The Plan...of course it's written in the sand at low tide....

The Plan...of course it's written in the sand at low tide....

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Medora, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and The Enchanted Highway

We stayed at the Medora Campground....nice park, full hook ups, good size spots, and friendly staff.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is fabulous! We were not well aware of the park before we went but fell in love with it. The first day we did the South Unit. We got to see wild horses and lots and lots of prairie dogs.....Kallie loves prairie was so much fun to watch her as she watched them.
The scenery was beautiful and at times breath taking and we were so surprised but very pleased to have made the stop here.

The next day we drove up to the North Unit, about an hour drive, then took the loop. Shorter drive than the loop at the South Unit but again beautiful scenery and at the end turn around we came across a herd of bison, always fun to drive around and through bison. Jake's favorite is bison and he was alert and intently watching as we drove through them.

Everyone told us the Pitch Fork BBQ Dinner was a must. It's at the top of a hill so you get a great view of the area. There were lots and lots of people there and we had a threat of rain. You sit family style at long tables and section by section they let you line up for dinner. You have a choice of steak or a combination of chicken, ribs, and sides. After dinner everyone, including us, headed over for the Medora Musical. It was in a large outdoor theater and quite the production. Large stage with changing scenes and at some points of the show they even had horses on stage. Lots of singing and dancing and all the kids (remember we're in our late 60's so kids is a relative term) were very good.

Definitely could have spent more time there.

On our way to South Dakota we took "The Enchanted Highway." It was developed by a man from the town of Regent to help promote their town. He got the farming community together to make very large metal sculptures out of things they had laying around to entice people to drive their hwy and come into their town. Not sure it worked but we had fun stopping and seeing their work and enjoyed staying in their RV Park. Large grassy spaces and they had full hookups and sewer so was able to get some laundry done. Don't laugh, when you are on the road all the time it's nice when you have an afternoon and the hookups needed to get the laundry done so you can be off to your next adventure.

First Stop North Dakota

On our way from Canada through North Dakota our first stop was in Jamestown. Cute little town, we stayed at the Frontier Fort RV Park, nothing fancy but full hook ups with a bar & grill in the parking lot....Looked like we were going to have some weather so when we checked in the clerk told Alan, "Not sure how strong the storm will get so we will come and get you to take you to the shelter if it gets too bad." Have to say made us a little nervous when the storm hit but although we got a lot of rain it wasn't bad at all. The next morning we drove down to the end of the street to see their Bison Park and Old Time Town. The bison were across the freeway up a hill so we didn't get to see them up close but their steel replica of a bison was impressive and they did a great job creating an old wild west type of town.

The next morning we headed to Medora, North Dakota and got our first views of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Aunt Betty..........A wonderful and fun person who will always remain in our hearts.

Elizabeth (Betty) Updike, age 94, of Fremont, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Nye Legacy.

Betty was born September 11, 1922, to Jack and Madge (White) Barada in Rosalie, Nebraska. She was the second daughter born to the family that would later total 8 children. Betty was a 1939 graduate of Lyons High School.

Betty married Kenneth Updike on July 3, 1943. She worked at the 'bomber plant' during World War II and later became a stay at home mother until the children were grown. She later worked at Pendleton Woolen Mills until her retirement, which was necessitated by the need to play more golf! An avid golfer, she played and placed in many tournaments around the state and even scored a hole in one. She also enjoyed bowling, was inducted into the Fremont Area Bowlers Hall of Fame in 1982, and was a member of the 600 Club. Playing cards, sewing, gardening and in her early years, square dancing were among her other interests.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenny, daughter and son-in-law Sharon and C.H. Grubb, son Harold Updike, brothers Rex, Kenneth, Dale and William Barada, sisters Althea Byers and Charlotte Slaughter.

She is survived by her daughter in law Wilma (Kraemer) Updike of Waterloo, two grandsons Matthew (Dawn) Updike of Fremont, Jules (Ashley) Updike of Omaha, three great-grandsons Evan and Andrew Updike of Fremont and Jack Updike of Omaha, sister Jo Ann Kubik of Casa Grande, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews.

Winnipeg, Canada

Next stop Winnipeg, Canada to see a friend we meet while cruising.......Jo-Ann. It was great to see her and catch up on old times. She made a lovely birthday dinner for me and took us all over Winnipeg to see the sights. My favorite was the ZOO but the downtown river area was fun too. We finally had some poutine.....and fun on the river ride.

Thanks again Jo-Ann for a great visit.....wish we had more time so much to see and do in Winnipeg.