Monday, March 21, 2011
Just Visiting Around Today
"Are you SURE you're on the road to Bismarck?" Jack asked today for the third time.
"Of COURSE I'm sure....well, pretty sure," I hesitantly replied. "There haven't been many signs."
That alone was a bad sign. Others followed in quick succession. Upon turning on the compass (instead of the always-entertaining thermometer), it read "E" instead of "S". Then, a minute or two later, there was at last a highway sign, and sure enough it was Highway 2 instead of 83. A mere paltry difference of 81, but enough to get me in trouble.
And that is how I came to visit any number of little North Dakota towns that I might otherwise never have seen. Towner was the spot I turned around, and after looking up several options, found a shorter route than going all the way back through Minot.
Keep in mind that not only was I supposed to have been there to pick up Jack two hours before my actual arrival, but we were racing against bad weather and the likelihood of another spring blizzard. Instead, I was touring Anamoose. Among other places.
The small, colorful town of Anamoose got its name back in the 1890's, during the building of the Soo Line Railroad. A dog wandered the area, catching the attention of the local Chippewa, who began calling the place Anamoose. In Chippewa, it simply means, "dog". Like many places around here, it became a booming town in the early 1900's, and has since tapered off rather dramatically in population, though not in community spirit.
You may wonder how I learned all that as I raced through, hair afire. Easy. I came home and looked it up on the internet.
Such a lot of beautiful scenery I saw today, and if I pretended hard enough, I could almost imagine it was on purpose.
Glad to be found,