On the busy and hectic schedule that was the 2019 ATC Toy Hauler Rally that Sash and her assistant organizers put together, it was time for a rest.
In the previous year, Sweet Briar Lake had provided me with a great opportunity to rest and recoup after the original rally. Since it was not that far away from Minnesota, I opted to tow the trailer there for yet another opportunity to relax.
This would also be Sash’s first chance to witness this campground after I had talked it up over the past several months.
Sweet Briar Lake is owned and operated by the Morton County Department of Parks and Recreation under a partnership with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department. It’s all primitive camping here, no reservations, no fees, with a 10-day maximum stay.
I didn’t get the same campsite as before; there were other people camped there. But I found a great little site by the water, hidden from view from other people.
And it turned out to be just what we needed.
Sash was able to shift gears and get herself prepared for her Alaska Road Trip coming up in a week. I was finally able to get my mind turned around and start doing some work.
Sweet Briar Lake is a destination for local fishermen and bird watchers. A wide variety of migratory birds stop here. There are also bald eagles that can be enjoyed along with mule deer. At night, you can sit outside and watch the fireflies.
Considering that Sash needed to run errands, we were only 25 miles from the city center of Bismarck. She got the oil changed on her Suburban, got her prescription meds filled, bought some things at Walmart, and picked up packages that our bookkeeper sent over.
We even found a Bob’s Big Boy Drive Thru. It was strictly drive-thru, no dine in restaurant. I didn’t know such a peculiarity existed. We got an 8-piece box of Pappy Parker’s Fried Chicken and took it back to the trailer.
We ended up staying at Sweet Briar Lake for 9 days.
On the day we left, we headed west into Montana. Sash would follow me into the town of Glendive, on eastern end of the state. There, we stayed overnight at a truck stop & casino. The next morning, she took off to Canada and Alaska. I headed to another lake, Fort Peck Lake, to begin my two months of being on my own
Note: read my write up of Sweet Briar Lake from last year.