And we're off.
Trip Start Jul 29, 2012
25Trip End Aug 01, 2013
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Our initial plan was to button up the house together and drive, as a family, to Minnesota to begin our adventure. When Leah got word that she had been awarded the “Best Article Prize” by the Rural Sociological Society and their flagship journal Rural Sociology, we decided she should accept the prize in person in Chicago at the end of July
I departed Bozeman in the late afternoon of Sunday, July 30, and began driving east. At 11:30pm, my eyelids were getting heavy, so I pulled into the Buffalo Gap Campground in the Little Missouri National Grasslands in western North Dakota and found a spot to sleep. My plan was to sleep in my tent, but when I got out of the car and felt cool, bug-free air, and looked up at the clear, star-filled sky, I decided to skip setting up the tent and enjoy a night in the open. I had a great sleep. I’ll go back to that campground.
North Dakota sometimes gets a bad rap for being flat and boring. Driving through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the morning was anything but boring. Beautiful light, beautiful landscape, peaceful aura … a nice way to start the day.
The rest of the drive was smooth. I caught a couple of cat naps at rest areas along the way. Plopping down on my sleeping pad and pillow in shady, grassy spots, I woke up refreshed. It was wonderful to see Micah, Zola, and Leah at our first family gathering spot – Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN.