July 4—tick tick, boom boom

July 05, 2010

Filed in: Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, North Dakota, The Way We Live Now

Happy bday, USA.

I celebrated by standing alone (don’t ask) for three hours watching a hometown parade in a town that was not my hometown. The barrier to entry for this particular parade was charmingly low—if you owned a motor vehicle, preferably some kind of large truck, and/or could reliably...

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The 50th State’s Golden Touch

July 08, 2009

Filed in: North Dakota

Not to brag, but being a 50th State state (AK, HI, ND or KS) elevates you to a status in the national media you’d otherwise never achieve.

Just consider: mere weeks after we visited Alaska, its otherwise little known Governor burst upon the national stage. I don’t need to tell you which...

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The Land of Iceberg Lettuce

July 06, 2009

Filed in: North Dakota

First, the positive: If you like beef, or other kinds of red meat like elk or bison, ND is the place for you. We wound up eating more beef than we usually do, for reasons I will elucidate below, and it was all excellent, even the lowliest burger in the smallest town. (Washburn, I’m looking at...

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Bailing on the Badlands

July 02, 2009

Filed in: North Dakota

Last night about 7, I made the executive decision to cancel our last night in Medora and head back to Bismarck a day early. Don’t get me wrong – the North Dakota Badlands are amazing, and we have had an incredible two days, but the boys are tapped out.

Yesterday, we went mountain biking, which...

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Drift Prairie

June 30, 2009

Filed in: North Dakota

So we’ve had three lovely days here in the Bismarck-Mandan metropolis. Setting aside the terrifying clouds and 50 mph winds that greeted us at the airport, and the all-caps severe storm warnings scrolling across the screen in our hotel room when we checked in (they’d had a tornado touch down less...

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