Saturday, June 16, 2012

ARRRRGGGG!!! Catching Up!!!

Dickinson, ND.

I don't know what's going on with Blogger but I haven't been able to post the last couple days!!! : (  Yeah, I've had a weak signal but I've had weak signals before and have been able to post!!!

Well, anyway, I'm finally able to get this page to come up so I can post, so here goes.

Friday 6/15/12

Miles City, MT.

54 deg. partly cloudy, no wind.

Forecast = Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 81F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40%.

I'm having a real problem with Blogger so I'm posting here on this word processor for now.
We're still in Miles City because of the wind yesterday. It was in the 30 to 40 mph range and the forecasts were saying that it was even stronger in ND where our next stop will be.

Not a whole lot happening here. Too windy to be out and about much. Jim is going to call the CG in Dickinson, ND to make sure they have a site available for tonight. I sure hope they do, cause I don't know where else we would be able to go, except up to US 2 in Williston, ND.

The problem with the Campgrounds in this area is that with the "Oil Boom" in ND most of the parks are filled with oil workers. I understand some parks are holding back a few sites for travelers though.

Well, I'd better get going. Need to get ready to wander some more. : )

Did you know that on this date in 1752 - Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm? The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.

Saturday, 6/16/12

Dickinson, ND.

48 deg. clear, W. wind @ 12 mph.

Forecast = Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 75F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph.

The winds did die down and we left CG in Miles City about 9:15 because by the weather reports, there was a good chance of rain and t-storms coming into the area by noon.

Once back on I-94, we followed it NE up to Glendive where the road turned East and took us into North Dakota. After crossing into ND, it was 61 more miles here to Dickinson and the North Park Campground

It was 12:00 noon when we pulled up to the office, so it took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to travel the 167 miles over here.

Now, let me tell you a little about I-94 between Miles City and Dickinson. It's full of "dips"!!!! They're bad enough that the state has put out warning signs telling you when the worst of them are coming and believe me, you had better slow down or when you come up out of the dip, you'll almost be air-borne!!!!!

There's many of these dips in Eastern MT. and in Western ND!!!

Now, I have to admit that the last 20 or so miles West of Dickinson seemed to be better, so I'm hoping that as we head East from here, the road will improve.

Oh, and remember the rain that I talked about earlier? Well, we probably should have left a little later cause we ran into the tail end of it just before we got here.

This is an OK park. Nothing special but the sites are fairly level and the pull-through are some of the longest you'll find anywhere. The folks in the office a re very friendly and helpful and after you're registered, they lead you to and into your site.

The above photo is of the main road coming into the park. The office is where the person is walking down the street.

As you get farther into the park, this is the view you have, and yes, that's an operating oil well straight ahead at the end of the street.

The above is of the pull-through short term sites. There is no grass between the sites in this area, but all the rest of the sites in the park seem to have at least a small patch of grass and a few small trees between the sites.

The plan for today is to head farther East. It looks like the next RV Park that Jim has selected, is about 200 miles from here so I expect it to take us about 4 hours or so.

Oh, and I'm going to need another drink pretty soon, so we'll probably stop someplace along the way.

Did you know that as the idea of Father’s Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, to honor her father, she chose his birthday which was proclaimed on June 19, 1910, by Spokane’s mayor as the first Father’s Day?

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