Home on the Range
I landed in Bismarck on the first day of Bakken Strong, the big Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. That means 4,000+ industry people converging on the state capital from all over the world. Which means I ended up for the night in a cabin at the KOA, on the north edge of town.
It’s a tidy little place, with a bunk and a queen bed, perfect for arranging gear before the walk. But even here the economic boom driven largely by oil country, which is a couple hours drive north and west, can be felt. A crane stands where a new high school will soon be built just west of the KOA. A new apartment complex is planned just to the north. As I type, I can hear heavy trucks backing up and dumping loads of rock and gravel. And the ground in this photo, just beyond my cabin, has already been graded for construction.