren’t lying. The State sign I came across was IN A FARM FIELD in the middle of nowhere! Needless to say I just wanted to get to my Hotel without incident, which thankfully, I did.

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I can say I am getting quite the tour of WalMarts in each State…as I grocery shop them for my dinner and shakes.  I am still trying to eat lunch out and then relax at night with a microwaveable meal and a salad. The last fridge had a tiny freezer- this one thankfully is nice and big so I could buy a lot more for the week instead of having to run multiple times. I still need to plan out my week, but I am just happy to have made it safely, food in my tummy and in the fridge, Castaway is on, and I took a much needed nap. I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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