We made good on our promise to walk a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail yesterday. What a lovely hike! Our mission was to see the Sunne Farm, which is a part of the state park. We started out from our campsite, walking much the same way we had on our evening stroll the night before. This time, we walked past the visitor center and onto the national scenic trail itself.
Exploring Fort Ransom State Park
Here's some information about the trail, along with a map showing you its entire distance, beginning in Vermont.
Everybody got your shoes tied? Let's go.
If you look waaaaaay off into the distance in the image below, you'll see the object of our desire this morning.
We'll be paralleling the river and following the stakes with the blue blazes.
A little to the left of the black-eyed Susans on the far side of the river were these pink guys. Hard to see them very well from this distance.
The trail was mostly grass with mud in spots. There were hundreds of these Northern Leopard frogs hopping around as we approached. It was nearly impossible to see them until they moved. Some were green as grass like this one.
This park caters to equestrian campers. There are special campsites with hookups and corrals for the horses.
On our way back, these campers had unloaded their two horses into a corral and were readying themselves for a ride.
Remember those brown stickery things I showed you in yesterday's post? I have an idea these might be the same thing, only not bloomed out.
Mike really enjoyed this wonderful display of antique farm implements. I've posted the explanatory sign followed by the actual piece of equipment on display for the next several pictures.
It was very windy out there and sometimes it was hard to hold the sign straight for its picture.
This might have been the first time I stood right beside one of these windmills. Usually I only see them as we're driving down the road.
The blades turn with the wind, activating the pump below.
Just behind me was this "cook's cabin." I have an idea this is a modern addition, although the wheels on this trailer seem older.
This property is still used by the Fort Ransom Sodbusters Association for their annual Sodbuster Days event, and I believe some of these more modern structures are for their use.
This next image is my "windows and walls" shot of the day. I've always liked this little row of windows sometimes seen on the sides of barns.
The next few informational signs will tell you about the Sunne family. They were Norwegian immigrants.
The cabin was locked, but you know that never stopped me from peeping in the windows and taking pictures that way. You can see a wood burning stove across the way and in the foreground, I believe that is the wringer from a wringer washer.
I tried to get a better picture of the quilts through the side window, but this next image is the best I could do.
To the right of the log cabin was this house. There was no information about this place, and the windows all had screens, so I couldn't take pictures of the interior.
Behind it was this "Summer Kitchen." I can recall the plantations in the south had "kitchen houses," where the kitchen was kept separate from the main house in case a fire broke out. I'm guessing that was part of the function for this place.
On the other hand, consider how hot it can get here in North Dakota in the summer, and it makes sense they'd want to do these things in a separate structure.
We were impressed by the "spread" of this big elm tree. No doubt it gave a nice amount of shade on a hot day.
Toward day's end, we went for another walk around the campground. It is so beautiful here. There was something in the air...moisture, dust...hard to say. It caught the light and gave everything a golden glow. This is the slope above our campsite.
On the river side, it looked like this. The sound of the wind in the trees was soothing. There are other campers here, but it feels as if we have the place to ourselves.
Today I believe we'll take a drive to see the nearby Sheyenne National Grassland. It is the only National Grassland in the tallgrass prairie region of the United States. We'll be moving on to Minnesota tomorrow, and so we'll also devote plenty of time today to relaxation. It's been a couple of days since I worked on my slow-stitching, and that's where I'm headed next. I'd like to finish up the first block before the end of the month. Sight-seeing is keeping me busy this trip.
Oh yes, and I almost forgot. Remember my pictures of all the sunflowers grown in North Dakota?
As it turns out, we were just lucky enough to happen upon a "superbloom." My thanks to my friend Karen for sending the link to an article about it. Take a look.