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