August 27, 2018 Woke and unzipped to overcast sky and everything soaked (dry in tent!). After coffee, dismantled tent and draped all across picnic table and fence to drip-dry, then went for a long walk. About an hour later I loaded up both, still wet. On the way out, checked out historical markers about Fort Ransom, the Writing Rock and the Sisseton Sioux legend of the water spirit.

Less than 30 minutes southeast and I needed to potty. Stopped at the Lisbon Body Shop and was surprised to find a super cute restaurant inside, The Frosted Flower. The restroom had a fun, Coca-Cola theme and an old school paper towel dispenser with crank (reminded me of school days). Got a toasted ham salad sandwich with pasta salad and cantaloupe. Ate half the sandwich and saved rest for later.

As the only vehicle on the road for miles, and miles, it was easy to come to complete stop in the middle of the road for a momma and babe (deer) to cross. Passed farmland, silos, barns and field equipment along the Sheyenne National Grassland. I was impressed to see so many women performing field work and operating heavy equipment. Stopped at Colfax Express, stretched and picked up a smoked brat.

Gassed up around Wahpeton, then stopped at the first rest area crossing into Minnesota, in Foxhome. It was so lush; made me think about the dry, drought conditions of Colorado and New Mexico. United States terrain is as much a ‘melting pot’ as its immigrants and cultures; fused and incredibly diverse. Beautiful!

Learned a bit about MN watersheds and the worldwide contributions by Benedictines through historical markets, and then it started to drizzle.

For the next two hours, rain was my constant, extremely vocal driving companion. On the plus side, I didn’t have to wear shades to block the sun while driving eastward at any time that day. Ha! Set GPS for Good Sam Campground in Clearwater, MN. Upon arrival, I had a choice between the $34 tent site or $74 cabin. It was still pouring and my gear was still wet from previous night’s storm; the cabin won!

Great, simple setup in cabin; bathroom was in the building next-door. Toted minimal stuff and food inside, then sat on cabin porch and enjoyed the rain.

The rain slowed to a sprinkle and I explored the camp. Lots of activities to choose from and beautiful grounds maintained by the owners.

These are the owners for the past six years and their four-legged love who reminded me of mom’s incredible Max. Settled in early – really early, updated journal and thought of streaming a movie, but crashed hard.

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