I go ta Dakota, both of them

As part of my quest to visit all 50 states in America by the end of my 50th year of life, my cousin Cynthia and I roadtripped from her home in Minneapolis to South and North Dakota.

The 800+ miles were a perfect way:

  • to catch up with Cynthia
  • to discover people can still buy candy cigarettes
  • to marvel at the vastness of the landscape spiked with wind turbines
  • to learn that North Dakota is the No.1 producer of spring wheat, sunflowers, barley, navy and pinto beans, canola, lentils, honey and flaxseed (more than 90 percent of the U.S. crop)
  • to read the telltale signs of hunters and harsh winters
  • to shop during the “Deer Widows Weekend” sales event at the outlet mall in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
  • to rack up points playing with the social media app Foursquare
  • to wonder why dozens of skunks failed to successfully cross the road

About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

Kirkus Book Review: "... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places."

Next travel book to spotlight Iceland

25817249396_f6c787ef9f_z Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!

Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.