Thursday, August 20, 2015

Missing Fargo

Today, I am picking up the Kathi and Arlon Boozer 2005 travel story. We left the North Park Campground in Dickinson, ND, heading for Fargo, ND. It was a trip of about 285 miles east on I-94. Kathi was looking for an RV park in Fargo while we were in route. She could not find one that she felt comfortable with, so she looked around the area and settled for the Country RV Park in Detroit Lakes, MI, which was about 50 miles further east, but closer to the Great Lakes – our final destination for this leg of our trip.

Since we knew it was going to be a long day, we got up early and hit the road while the dew was still on the ever prevalent crops in the farming country along highway 94. There were no towns, no traffic and no people on this Friday morning of June 17th. We made good time and I probably overused my accelerator as I often did on longer trips – speeding was still a habit I needed to break. An empty interstate sure made speeding compelling.

Along the way we discussed what we should do about Kathi’s mother having a biopsy in Pasadena, TX within a few days. Kathi was convinced by her mother’s tone of voice that her presence was wanted in Texas. As we normally did with family matters, I let Kathi make decisions about what she needed to do with her family and I supported her decision. This has been our practice since we married and it has worked well for us. We may discuss decisions and probable outcomes, but the decisions concerning her family were Kathi’s to make.

We got into Detroit Lakes and found a resort area with large lakes and man-made beaches. It was pleasant to see. We were used to seeing beaches in Galveston and on the Pacific, but inland beaches were new to us. Obviously the people appreciated it, because there were a lot of people in the water. Good fun and fun to see.

The RV park was great. It had wide and long spaces giving each occupant plenty of room to enjoy their stay. The rates were $23 per day which was more than Kathi wanted to spend, but we agreed it was a good value for the price. The grass and trees were green and shiny and the park was well maintained.

The next morning we drove to the Shooting Star Casino. They had a pull tab game similar to how lotteries work, but this was local and only for casino patrons. I bought five $5 pull tabs to see what the game was like. I pulled the tabs and read the messages and did not have a clue what the messages said, so I returned to the cashier and asked for an explanation. She looked at the pull tabs and started counting out $500 and pushed it across the counter to me and said, “Congratulations.” I never did get a translation for what the words on the tabs meant, but I no longer cared. It was the start of a fun casino afternoon and even more fun when I went over to tell Kathi what I had done and split the winning money for investment in slot machines. We always believed in keeping the economy rolling with fast cash circulation.

We spent Sunday at home and began planning for our hop the next day to the Duluth area and hoped the weather would be a little cooler, even as we got deeper into summer.   

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