|We have arrived at Devils Lake, ND. Wow, what a long trip it was today. The scenery really did not change much between Dickinson & here as far as fields go. We passed 250+ miles of rolling hills, corn fields & fields of sunflowers. I have decided that North Dakota grows enough corn to feed the world! And, as we watched the sunflowers for the past 5 days we noticed an odd thing. So, I did an Internet search & this is what I found.
Sunflowers in the bud stage exhibit heliotropism. At sunrise, the faces of most sunflowers are turned towards the east. Over the course of the day, they move to track the sun from east to west, while at night they return to an eastward orientation. This motion is performed by motor cells in the pulvinus, a flexible segment of the stem just below the bud. As the bud stage ends, the stem stiffens and the blooming stage is reached.
Sunflowers in the blooming stage are not heliotropic anymore. The stem has frozen, typically in an eastward orientation. The stem and leaves lose their green color. Well, learn something new everyday!
Anyway, the farther east we traveled the greener it got. There were so many ponds/lakes that we lost count. And the birds were everywhere! Everything from sea gulls, herons, hawks you name it. Larry said that meant there were lots of bugs to eat. Boy was he right!
We entered Central time while on the road so we lost an hour which made it almost 7pm when we arrived. I HATE traveling that late in the day. There were no RV parks in the area so we found a WalMart & parked it for the night. It was a miracle that we found any services as I can honestly say we traveled almost 300 miles & passed very few vehicles, let alone any stores, restaurants or gas stations!
We put out the bedroom slide, raised the satellite & heated some leftovers. Watched one movie I had Tivo'd earlier, checked a few e-mails & it is now bedtime. Just as well, we let in at least a dozen mosquitos just opening the front door once! Now that each & everyone of them has bitten me (I think we killed them all by now) I am definitely ready to move on early in the morning! Minnesota, here we come...