This is not the actual sign that we encountered Saturday night Dec. 26th in Fargo, ND. However it said the same thing on the gate that closed off 29 North to Grand Forks...it was okay as the wind had already gave us one good push sideways on 94 so stopping for the night was a not a problem!!!!.
We got pretty close to the farm but a 5 foot high 30 yard long drift was more than was humanly possible to shovel through for Susie and me..although we had to give it a go just the same...
So...we walked in...through some serious snow and opened up the lodge...all was as we left it in November.
They had 25 inches of snow in Grand Forks and although not that much was reported in Cando...it was a good amount just the same...
The snow plow went by the farm around noon on Monday and we were able to drive into the barn yard but were still unable to get to the lodge until... Rick Schill came by with his Bob Cat Snow Thrower...and then we had a thorough fare...
So...we were able to back the truck up and unload everything into the lodge with just enough time to run to town and load up some fire wood that we had cut and split for us by Troy Pederson...got back out and stoked the fire, had some supper and settled in for the night...This was the first time that I have been in North Dakota in December since 1956...and of course it was Susie's first ever...we stayed very warm the entire time we were up there despite temperatures as low as -24.
Here's a shot of the living room that night with our beds all made up and ready for the night...it really felt good getting to bed that first night!!!!
Little Jon got us this fire wood rack for Christmas and it came in handy as you can see here.
And our first December breakfast was just wonderful....The card table and chairs were given to us for Christmas by Amanda....by the way...we are very easy to buy for now that we have "The Lodge"...........
We set up the computer, a Radio and the TV set with the rabbit ear antennas...we got a few stations but it was really fun watching video movies that we rented from the Cenex gas station in Cando.
The sun shined brightly every day and really helped us with the heat as we wouldn't need to put any wood in the stove until 4 or 5 in the afternoon...sometimes we even had to open the windows because it got too hot.....
Doesn't this just look like a bunch of fun?
If you look close you can see the candles in the windows there....
New Year's Eve and Susie cooked up some great steaks and all the fixins'...here you can see that we got the living room walls painted and the floor down...
And keeping his perfect attendance is our good friend from Winnipeg...Cosmic Ray. He came down to help us see the new year come in and then the next day we sat around and solved many of the world's problems before he took off for home later that afternoon.
A Blue Moon over North Dakota
I think these are prairie chickens.... it was in the prairie there and they were "chicken"...
Jackie Smeltzer (a friend of the family forever) stopped by for a visit with (pictured below) her favorite son Kelly and husband Forrest...it was great getting to know these folks better and also they were gracious enough to loan us 30 gallons of water that we still owe for...
Kelly was hunting Coyote most of the time...even at night with the Blue Moon...Forrest...well...he had some good stories to tell...some I suppose were even true...we really did enjoy the folks and look forward to seeing them again in the spring.
This is a picture of the last morning we were up there just before we headed for home...sure it was very cold...sure it's a long ways up there and back but man what a peaceful part of the world to enjoy...it gets harder and harder to leave with each visit.