Trip Start Aug 14, 2010
24Trip End Sep 05, 2010
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Where I stayed
Hilton Garden Inn Fargo
Miles traveled: 200
States covered: North Dakota
Weather: Rainy, with intermittent whining
Meltdowns: Abby 3 meltdowns, resulting in 3 time outs and loss of beloved flip flops for the day, possible ramifications for tomorrow TBD
Highlights: North Dakota Capitol, Largest Buffalo in the World (unnamed), Fargo Mall (actually pretty sad), Owen turned 4 months today!
Abby QOTD: "Remember the ketchup issue." (Reflecting back to lunch when her dad, understandably fed up with her refusal to share ketchup took the 2 ketchup cups on the table and to her amazement dumped them together on the tray and proclaimed, "Here's how we fix that." (Paul QOTD)
Mommy QOTD: "There is no whine in team." (Witty, but did not stop the whining as we were hurrying to get in the car during a deluge after dinner at Panchero's -- Yvette, are you jealous?)
Belated update: We hit 3000 miles just prior to New Salem, ND (the big cow) yesterday, for all of you tracking that.
North Dakota Trivia du jour: "Dakota" means what in Sioux?
Yesterday's Trivia: No participants. Answer: 6 National Park sites dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt? Bonus: Ann and Paul have visited 4.
We started and ended our day in serious rain storms both of which seemed to peak at the exact time we needed to load or unload the car
Then we high tailed it East with a stop in Jamestown
Then it was back on the road to Fargo. The rest of the trip we just saw a lot of wheat, sunflowers (ND is #1 sunflower producing state) and tons of hay being bailed. Paul and Ann, who are completely agriculturally illiterate (as you may recall from our inability to identify a single crop besides corn on our 2007 Odyssey) are still trying to understand the bailing process.
In a somewhat futile search for a few North Dakota souvenirs, we had a short and weird stop at the Fargo West Acres mall. Apparently not used to requests about souvenirs, the people from the hotel sent us to some lame places, including a Scandinavian gifts store. (If we wanted Norway t-shirts, we'll get them when we go to Norway.) Not sure about this friendliest people things, we're not meeting them...and no one seems to be able to understand our "accents" -- we were asked today if we were from the "deep South" and when Ann said "No, we are from Maryland" the lady looked at us very strange
No Cohen brothers sightings...and our welcome letter from the General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn was quick to point out that "the movie was actually filmed in Brainerd, MN!" (exclamation point in original text)
And finally, Happy 4 months to Owen today!
Check back tomorrow for photos. . . the extremely slow internet access at our Hilton Garden Inn has frustrated our attempts to post them. Hopefully, you can read this.