Sunday, June 20, 2010

Center of the Continent

We continued west and got as far as Sky Dancer Casino on the Turtle Mtn Reservation. To say it stormed is downplaying the hurricane we experienced. Stayed inside and rocked & roll. Late the following afternoon it eased up and we moved to Rugby. It's claim to fame is being the center of the North American continent. They also have a monument for the Northern Lights. We didn't see any lights.

We parked at the Eagles Aarie overnight and in the morning moved 1/4 mile down the road to a John Deere dealer as the Eagles had a big wedding on Saturday night. After moving we toured Dale & Martha Hawk's farm museum. Got our $5 worth at that museum.

The next morning we moved back to the Eagle's but didn't set up. We drove to the International Peace Gardens. To say it was a disappointment is an understatement. The Game Warden museum & memorial was a highlight but the gardens themselves were nil. 2 hanging baskets of begonias and few iris and some blooming lilacs. The fountains were filthy, the walkways had weeds in the cracks and were littered with leaves. We walked to the 9/11 memorial which are girder's from the Twin Towers.

We were told after the fact that the prime time is late July, early August. So why don't they say that in the literature or online. We question why there weren't even spring flowers like crocus, tulips etc. Just before we left we swung by the floral clock. There were a few more flowers.

On the way home we did see this BIG turtle made out of wheels. It's in the Turtle Mountain Range.

Back at Rugby we toured the Pioneer Village museum. It was good. We finished up around 2:45 so figured we would move to Minot. Got there couldn't find the Moose Lodge so kept on going. Stopped at two small towns that touted city parks with rv sites. Didn't find them either. Kept going until we got to Washburn. There is a Lewis & Clark Interpretative Center/rest area so we pulled in for the night.

While traveling we have passed by 5 Wind Farms in various spots in eastern and central ND.

1 comment:

Barbara and Ron said...

Wow! I can see why you would be disappointed! And I don't know if it's just because of the time of year since the beds don't seem to even be planted! Here's our post from there in early September.