Jul 09, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
It was with great excitement that we explored the countryside of Fargo as my O'Hara ancestors settled here from Ireland. I do not understand why they chose this area. To be sure there is a great deal of farming but the land and weather would have been unrelenting and harsh.The land is created by a glacier and is wide and sloping with small glades of trees only where the farmhouses are so I think were planted there. Now that we are in Fargo, we will be turning west across the country. I wasn't sure what North Dakota would be like but it was pretty much the same as South Dakota except for the black hills. It really has a beauty of its own and I felt very safe and happy to be here. The rolling hills, open plains, and badlands are again out of cowboy picture books . We stopped first in a town called Jamestown which was the home of the "largest Buffalo"! It was a huge concrete buffalo and there was a little cowboy village along side of it. It was a great place to explore local crafts !! The kids even fed some bison that they had here as pets really. We loved visiting Medora which was a town created by a young french Marquis in the hopes of becoming a beef baron and meat packer with exclusive rights to new york city. He built the meat plant and a beautiful chateau for his young New York bride but it ended in tragedy as he was accused of killing a man and everything fell apart. At any rate, it was here that Teddy Roosevelt came to live in a small cabin on his own ranch after the death of his wife. It is a remarkable story, his life here before becoming the 26th president and I am reading his biography now.The town has been restored and is a really neat western experience. The park itself called the Roosevelt national park is in two parts and the part we did was an hour long drive through badlands and beautiful ranchland where we saw Bison, wild horses and prairie dog towns ! One bull bison was right on the road and it was a little scary. Morgan was saying "its ok mom, just go wide and keep going!" The younger kids completed their junior ranger program here as well so that was fun ! We enjoyed exploring the shops of the town and went to the cowboy hall of fame ! Coralyn has a new cowboy boyfriend who is the best kind of boyfriend ! We love that he is cardboard and I love him as a son already ! We also had lunch at the "chuckwagon buffet" which was all you could eat of everything - so I told the kids this was dinner and to eat till they burst and take extra cookies out with them ! After we left Medora late in the day it was such a beautiful sky and had just begun to cool off that we decided to drive until sunset which is about 8pm now. How the daylight hours are changing now with fall approaching ! By 7:45 we pulled into a small town called Glendive and as we made our way to the state park I began to hear a funny sound from the engine and rather than continue on into the remote badlands of the state park turned back to the town and found a campground right in town. The girls were happy as they had not had showers in a few days and the fellow at the campground directed us to a service station for the next morning ! Good thing when we need help we are always close by to a town !