Sunday, June 22, 2014


 On Saturday we headed south on  Hwy 83 toward Bismark. We were surprised to see a wind farm for about 15  miles.The turbines were much farther apart and over many more acres then we had seen in California. It is windy here so it makes sense that there would be wind farms. We found out that North Dakota ranks 6th in the country for percentage of electricity provided by wind power.
 We drove about 75 miles to Washburn, ND to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
 It had very informative displays.
 I am dressed and ready to go on this expedition!
 Larry wore a buffalo robe. It was almost too heavy for me to pick up.
 Besides the Lewis and Clark exhibit there were exhibits on homesteading and life on the rivers. We heard a presentation on agricultural in North Dakota. They credit the Native Americans for starting farming and  many of the seeds come from them.  There are many century farms, thus they have been in a family for over 100 years.
 The Missouri river behind the center.
 Fort Mandan was the name of the encampment which Lewis and Clark built for wintering over in 1804-1805.
 The camp was believed to be located about  12 miles from this site but now to be under the water of the river. This is the replica and from the detailed journals that were kept of the expedition it is believed to be pretty accurate.
 There was a very informed guide who explained each of the rooms.This encampment housed about 51 men and all the supplies they carried with them.

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