The Missouri River is open now, water flowing. The warm sky color looks warmer than the day’s temperature, but sunsets in North Dakota always seem to look warm. It’s easy to get caught up with North Dakota’s sunsets, they are usually rather impressive. But I’ve found that just merely shooting a sunset does not tell as good of story as when I put something in front of the sunset to give it perspective. In this case, the Missouri River and the power plant add to the landscape — one centuries old created by God with a history and romance that fills volumes. The other just a few decades old built by man with a value to civilization south and east of North Dakota where the power is sent to keep alive today’s history and romance.
He’s a big dog, as you can tell by the hand stroking his neck, but this Seaman is larger than life. Indeed Seaman who accompanied Lewis and Clark was a large dog, a Newfoundland, but even that large of dog is no match for this statue at Fort Mandan near Washburn. The replica of the Fort duplicates what is allegedly underwater nearby, the fort where the Corps of Discovery stayed a long winter with the hospitable Mandan Indians and met their young guide Sacagawea.
It’s May and the grass is just beginning to turn green, the skies lack any depth to them because there is so much moisture in the air, but spring is here, and it’s a good time to get out and explore the resurrection of history and its stories in North Dakota.
When this couple cruised by me on the way up River Road north of Bismarck, I had to do what I could to get their photograph. Fortunately, they were accommodating and I actually got several pictures.
They weren’t the only ones out for a warm spring day cruise.
River Road is a tree-line winding road that follows the Missouri River north of Bismarck. It joins up with Hwy 1804 which is named for the year the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery went upstream exploring the Louisiana Purchase. Along the west side of the river is Hwy 1806, the year the Corps came back down the river.
I positioned myself in a way that I could see bikes coming and going, taking the curves riding through the trees. I was rewarded with several good shots of riders who know a good spring ride is closer than you think.
We return to Western North Dakota for a trip down Highway 200 including a stop at the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center in Washburn. The foggy misty night made the large statues a soft glow.
Earlier in the day, I stopped in Golden Valley, North Dakota. On the south side of town is a row of unused equipment, including this old grain truck — still licensed, though not with current tags. Golden Vally has a good display of antique equipment, mostly antique construction equipment. However, if you’re fortunate to be there when the Lindemann’s are around, you can talk them in to touring one of the most extensive Harley Davidson museums anywhere! At least one model HD from every year is in their museum. (More about that later in ND 365.)
My turn around point on the day’s trip was the Killdeer Mountains near Killdeer, North Dakota. Here, one of the many oil rigs is drilling for oil. The area is seeing a resurgence in oil activity. More than 100 rigs are operating in the state, the highest number since the early 1980’s.
January 1, 2010
We’ll visit these larger than life statutes more than once this year. They are at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn.. This is where the Mandan teenager Sagagawea met the Corps of Discovery and then accompanied them, guided them in their long journey up the Missouri river, across the Rockies to the West Coast and back.