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Today was interesting, eventful and sad all at the same time.

Zoe came over earlier to plan our roadtrip. Since it was beautiful outside, we set out a blanket on my driveway and took a couple atlases to plot a potential journey.

From home (Chicago) we go to:
- Mille Lacs Kathio State Park in Minnesota
- Spruce Woods Provencial Park in Manitoba, Canada
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota
- Crooked Creek on Fort Peck Lake in Winnet, Montana
- Fairy Lake (or Half Moon) Campgrounds in Bozeman, Montana
- A hostel for 2.5 days in West Yellowstone, Wyoming
- Keyhold State Park in Moorcroft, Wyoming
- Cedar Pass Campgrounds at Badlands National Park in Interior, South Dakota
- A hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- A hotel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

12 days. 6 states, one Canada. Lots of camping and national parks. Mmm...roughing it! And if it rains a lot, we're screwed.

And if anyone has any suggestions, or other information on any of these places, we are definitely flexible and willing to change. We basically know nothing about any of it.

Then Zack came over and the three of us hung out until we finished the itinerary. Then Patty reminded me that today is Election Day, so they came with me as "moral support" as I went and voted for people I've never heard of into positions that I don't understand. I feel more un-American now than if I hadn't voted...because literally, I was picked based on names, and if there was a woman, I automatically voted for her. So bad! But it's only village trustees and school board and other stupid shit. So.

Then we went to Zoe's for a snack and started to watch Chocolat. After an hour (at 6:45), we had to leave because Zoe was seeing a movie with her parents. So Zack and I went to his house to get him pants (it got cold...and he's a wuss) then went to Baker's Square for dinner. Blar.

We didn't know what to do after, and we had until 9:30 until Zoe was going to join us again...so we went to hang out at Barnes & Noble for 2 hours. AHHH! It was fun and entertaining in that Zack and I got to chat a lot...but it's fucking Barnes and Noble and we were there for 2 hours.

Then! Zoe has the nerve to call and say that she's too tired and it just going home.

Like hell! So the two of us went back over to her house, finished watching Chocolat and stayed another 2 hours for spite. 'Twas fun and good. Zack is good peoples. ;-)

Home now. And tired. And quite headachy...though I've been clenching my teeth again. Silly stress.

I NEED to open a checking account tomorrow. Note to self: do that.


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Apr. 2nd, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)
Spruce Woods? Hmm (trying to remember exactly where that is). But dude, you'll be in my province.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/natres/parks/regions/western/spruce_woods.html ooh! The sand dunes! I have memories of this from when I was younger. You said roughing it, so I guess I won't try to push Grand Beach on you (white sand! more dunes!) or Birds Hill. Not really sure what there is to do in Birds Hill, but it's where everyone goes.
Apr. 2nd, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
Any suggestions you have for places that would be better, I'd appreciate (since obviously you know the area ;-)). Maybe we'll look into Grand Beach. We were going less for "roughing it" and more for finding really pretty places. It just seems that the prettier the place, the more secluded it is, and the more necessary it is to camp out instead of some nicer lodging. Also, we don't want to spend too much money, cause it's going to be 12 days. We're just really excited to be going into Canada!
Apr. 2nd, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC)
Spruce Woods has the dunes which are really cool since it's pretty much a desert in the middle of Canada. Maybe because I've been to it so many times.

Depending on the time of year, Grand Beach is amzing, but the water needs to warm up some more. Manitoba has some beautiful lakes.

Also, Winnipeg has a lot of Festivals in the summer (thinking of the Folk Fest, Fringe and...a bunch of others that I can't think of at the moment.)

Apr. 2nd, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC)
We're planning to go in August...somewhere between the 8th and 20th. We'll probably be in Canada specifically around the 10th, 11th, or 12th.
Apr. 2nd, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)
*plots evilly*

or not.
Apr. 2nd, 2003 12:25 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. ;-)
Apr. 2nd, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC)
I want to say "Oh you should come out to Lake of the Woods with me and my friends!" but I don't think I can say that since it's Jen's cabin. However, it is a beautiful spot and has quite a few things to do on the campgrounds. And the same goes for my friend Shannon's place at Gull Lake.

Of course, Winnipeg itself is very cool in the summer. I'd only warn you about the mosquitos here. It's really bad (and I'm not just saying that. Ask any others from Winnipeg.)
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