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Sunday, October 30, 2011

North Dakota: The Bakken Oil Fields

Last week The Hubby and I took a drive out to the Bakken fields, and I thought I'd share a little of North Dakota with you...since most of you won't be coming to visit me!

This is a functioning oil well--for those of you who haven't seen one. 

And this is what it looks like when they're digging an oil well. 

The Hubby tells me this is natural gas they're burning off, and he read recently that they're trying to find a way to use the energy instead of simply burning it. That would be good.

And then there are the people, the many, many people who have flocked to ND to work in fields. There are no places to live, so they've created temporary housing affectionately called Man Camps. Not a pleasant way to live, but surely there's a book or two lurking in a Man Camp. *Grin*

But North Dakota isn't JUST about oil. No, we grow wheat here, too. And other stuff. 

And there are wild flowers.

Notice I'm not commenting on the snow. The ice. Or the bitter wind. 

Hope you enjoyed this brief look at my home. Does it look anything like where you live? And about those Man Camps...any good story lines come to mind?

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Starkly Beautiful - Icy Cold

     Reykjavik, Iceland

In Reykjavik we skipped the city and went for a delightful and long walk in one of their national parks. 

Rock formations...

And waterfalls...

There was lunch with homemade leek soup and several things I didn’t recognize, and then a walk through another park. This one with hot springs and geysers. 

and on to djupivogur

Again we skipped the city in favor of an adventure. This time in 4-wheel drive vans with huge tires - a good thing considering we drove through a few streams, um, rivers actually, and I was in the very back seat. It was a bit of a bumpy ride.  

And that was Iceland...