Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sugar Beet Harvest 2017

Curt drove a semi for a farmer near Grand Forks for the sugar beet harvest this year again; the same one as last year. Last year he worked 12 days, this year it was only 7. Curt’s shift was 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM; sometimes he got in a little more, sometimes a little less. There was only one day they shut down at noon because of the heat, and we had no rain this year. There were some really windy days though with dust blowing everywhere.

Curt hauled 4,493,978 pounds, or 2246.989 ton.  He was told there should be over 500,000 ton at the Reynolds receiving station three pilers. I found 36 receiving stations on the internet for the American Crystal Sugar Company in east North Dakota/west Minnesota. I don’t know how many piles each one has, but that’s a lot of sugar.

We were able to stay right on the farm. Some electrical hookups had 30 amp, some 50 amp. There is a sewer dump and water to fill up with. Our Verizon service worked well, and we had about 10 TV channels.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Turtle River State Park, Arvilla, ND

Turtle River State Park is 22 miles west of the town of Grand Forks. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park offers year-round recreational activities, including camping, picnicking, fishing and trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing.

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The park has water/electric hookups, primitive and tent sites, and cabins. There is a dump station, comfort station, amphitheater, picnic shelters, playgrounds and a lodge. We had good Verizon cell service and about 18 TV channels. The sites aren’t real large, not what we would call big rig friendly, and there are a lot of trees. They are $25/night. Click here for State Park fees.  For more pictures, please click here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Grahams Island State Park, Devils Lake, ND

Grahams Island State Park is in northeast North Dakota 16 miles from the town of Devils Lake. Devils Lake (the lake) is a closed drainage basin, and over the past decade the lake has risen over 25 feet. Grahams Island State Park is connected by road over an elevated embankment.

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There are four campgrounds in this park; Howard, LaRose, Ziebach and Primitive. LaRose has full hookups, Howard and Ziebach have electric and water, and Primitive has no amenities. At this time of the year the campground is first come-first serve; the summer season it is 100% reservations. There are four cabins. They have comfort stations, vault toilets, playgrounds, an amphitheater, dump station, bait store, office, picnic shelter, boat ramp, fishing dock and fish cleaning station.

We were in the Ziebach Campground, site 37, with water and 50 amp electric hookups. We were able to get 8 TV channels. Our Verizon service was good and we were able to connect to a Chamber wifi. Cost is $25/night. It is a beautiful park and we were in peak season for leaves changing colors. Click here for State Park fees.   For more pictures, please click here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cottonwood Campground–weeks 4 & 5

It took until our last weekend there for it to finally slow down that the campground wasn’t full any more. We had 2 inches of rain the weekend of the Astronomy Festival, and more throughout the week. We had a few days of high temps in the 50’s with rain, and there were some no-shows and people that left early.

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The trees have been really changing colors; we can practically see the difference from one day to the next. By the time we left, some were past their peak and had lost their leaves already.

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