Some are born to play it safe & others are meant to be wild!
I had made the tough call to bypass the state of North Dakota on my original west road trip with my dad in Fall 2020 due to too much ground to cover just to hit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. So when I planned a last minute northern trek to hit 7 of my last 10 states in early 2021, I had an aggressive route to attack.
After a 3.5 mile hike & then a full day of driving from Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota, I bee lined across the eastern state line taking advantage of the 75 mph speed limit and stretched my legs at a few spots I had researched prior. I toured the old missile silos of Oscar 0 & November 33, met Dakota Thunder (the biggest Buffalo in the world), walked in the footsteps of the Northern Plain Indians at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Park, caught a glimpse of the blood red sunset over the vast farmlands and barely made it to the cliff top site of Salem Sue by twilight.
Sue is the largest Holstein cow in the world at 38’ tall x 50’ long x 12k lbs. She was erected in 1974 at $40k to pay tribute to the local hard working dairy farmers. I was the sole visitor that got to witness the late horizon glow and revel in the quiet expanse below. Quirky….. yes. A once in a lifetime tourist stop…… absolutely!
And it got me thinking….. everyone follows their own path in life. Some steps are pre-determined, others just fall into place and most (I believe) you need to make happen. Where will your destiny take you today? Tomorrow? Next year?
Note to self, don’t just exist….live!
Stay wild & be amazing!! #staywild #beamazing #unpackourhearts #tellyourstory #salemsue #myjourney