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Wednesday June 19, 2002:  Bismarck, ND - Medora, ND

Today was another day of changing weather that turned our way when we really needed it. First stop was the great interpretive center at Washburn, ND, with wonderful murals, paintings and three dimensional exhibits interpreting everything from early Indian culture through Lewis and Clark, the fur trade and the steamboat era. ok

Then it was two miles north to visit the re-creation of Fort Mandan. There we were met by Sgt. Gass, who told us all about the construction of the winter quarters 1804-1805. The re-enactor, Mike, is a carpenter by trade, just as Sgt. Patrick Gass was. Our hosts graciously gave us permission to fly our flag over this neat fort.

 

We could still see the depressions of 51 earth lodges in the ground. This was the summer village of the Mandan's, on top of the bluff. The winter village, where Lewis and Clark met them, was right down on the river bank where there was less wind and more wood.

Nature Notes

Patricia writes: Today we saw about a dozen elk on a hill along the road across the great plains, and about 15 buffalo in the Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park Also saw beautiful purple flowers, "Deme's Rocket" at Knife River

Bird Sightings: Baltimore Oriole, House Wren, House Finch, Magpie, Yellow Warbler, 21 White Pelicans, Bobolink, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Cedar Waxwing, western Kingbird, Western Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird.
 

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