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Stanley, North Dakota (GA602)

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here March 26th.

 

 

 

Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.

This entry was posted September 6, 2013…

 

 

 

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 101 miles from Towner to Stanley, North Dakota.

 

 

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

 

 

Along the way we passed through Minot, for which we could not find a good reason to stop. These many last days of basically traffic-less driving on Highway 2 has come to an end. Once we left Minot, the traffic picked up noticeably as we are entering North Dakota’s oil boom area. You can read all about it in this Wikipedia link about Stanley… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley,_North_Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

This was one of the few times we were not accompanied by a number of trucks…

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Arriving in Stanley, Mary and I took a walk down Main Street to find something we had not seen before. On every street light pole was a large speaker playing rock music! Mary and I both found it most irritating…

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We were in search of Stanley’s claim to fame. The only remaining original operating Whirl-A-Whip ice cream machine left in the country located in the Dakota Drug Store which still has the soda fountain…

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Terry, the owner, showed us the machine…only it is no longer functioning. The motor had burned out…

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Here is the cover of the machine…

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He told us the newer model is the same internal machine, but now covered in a stainless steel case…

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What’s so special about this machine? Well, other places may advertise 100 different flavors and have to keep them in stock. With this machine, by having only three flavors in stock and then adding unique ingredients, you can create hundreds of flavors. So, of course we just had to try it. Here’s the menu of flavors…

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I had the chocolate ice cream and added Oreo cookie, whopper (a malt ball) and bit o’ brickle (a crunchy granola-like substance) which cost $4.00.. Here’s what it looked like before the machine processed it…

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And here’s what it looked like after the machine processed it. Kind of like a flavored softee ice cream. It was tasty!…

DSC05886

 

 

 

 

 

Terry, the owner, contacted Bruce Rohtenheiser and told him we were interested in the history of the machine. Bruce, together with his son owned the drugstore for more than 50 years. Bruce, who is a lively 83 years old and once served as the mayor of the town, filled us in on the history of the machine. Here he wears a T-shirt identifying North Dakota’s two most valuable commodities…grain and oil…

DSC05887

 

 

 

 

 

The drug store even has Whirl-A-Whip T-shirts for only $13.75. We did not buy one…

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Here’s a YouTube Video showing the Whirl-A-Whip machine at the Dakota Drug Store in Stanley… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDnuGwHPYBw

 

 

 

 

 

The once free municipal campground is no longer free and full of oil boom workers. Bruce put me in contact with Harry Braddock, a past Commander of the local American Legion which no longer owns a building in town. Harry was kind enough to offer to let us park across the street from his home…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday was a lousy weather day. 96 degrees with high humidity. Today’s forecast is for 94 degrees. Tomorrow is forecast 89 degrees. YUKKITTY!

 

 

We’ll continue our westward travel later this morning.

 

 

Enjoying unique Whril-A-Whip ice cream machines is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

 

 

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of North Dakota. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

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TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/new-and-old-americana/

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is sunny and 81 degrees.

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2019

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Culbertson, Montana

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 114 miles from Stanley, North Dakota to Culbertson, Montana.

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

The day started with a light rain…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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We decided we wanted to see the Buffalo Trail Museum which meant we had to get off of Highway 2 and get on this rough dirt road for about ten miles…

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This is the main drag of Epping, North Dakota…population 100. Several buildings make up the museum…

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Heather and Shelly were closing up the museum for the season when we arrived. They graciously opened all of the buildings and showed us around…

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Here are some of the photos that I took. You don’t see a bank offering these terms anymore…

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I wonder if Bonnie and Clyde ever used this pickup truck…

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I thought that this might had been the first-ever travel trailer. Shelly explained it was actually the early school bus. Pulled by a horse and put on a sled during the winter…

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This cabin was lived in for many years and moved to this site…

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The interior of the cabin…

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Another slightly different view. Sleeping quarters were overhead where I did not venture up the steep and narrow steps…

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A photo of a photo of long-ago Epping…

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A view looking out from the inside of the general store…

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The rear end of an old Ford…

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To see the other 25 photos that I took, you need to click this Picasa Web Album link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/BuffaloTrailMuseumEppingNorthDakota

You can read about the Buffalo Trail Museum and Epping by clicking this link… http://www.epping.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={A97BC42B-8E53-42C2-8EB9-9EBD3653C0A4}

We continued on passing through Williston, North Dakota which because of the oil boom had many big and noisy trucks. We had been warned about the heavy crime of Williston so we continued on for another 20 miles and crossed into Montana and the Mountain Time Zone leaving the noise and hubbub of the oil boom behind. It was time to get back to the very light traffic mode of Highway 2…

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We continued on for another 23 miles and arrived in the small Town of Culbertson, population 734, where we found parking at a Lions Town Park  Here I parked at the back of the parking area trying to get a little shade which increased as the afternoon went on…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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You can read about Culbertson by clicking their official town website link… http://www.culbertsonmt.com/

Yesterday was a lousy weather day. 94 degrees with high humidity. Today’s forecast is for 81 degrees with a couple of thunderstorms. Tomorrow is forecast 79 degrees.

We’ll continue our westward travel later this morning.

Enjoying Lions Town Parks is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Montana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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NEW AND OLD AMERICANA

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Long distance biking is very North American; In the last twenty years bicycling has grown to mega proportions. This Canadian couple, Ollie Ewing and Anna Szkraba pulled into the little city park at Towner where we stayed and I wondered what their experiences were like.

Because they are on bikes, they stop in towns, ask questions, shop for food and a place to shower; they mingle with more people than we do on the same trajectory. They find that people are friendly and helpful wherever they go. They’ve been invited to stay in people’s homes, five times between Ottawa, Ontario and Towner.  Their destination is Vancouver, B.C. They plan to spend a night with friends in Stanley.  Our goal was a to visit Dakoa Drug Store in Stanley where the only working Whirla-Whip Ice Cream machine is still pouring out a specialty treat.   They do about 68 miles a day, more or less.

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In the morning, they pulled up stakes and hit the road. We wished each other well, me with a little ache in my heart as I thought of Essya Naballi and Martha Wright and their unfortunate encounter on Highway 101 Oct. of 2011.

http://marysramblins.blogspot.com/2011/10/black-monday.html

We’ll be following them on F.B. Isn’t that cool?

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We drove to Stanley and the terrain is changing;  more hills and mining, some oil wells but we aren’t deep into fracking country yet. Stanley is just on the edge of it all.

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Beautiful colors of green and gold; a field of winter wheat just threshed.

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It seems a strange mix, farming and oil. We and the biking couple have been warned away from Williston where the oil boom is most evident. A city that went from 14,000 to 40,000 almost immediately. High crime and danger is what we are repeatedly told as the reason to avoid the place.  In fact, Stanley City Park where we had planned to stay has been taken over by permanent renters from the oil boom. They hold a few sites open for travelers but we decided to find another place to park.

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Welcome to Stanley where the street lights have speakers on every pole. Music is piped out to the street wherever you walk, just like elevator music in a grocery store. We thought it was strange.

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The Dakota Drug Store fountain to see the only Whirla-Whip machine in the world beckoned.

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Terry, the very helpful pharmacist took time from his busy day to take us into the basement where there were probably thirty of the 100 pound machines. The last working model needs rewiring and it will be up and running, soon, he promises.DSC09623 (Copy)

At the fountain are the new light weight Whirla-Whip machines invented by Claude Reed, who once owned 40 ice cream parlors.  But it was  Bruce Rodenhizer, at this drug store who made them famous. Terry called Bruce Rodenhizer and asked him to come meet us, the former owner now in his 80’s and retired.

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While we waited for Bruce, we chose our flavors. The fountain boy told me one guy orders dill pickle, bacon bits and brickle. Hmm. I decided on dill pickle, blueberry and brickle. It was delicious. What Claude Reed realized is you don’t have to have 50 different flavors of ice cream in a great big refrigerated counter, you only need two. Vanilla or chocolate. Then you add the flavors.

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Bruce Rodenhizer told us his story. He came here fresh out of NDU at Fargo with a wife, a degree and no money. He worked for two years in Williston, and went into partners in the Drug Store with a lawyer. He was the pharmacist and eventually bought his partner out. The partner wanted to get rid of the fountain and his wife said NO! The fountain stays. When the original Whirla-Whip machines began to need parts, he would  buy every one he could get his hands on to keep them running.

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These machines were invented before Dairy Queen and other soft ice cream machines came out.  This machine takes hard ice cream and turns it into a smooth concoction with flavors added. Bruce and his wife and son ran the drug store for 50 years. People still come in and say, “I want a peanut butter on chocolate,” and the fountain person knows exactly what they mean. They bring their kids from miles around to taste an authentic Whirla-Whip delight. Bruce was interviewed by PBS in 1989 during N.Dakota’s Centennial Celebration. His fountain was considered “old Americana”.

The Whirla-Whip inventor, Claude Reed visited the Dakota Drug Store and met Bruce and his Wife after CBS did a program on he and the machine he billed as the only Whirla-Whip machine in the world still running.

Bruce is a friendly, nice guy who was mayor of Stanley at age 31-33. “They practically ran me out-of-town because I spent too much money,”  he said. “Now they thank me for being farsighted enough to improve our infrastructure.”  He is now an ambassador for both fracking and wheat, North Dakota’s two biggest enterprises.

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Stanley, North Dakota

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 101 miles from Towner to Stanley, North Dakota.

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

Along the way we passed through Minot, for which we could not find a good reason to stop. These many last days of basically traffic-less driving on Highway 2 has come to an end. Once we left Minot, the traffic picked up noticeably as we are entering North Dakota’s oil boom area. You can read all about it in this Wikipedia link about Stanley… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley,_North_Dakota

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

This was one of the few times we were not accompanied by a number of trucks…

DSC05864

Arriving in Stanley, Mary and I took a walk down Main Street to find something we had not seen before. On every street light pole was a large speaker playing rock music! Mary and I both found it most irritating…

DSC05890

We were in search of Stanley’s claim to fame. The only remaining original operating Whirl-A-Whip ice cream machine left in the country located in the Dakota Drug Store which still has the soda fountain…

DSC05888

Terry, the owner, showed us the machine…only it is no longer functioning. The motor had burned out…

DSC05871

Here is the cover of the machine…

DSC05877

He told us the newer model is the same internal machine, but now covered in a stainless steel case…

DSC05870

What’s so special about this machine? Well, other places may advertise 100 different flavors and have to keep them in stock. With this machine, by having only three flavors in stock and then adding unique ingredients, you can create hundreds of flavors. So, of course we just had to try it. Here’s the menu of flavors…

DSC05880

I had the chocolate ice cream and added Oreo cookie, whopper (a malt ball) and bit o’ brickle (a crunchy granola-like substance) which cost $4.00.. Here’s what it looked like before the machine processed it…

DSC05882

And here’s what it looked like after the machine processed it. Kind of like a flavored softee ice cream. It was tasty!…

DSC05886

Terry, the owner, contacted Bruce Rohtenheiser and told him we were interested in the history of the machine. Bruce, together with his son owned the drugstore for more than 50 years. Bruce, who is a lively 83 years old and once served as the mayor of the town, filled us in on the history of the machine. Here he wears a T-shirt identifying North Dakota’s two most valuable commodities…grain and oil…

DSC05887

The drug store even has Whirl-A-Whip T-shirts for only $13.75. We did not buy one…

DSC05889

Here’s a YouTube Video showing the Whirl-A-Whip machine at the Dakota Drug Store in Stanley… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDnuGwHPYBw

The once free municipal campground is no longer free and full of oil boom workers. Bruce put me in contact with Harry Braddock, a past Commander of the local American Legion which no longer owns a building in town. Harry was kind enough to offer to let us park across the street from his home…

DSC05892

Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

DSC05895

Yesterday was a lousy weather day. 96 degrees with high humidity. Today’s forecast is for 94 degrees. Tomorrow is forecast 89 degrees. YUKKITTY!

We’ll continue our westward travel later this morning.

Enjoying unique Whril-A-Whip ice cream machines is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of North Dakota. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1ST

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

3E23M33J85Gb5Fc5M2cc4ab5610239cb71a2b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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