Postcards from the Perimeter
Grahams Island State Park is on Devils Lake, ND. The Sioux called the lake mni wak’áŋ chante, which roughly translates (word for word) to water spirit bad. The “bad” was in reference to its high salinity and “spirit” because of mirages on the water. Settlers thought it just meant “Bad Spirit Lake” or “Devils Lake”.
Starting in the 1990’s, there’s been quite a bit more rain than ever before, causing Devils Lake to rise. Since there’s no natural outlet, the lake’s footprint is 4 times its size prior to the 1990’s. It’s evident when we drove around the lake that it is flooding its surrounding neighbors. Groves of trees are dying as they get taken over by the lake. Electric and telephone poles now stand in surf. Houses have been moved.
Happy Labor Day, Everyone!
The dogs and I are about to leave North Dakota. We’ll be in Minnesota for the majority of the week, visiting my sister and getting repairs done on Betty the Bus (there’s a little issue with the engine cover between the two front seats coming loose and turning Betty into an oven.)
I’m going to take the opportunity during my visit to attempt boarding the dogs for a couple days. There may be times while traveling when boarding becomes necessary (like in an emergency), so I want to practice when I have support (my sister) and under calmer conditions. Plus it will give me a chance to visit without worrying about the dogs.
Our Country is Beautiful
Did you know that?
I’ve enjoyed every single mile we covered so far, over Washington, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.
Yes, North Dakota Too
People say that North Dakota is flat and boring and you just drive through it to get to where you’re really going.
I, however, found North Dakota intriguing. Rolling hills stubbornly reveal secret rivers and homesteads, and churches built in the pioneer days are still commanding hilltops.
The landscape is every changing, I was never bored. It’s easy to let imagination roam with the history of brave (or crazy) souls bouncing around in covered wagons making their way across miles and miles of rock and sage and lush creek beds.
We did very little side-trip sight-seeing, therefore I cannot report on more than I see from the road and campgrounds. Quite frankly, I find it difficult to make side trips in Betty.
However, we did stop to experience the Geographical Center of North America! (I had a strong urge to meditate and center myself as well.)
If you want to see how the dog travel experts at GoPetFriendly.com explored North Dakota (not far from where we were and at the same time, too!), click here. They really have a nose for finding unique dog-friendly road-trip sights, North Dakota being no exception.
Graham’s Island State Park, ND
Zack, Zoe and I spent most of the long Labor Day weekend here at Graham’s Island State Park (as shown in the postcard up top.)
The campground is awesome. There is plenty of space to romp and walk, beaches for Zoe to splash in the water and wrap herself in eau de fish (apparently the lake here is huge on fishing, the campground and boat launch parking lot were full of trucks with boat rigs.)
We got to follow two horses drawing a carriage (Zack snuck a snack of horse poop before I could stop him). The dogs didn’t particularly enjoy the evening and morning of thunderstorms, but I loved the show.
Personal Safety Issue Raised
During the two nights at Grahams, someone banged intermittently on Betty’s sides.
I’m sure it was just a prankster (I heard their footsteps running away) . But it made me nervous (and the dogs quite a bit, too). So I started taking our personal security more seriously. I will start asking about security when I check into parks and take note who I can call should I run into a problem.
I almost always carry pepper spray, but what to do when you’re home is being assaulted?!
It just so happens the day of the first prankster, I joined a Facebook group for solo women RV travelers. There’re always members on-line ready to lend support (which they did when I posted about what to do when someone started banging on Betty.)
On to the Next
That’s it for now. Time to pull up the jacks, flush the tanks and get these wheels a-movin’!
What do you want to hear about as we continue our journey?
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