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Day 9 Vacation-Dunn County Museum

While on our North Dakota visit, my cousin took us to see the Dunn County Museum. 
The sign for the town my grandma was born in. I guess I didn't actually take any pictures of the town...but it is a  little further down the road. 

While we were at the museum, Elizabeth came across this Barbie she really liked. When we looked closer and read the label, we realized the Barbie belonged to her Great-Great Grandma! What a coincidence! 

Nathan said this was his favorite area of the museum. 

Elizabeth enjoyed these little houses. She thought they were a lot like doll houses. 

More little buildings. 

A picture with my cousin at the museum. She did a lot of work with the museum so is quite proud of it. 

The museum had a 1 room schoolhouse that had been moved to the site. This was the kids 4th 1-room schoolhouse on our trip! They have seen their fair share of schools like the ones Laura Ingalls Wilder taught in. 

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Day 9 Vacation-North Dakota

The next stop on our trip was my relatives house in North Dakota! My grandma was from North Dakota and quite a few relatives live in the area.  I hadn't been there in 20 years and had never met the younger relatives! 
My relatives have a cattle ranch and had horses for the kids to ride. Even after Elizabeth's big hive incidence in South Dakota, she was determined to try again...this time wearing long sleeves and pants! 
Elizabeth's cousin led her around on her horse. Success! No hives! She was really happy about that. It was so nice of our cousins to lead everyone around and drive us all around. 

Nathan getting led around. 

I had not been on a horse in...wait for it...20 years. Needless to say, it was not like riding a bike and I had no clue what I was doing. I used to ride alone no problem. It's sad I lost that ability. 

And...a picture of the last person on a horse. This was actually Jeremy's very first time ever on a horse. 

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Day 8 Vacation-Fort Mandan

We had spent a lot of time visiting South Dakota so it was time to move on to North Dakota! 
Our first stop was Fort Mandan. Nathan has always been a big Lewis and Clark fan. Fort Mandan was where Lewis and and Clark spent the winter of 1804-05. It's on the Missouri River and it's right near the Hidatsa and Mandan villages. It was here that Lewis and Clark met Sacajawea. 
This is not the original fort. It had already burned to the ground when Lewis and Clark headed home the next year.  This is a rebuilt replica. Luckily, Clark had left detailed plans so it's very much like the original. 
Once you entered the Fort, this is what you see. It was rather triangle shaped. Basically, it was just "bedrooms" for everyone, a blacksmith room, a storage room, and a food storage room. There were about 9-10 rooms. 

North Dakota!! We were basically following a rainstorm. It was kind of funny. It seemed to follow us wherever we turned. However, once we got to Fort Mandan, we ha…