Travelling to North Dakota to visit family offers a host of different views as we wind our way across three states. Each one seems to have a personality of its own and can usually be found on the license plate depicting what the state chose for their identity.
Wyoming has a cowboy trying to stay on a horse with Devil’s Tower or the Teton Mountain range behind the identification numbers. Makes sense to me as I drive through the untamed countryside where highways are crowded with vehicles going to and from the oil and gas wells that litter the scenery. This state has embraced the potential for developing a native resource and it shows in their attention to the quality of their highways.
South Dakota boasts four presidents on their license plate and if you have ever taken the time to visit Mount Rushmore, it’s truly amazing. This state relishes in the landmark idea that one man could brush aside a frenzy of doubters and others who thought him crazy and embark on a journey that would put the beauty of the Black Hills on display for everyone.
North Dakota is the Peace Garden State and this says it all for a people so unaffected by modern cynicism. The oil boom (more like an explosion in some towns) has officially taken over the western part of the state, but everyone I speak to refuses to tackle the growing pains of a bustling economy with anything other than their usual good manners, patience and perseverance.
Returning to Craig makes me glad to live in Colorado. Living on the northwestern edge of the state gives us some exclusive advantages. We live in a town that is a short trip to beautiful mountains, incredible flat tops and wide-open spaces. The best part is that we’re not right in the middle of it all and upon returning I am thankful for the peace and quiet of a town with just enough hustle and bustle.
At least, that’s what I think!