Thursday, July 02, 2009


................oil, that is. Texas tea. Black gold.

This is a new sight in Western North Dakota. There are many new oil wells lining the highway and standing proudly in the once green wheat fields. The farmers have found a new crop....oil.

We used to see miles and miles of these green fields, stretching as far as the eye can see. Now often they are sharing the space with an oil pump and huge tanks.
I think the green fields are much prettier.
Oh, you still see thousands of acres of grain fields, and many grain bins, but you do see more and more of the oil rigs.
Rolling hills and green pastures are another beautiful sight in North Dakota.
Tonight we are living in a campground in Williston, close to the Montana border. Tomorrow we start across the huge state of Montana, heading for Glacier National Park. I know. It's the Fourth of July weekend coming up. I don't know where we'll rest our weary heads tomorrow night, but we're heading that way anyhow.
It was a beautiful sunshiny day. I think it hit 80, and it was very pleasant driving. We only made a couple of stops. Once for lunch in a Slumberland parking lot where we dined on cheese or peanut butter sandwiches, and twice to feed the truck some diesel fuel. We are both tired tonight and after a shower, I am heading to bed whether the sun has set or not!


Joni said...

I remember these oil rigs when I was a little girl and we would drive to see my aunt in Bakersfield...I always called them horses. I guess farming has to be just as adaptable as everything else. A farmer's got to do what he has to...kind of nice seeing oil being produced here in the U.S.A.

Enjoy your green fields and country drives, but get plenty of rest so you aren't too tired to post pictures...some of us take trips vicariously through you.

Marge said...

So sorry we left without you! But hubby decided we couldn't pick up Lisa in OK, you in CA, Robbin in WA and wave to Lena in MN all in the same day, so we picked the easiest one and waved to Lena!

Lena . . . said...

I feel SO special. Thanks.

Lisa said...

Oh well, at least I was thought of even if I didn't get to go with you. I am so excited for you and your journey and I am really excited that you will be able to post along the way. We are celebrating the 4th today to have the most family members here and then of course we will celebrate MORE tomorrow ON the fourth! I love celebrating more than one day!
Safe journeys friend.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to share all of this with Rick when he gets back from fishing way up north on Crane Lake tomorrow. It doesn't matter that we no longer get the Travel Channel on TV (down to basic cable) as your entries are so much better anyway!

Anonymous said...

The above "anonymous" is LuAnn.
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