Days 5 and 6 were cold and rainy. That kept us from taking too many pictures, but the guys went out each morning and endured. I stayed at the campsite and tried to maintain my sanity while entertaining kids who couldn’t play outside. Tuesday (day 5) Nathan Kemp, a war buddy, joined Steve and Arnold for the march despite the rain. We decided to stay at Jamestown RV park rather than move the whole camp ahead and chose to do the same Wednesday. This was the first time our kids have spent any time in Jamestown other than passing through, so we made sure they got to see the world’s largest buffalo.
We saw “White Cloud” the white buffalo.
I visited the old family homestead (hahahaha!!)
The photos I’ve pulled from the cameras this week are amazing. I am keeping a gallery HERE that I will update as time (and internet service) allows.
We’ve kept on schedule, getting started each day around 4:30 or 5 am and usually finishing by lunch time. Thursday night we camped in Hazelton and we reached Bismarck by Friday (day 8) afternoon. The Goodiron Family met us to escort us in, and members of the Mehrer family marched in the last 5 miles.
Due to flooding we are NOT camping in General Sibley park, but at the Bismarck KOA, where we will spend the next 3 nights. We plan to march from the armory to the capitol at 9 am Saturday morning. There is also scheduled to be a graveside service for Mehrer and Van Zoest in the Veteran’s Cemetery at 12:30 pm Sunday.
We are so grateful for the welcome into Bismarck and look forward to meeting up with everyone before we move on Monday morning. Thank you to all the families who have offered meals while we are here, we appreciate it so much!!
To learn more about March to Mandaree visit www.marchtomandaree.blogspot.com .