We don’t get to choose where we end up, especially this year when things are slow. You can imagine my awe when we stumbled upon this little town with such a killer spot to watch the sunset and sunrise. New Town, ND doesn’t have a whole lot of things, but it is rich in culture and has all the things that you need. Isn’t she a beaut?
Austin and I have been on so many little dayventures this trip to North Dakota and it has us reflecting on our last 3 years on the road. I think some of it is because work is slow and we have learned to be extremely grateful. I think some of it is because traveling is finally getting a little easier. The trip up wasn’t smooth by any means but with experience, we now are able to overcome hiccups easier and move on. We have also learned to enjoy and see the little things. We used to always think “we end up in boring places” and to be honest sometimes there isn’t a whole heck of a lot around, but there is always something to see. Something to learn. Some way to get outside and enjoy life and be together. This trip has taught me that. I’ll forever look at traveling different now. Sometimes in travel, it is like life in that you have to dig a little deeper to find the good. I still love hitting all the big spots I’ve always heard about like Niagra Falls, NYC, and Mount Rushmore, but being back in North Dakota and realizing that something on my list to see was less than 15 miles from where I lived for months last time I was here hit me in the gut. What the hell was I doing? To be fair – 2014 was a rough year for me personally and I’m sure that played a part in it, but not now. Now, I see ND for what it is worth. The prairie, the Indian culture, the farms, the small towns with miles in between. The hills and valleys, the buttes, and parks. I’m still not to down for their winters, but it is beautiful here. I saw PA different this last fall than I did the first time and I hate that I’ve discovered this trend of me missing out on a lot the first 2.5 years of being on the road. I even noticed this when we were in Oklahoma. I love Oklahoma. The people, the farms, my family, friends, and what it means to me, but I’m way too comfortable there. I’ve missed so much because when I’m there I live in a bubble. I guess I’m telling you this to tell you to get out and see where you are. Learn how to truly live and learn. Learn how it used to be and when that changed. Learn about what they eat and what they do for fun. Living like a local can really be life changing if you allow yourself to be open and vulnerable to your environment. Do this on the road and in your hometown. I think you will be surprised at all you have missed.
Travel man, it is giving me all the feels here lately.
We were frequent visitors of the butte when we first arrived into town. I think I would still consider it my favorite thing to do in this tiny town and I don’t see that changing during our time here unless someone can get me a boat in the water. That would be sweet. Our first visit was after a pricey dinner at the Bison Room and the sun had already set. I knew instantly we had to go back.
We went back the next morning for sunrise and even though I was tired it was so refreshing to be out and about that early in the morning. The air was cool and crisp and the highway was quiet. We loved seeing this site in daylight. They have done a great job of sharing the history behind this historical site and the surrounding area.
The next weekend we finally caught a sunset. It wasn’t planned and I was in boots, but Austin ventured down to the edge and said it was beautiful. We got carried away on other adventures in the region, but I’m still planning to go back and take that long exposure photo I keep talking about. I almost stopped during a storm, but I wasn’t sure if that was the safest idea I’ve ever had and the lightening show was too far in the distance by the time we made it back to town.
Final thoughts: I’m not sure if this is something you should drive out of your way for if you’re not into history, but it is beautiful. If you are near here it definitely deserves a look.