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... I felt like I was in the Appocolypse.
We also stopped for lunch in a very small little town that boasts it is the 'Geographical Center of North America." It's in a little town called Rugby. Almost exactly in the middle of the northern part of North Dakota (did that make sense?), this town had more buildings for sale or closed and boarded ...
... the Red River North to Minnesota. We could see the mechanism used to turn the old bridge to allow river traffic to pass. We returned to the start point and then headed to the Near North Neighborhood past the Catholic Church, the Keg Drive In and back to the river. We walked along the dike to the bridge. We watched ...
... shower at a friend of Tim's place and I was shown around the town.
The mining industry, principally oil 'fracking' but also some gravel mining, has taken over and the town has swollen a lot in the last year or two. Here's another oil well pump that looks a bit different to others I've posted:
I went to the spare parts shop and got the bits for the wiper linkages. They were ...
... this but on the whole the reality of impermanence is not an easy concept for us North Americans to grasp in our 'doing'-oriented society. We resist it because we want to be happy and paradoxically we must learn to let go in order to find that happiness, and peace. It's a process of 'being' and it is dependent on time.
Applying this to holidays, they have a beginning and an end and rather than feel loss by the end of a ...
We stopped at the huge US Air Force Base on the outskirts of Grand Forks ND. On weekends, visitors are not allowed entry, but we toured the display of aircraft in the garden at the main gate. A rare treat to get up close to some of these famous aircraft.
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