After a brief overnight stop in Mobridge, South Dakota on Friday night, we arrived yesterday at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park near Mandan, North Dakota. This is #46 on my list of states--I just have Oregon, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii left. Probably not all in one trip. On our way here we passed through Standing Rock Reservation and the site of the ongoing protests over the Bakken pipeline. Since the government ordered a temporary halt to construction late Friday, there was not an active protest, but there was still lots of activity. We wish them the best.
Fort Abraham Lincoln is a beautiful park. North Dakota state park camping is more expensive than Iowa but they obviously spend more on facilities. On the grounds are the old military barracks and a restored Mandan village along with a great visitor center originally constructed by the CCC. There is also a trolley that runs to the town of Mandan. We checked out the village and the center yesterday.
Today we will explore the barracks area and drive to the restored Fort Mandan where Lewis and Clark spent their first winter. It's a chilly morning but supposed to be in the 80s today--with a drop into the 50s tomorrow.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.