Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Crazy Daisy Tour Day 6: Jamestown, ND to Minot, ND

Near our hotel in Jamestown, ND, is an attraction called Frontier village which is home a herd of buffalo including White Cloud, an albino and her one albino and four brown calves. I saw some brown buffalo peacefully grazing but didn't catch a glimpse of either White Cloud or Dakota Miracle, her son. The world's largest buffalo (above) was constructed in 1958. The good folk at Jamestown are currently running a contest to name him. Makes you wonder what took them so long. Jamestown's other claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Western fiction writer Louis L'Amour who lived in the town until age 15. At the time of his death in 1988, at age 80, all 89 novels and 14 short story collections penned by L'Amour were still in print.
Driving along county roads lined with crops we stop to look at the American White Pelicans, Double-breasted Cormorants, gulls, Canada Geese and many varieties of duck on the sloughs and lakes.
At Minot we are ecstatic to get a room at the Comfort Inn, the first place we tried. As was the case during our Wild West Tour in 2008, the "oil men" stake claim to most of the hotel/motel rooms in parts of North Dakota and Montana.
About 40% of Minot's population are descendants of Scandinavian settlers, primarily Norwegian. Scandinavian Heritage Park is a beautiful tribute to the craftsmanship and contributions of folk from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Among the many impressive buildings and monuments is the Gol Stave Church (below), a full-size replica of a famous Norwegian church that is now in a park in Oslo.

Daily Distance: 330 km Fuel Cost: $11.01 US

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