|Our work site|
|Sugar beet art on site|
|Another view of piler|
|Beet shoot. The samples we take come down the shoot into a large sack we will be holding.|
|Richland County fairgrounds|
There are about 30 other campers here with many more across the state in other locations. Our only criteria is that we "need" to be home in time to be in Las Vegas for a week beginning 10 Nov.
The truth is we have not been entirely idle. Our friends Bill and Rena are here as well and we have done a little sightseeing. The local area is dominated with agricultural activity and oil production so we have taken some interest (that means pictures) in that, particularly when see see a beet field .
One day we visited the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center. This is Lewis and Clark territory, so if that interests you, any mention of the Missouri river is exciting. There were some pretty views of the rivers and the interpretive center was nice.
Adjacent to the confluence is the site of what was Fort Buford. This is where Sitting Bull surrendered so there is ample info about that event. The fort barely exists but there is an old cemetery that was morbidly interesting to walk through.
The headstones told how everyone died.
That same day we also visited Fort Union which is located only a few miles from Fort Buford.
This is a fully restored trading post originally built by John Astor's American Fur Company in 1828. In the day, they did about $100,000 worth of trade primarily with local Indian tribes. The staff there was highly motivated to share info so that was a great stop.
Our only other outing of interest was to the Fairview Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel.
The bridge, built in 1913, is 2994 feet long and has a mid section that was designed to lift vertically to allow river traffic to pass underneath.
The bridge lifted once for an operational test. It was never activated again because river traffic on the Lower Yellowstone River ceased in 1912. The views of the river from the bridge were quite nice with lots of fall color.
At the eastern end of the bridge is the Cartwright Tunnel. It is 1456 feet long with a 3 degree curve making it impossible to see from one end to the other.
The tunnel was also completed in 1913. The bridge and tunnel intermittently carried vehicular and train traffic until 1986. We walked both the bridge and the tunnel. That was interesting with the tunnel being "a little spooky!" Of course I hid and jumped out to scare Debbie and Rena.. I'm so mature!
So that's the deal. Day to day a big outing is the grocery store or, my favorite, going to the Laundromat. I like immediate gratification. Dirty clothes become clean clothes. I''m easily impressed. We're getting plenty of sleep, read, watch the tube, Debbie researches everything known to man and we watch the weather. As of this moment we will begin work on Sunday at 11:00am. I imagine soon we'll be beet.
Well, guess I'll beet it for now.