Medora, North Dakota. I really loved how peaceful this little place is. I’m in my fourth year in China, so to me, most places seem vastly underpopulated and clean. There are some things you never take for granted after living in China, and it was in Medora that all of those things were infinitely amplified. I took Elijah on a number of walks, and did even more runs than that, and on all of these outdoor excursions I honestly felt like I was having a sensory overload! The cleanest air, the most beautiful wide open spaces, no one for miles, puffy white clouds and sky so blue it felt like I was dreaming. It was clear that I absolutely fell in love with the tranquility and charm of Medora, and probably even more so that others because of where I have been living. I do love my life in China, but being in North Dakota opened up my senses in a different way. I would, for sure, love to live somewhere peaceful like this. It felt like the rest of the world had disappeared, and that I could keep running for hours. I often only stopped because I had to get back to the house to check on Elijah. I had some great babysitters, my brother and sister-in-law, but I don’t want to be gone for hours on end.
When everyone had to go to work, Eli and I would go walking around the Campgrounds located right next to my brother’s home. We had arrived in the last few days of peak season, but once the Musical (the incredibly impressive Medora Musical, which I will blog about soon) ended and the campgrounds emptied, Medora was like a ghost town. As you can see below, no RV’s, tents or cars for miles – so Eli, Max the dog, and myself had plenty room to walk and play. Here are some pictures of our afternoon walks around the Medora campgrounds in North Dakota…
I love these two pictures.
Above, Eli would often lift his head like this towards the sky. I felt like he could tell the difference in our surroundings, and that he felt it all the same way that I did. This little boy was born in a very busy place! It was the cutest thing watching him do this.Below, This is Max. My brother’s dog. Cute as can be!