After saying goodby to many dear friends, we left Fort Clinch State Park (our home for the winter) on March 29th, heading North West. We are fortunate to have landed a volunteer job from May through Labor Day at the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery in North Dakota.
Our route will take us through the southern part of Alabama to Holden, LA, where we will stay at the ranch of one of the actors of The Dukes of Hazzard TV series. Further North along the western state lines of Arkansas and Missouri, which will include a stop at Seven Springs Winery and Vineyard. We enjoyed Iowa last year and will spend some time there during this year’s road trip, taking pictures of the covered bridges of Madison County and visiting a Frank Lloyd Wright house near Independence. We are so looking forward seeing Katie at the horse farm in Ellsworth for a few days and hope we can help her in the barn and with the foals.
From there the direction is West. Going through Minnesota with a stop at Pipestone National Monument. The Heritage Center and the Buffalo Interpretation Center near Fort Pierre are next on our list prior to setting up in the middle of the Badlands National Park for a total of six days. So much to see, so many places to visit in and around the Badlands. Lemmon and the Petrified Wood Park and Museum will be our last stop in South Dakota. On April 29th and after 3,154 miles (detours not counted) we will report to volunteering at the Garrison National Fish Hatchery near Riverdale, ND.
The hatchery was established in 1961. The intent of the hatchery was to provide fish to create a recreational fishery in the than new Lake Sakakawea. As of today the hatchery produces chinook salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, black crappie, sauger, paddlefish, shovelnose sturgeon and the endangered pallid sturgeon. Peggy and I will be the official tour guides and are looking forward to learn a lot.
Our first campground of this road trip was on Lake Seminole and we were rewarded for a long drive with a spectacular sunset. What a colorful start of our journey.