Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fort Stevenson State Park – camp hosting week 1

We moved on to Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison, ND on Wednesday, June 14th, which is recognized as the Walleye Capitol of the World”.  The Park is located on the tip of a peninsula on the north shore of Lake Sakakawea, between de Trobriand Bay on the east and Garrison Bay on the west. There are two marinas with boat ramps, one with concessions. They have cabins, full service campsites, electrical only sites, primitive and tent sites. The Fort Stevenson Guardhouse is a replica of an original fort sally port guardhouse and acts as a visitor center and museum.

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There was road construction near New Town and we got really dirty! 

The day we got there we had orientation and then Curt was able to clean the coach and Jeep. The next day we took a drive to Bottineau to pick up ice cream from Pride Dairy. We drove a State pickup, pulled a trailer with 4 freezers and a generator on it. We picked up 126 containers, 2.5 gallons each, of ice cream. We have no idea how long this will last, but I’m thinking we probably won’t have to go back in the month we’re here. 

Our camp hosting duties are similar to Lewis and Clark SP. We clean fire pits, pick up litter and sell firewood. There is also an ice freezer on our host site, so we sell ice also. We check comfort stations and vault toilets for cleanliness and toilet paper. We take off old reservation tickets, but here they are also stapled pieces of paper with reservation names and dates on them; so we have to take that off, along with the staples out. Our first weekend was almost full and we were busy cleaning fire pits and picking up litter as there hadn't been a camp host the first session. They have lots of fire pits!

They have an interpreter who does weekend programs on Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday night. This weekend she had Predator or Prey, Animal Tag and I Spy, along with a game of FORT (bingo). 

For more pictures, please click here. This includes a few from our travel from Lewis and Clark SP, a few from Bottineau, the museum and information boards by the guardhouse, animals in the park and weather. 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lewis and Clark State Park–week 3–Halloween

It was Halloween in June, a very popular weekend here at Lewis & Clark State Park.

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The campground was full again and there were lots of children. We started out with a haunted trail on Friday night, Saturday was crafts, bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and, of course, treat truck. Sunday morning was another craft and presentation on bats. There were a lot of costumes, including adults, and many sites were decorated.    

Saturday there was an incident where some kids floated too far out and the wind kept taking them farther. One of them swam in and the ranger was contacted for rescue of the other two.

We also got to meet some other full time RVers and some camp hosts from other states. It was fun talking to them.     

We had a staff picnic today, our last day here. Tomorrow we head to Fort Stevenson State Park, about 130 miles west, for our second camp hosting session this summer. I’ll add blog posts while we’re there, hopefully, depending on internet.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lewis and Clark State Park – week 2

The second weekend wasn’t as full as the first, but we kept busy.

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This weekend was Safe Day – Safe Play & National Trails Day. Friday evening Trooper Dan Hanson from the North Dakota State Patrol was here with a presentation. Saturday evening Border Patrol Agent Schipferling had a presentation with his night vision equipment.  

Saturday was National Trail Days and Juliet lead us on a trail hike and we learned more about Lewis and Clark’s travels. For Sunday’s Dakota Explorers, Juliet had a maze made that we went through and then the kids did a painting project of the Lewis and Clark sign.

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