We’re turning our course northward to speak about building engagement with blog readers at the Midwest Travel Network conference in Medora, North Dakota.

Photo courtesy of The Walking Tourists

Ann and I have long loved the fact that we often hear from blog readers and that y’all feel comfortable reaching out, contacting us and engaging with our content. It turns out others have noticed this and want to know more about it. We’re happy to share.

A 2,500 mile road trip

I really hadn’t done long road trips before our voyage across the southeast last winter. After that month on the road, however, I feel like a seasoned pro. Which is why sitting on the porch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, contemplating leaving for a 2,500+ mile trip to North Dakota in less than a week just isn’t that daunting. Heck, this time, I only have to pack for one season.

The more we’ve prepared for this trip, the more we’ve been looking forward to it. As we’ve researched North Dakota the past few weeks, we’re finding that there is a lot to see and do there. The Medora area, where we’ll spend the majority of our time, looks to be absolutely stunningly beautiful and a lot of fun!  At Theodore Roosevelt National Park, we’ll get to take in some incredible scenery.

In addition, we love taking in the wildlife of an area. And when that wildlife includes wild horses? Even better.

The Medora Musical

The conference is in Medora, a town of only 132 permanent residents. You may wonder how a town this size can host a large conference. We did. But then we learned that tens of thousands of visitors come every summer to take in the Medora Musical. This show, performed in a 2,900 seat amphitheater, is “dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the Badlands and to the spirit of the Old West,” according to their website.

All the reviews we’ve heard have said it’s a terrific show, and we look forward to seeing it for ourselves!

Dot’s Pretzels

Finally, there’s one other North Dakota phenomenon we’d like to learn more about while there: Dot’s Pretzels. We were excited to see Dot’s is one of our conference networking break sponsors.  If you’ve ever tried Dot’s, you know that they are a perfect road trip snack: crunchy, salty, and highly addictive. Found everywhere from convenience stores to our local Crete, Nebraska, Ace Hardware, these mouthwatering pretzels are dusted with pure, finely powdered deliciousness. We don’t know what, exactly is in the concoction, we just know that we love it, and we want some more of it.

If you are interested in attending The Midwest Travel Network Conference, it is not too late! You can purchase a ticket to the event in advance HERE or even at the door. We’d love to meet you there! 

Stay tuned to the blog and to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. We’ll be sharing lots from our upcoming trip to North Dakota through stories and posts and hope you’ll follow along! 

In addition, some great travel bloggers will be posting about the conference and their trips throughout the week. Here are some you might enjoy following:

Travel With Sara

The Walking Tourists

Adventures of Empty Nesters

Olio in Iowa

Way 2 Good Life

Traveling Adventures From A Farm Girl

 

 

  • Like everything Ree Drummond does, the Pioneer Woman Boarding House is over the top in a really good way.⁣
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Guests in the appropriately named Emerald Room receive a true luxury experience especially in the bathroom. With a claw foot tub, walk-through shower, two vanities and two toilets, this room is a jewel. ⁣
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  • Strawberry fields forever...⁣
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While traveling, we adore stopping in farmers markets and checking out the fresh produce available for sale. When we saw these strawberries in Tallinn, Estonia, we just had to take a picture.⁣
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The vibrant color of the berries tells us they were ripened naturally on the vine. You just don't get that color trucked in to a supermarket. And that natural ripening means, of course, that these are some of the sweetest strawberries you'll ever taste. Yum! #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #goplaces #emptynest #emptynesters #midlife #couplestravel #couplestrip #celebritycruises #cruising #seastheday #cruise #sea #beyondborders #humansatsea #cruiseaddict #cruisecritic #tallinn #lifeisbeautiful #cruiseship #cruiselife #estonia #strawberries #farmersmarket #lifeisshort #visitestonia #adventuregirls #tallinngram #berries
  • On our Baltic Sea cruise, we stopped in Stockholm, Sweden. To get there, we had to sail through the Stockholm Archipelago. ⁣
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For days leading up to our arrival in Stockholm, the captain of the ship kept telling us that we should plan to be up early so we could take in the scenery as we passed through the archipelago. After enough repetitions, we resolved to get up early to see what he was so excited about.⁣
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We are so glad we set the alarm. That morning, we sat on our balcony and had breakfast watching some of the most beautiful scenery we'd ever seen pass by our cabins. We had an up-close view of land that we've rarely had from a cruise ship unless it was docked. ⁣
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Sure, we travel to see specific things. Who doesn't? But we really love it when we find something like this that we didn't know existed, but it is so amazing it enriches our lives and makes us want to go back again and again.
  • In the @visitmasoncityiowa airport, is a new restaurant called CAVU American Kitchen & Cocktail Lounge. Offering chef-crafted foods and incredible cocktails, this restaurant has the best airport food we've ever eaten. In fact, we'll call this airport a destination.⁣
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Pictured here is Chef Cassie's fried potato salad. This was her elimination dish from the show, "Master Chef." Apparently, Wolfgang Puck didn't think much of it. After trying it, we don't think much of Wolfgang Puck's taste.⁣
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This dish, which is served warm, is composed of crispy fried potato chunks covered in delicious potato salad dressing. The combination of flavors and textures had us going back for more. #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #goplaces #emptynest #emptynesters #midlife #couplestravel #couplestrip #midwestliving #midwestlivingmag  #midwestmoment #igersmidwest #midwestisbest #masoncity #clearlake @masoncity
  • In Rochester, Minnesota, in the shadow of the famed Mayo Clinic, is a beautiful pedestrian area called the Peace Plaza. Because of its location, it's often the last area a person walks through as they go to the clinic hoping for help. And, it's the first place people pass as they leave the clinic sometimes with good news, other times to confront their own mortality.⁣
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The designers of the plaza seemed to understand the huge role the space would play in the lives of the people coming through. They designed it as a calming, meditative space filled with tranquility. It's a place you can refocus a little, and take some time to transition from the clinic to the world. And, it's just one more example of the ways that @minnesotas_rochester demonstrates humanity to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year to the clinic.
  • Are these salt and pepper shakers not the cutest?? Pawhuska, Oklahoma, is a magical place at Christmastime. We stopped by the @pwmercantile this morning and snapped a few new pics. Getting excited for the Holiday Lights Parade tonight!
  • We have four holiday gift guides up on the blog for the traveler, home cook, cruise lover, and road tripper on your shopping list! Just click on the link in our bio to check out our blog. ⁣
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One of our all-time favorite items (it made two of our lists) are these @EagleCreek packing items. This starter set goes with us on every single trip. Last year, Steve packed 16 size XXL shirts in on of them. They are super lightweight, safe space in your suitcase, and help you stay organized as your travel. ⁣
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What are your favorite gift ideas for travelers this year? ⁣
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  • Who's ready for some pumpkin pie??⁣
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The thought of digging in to a piece of pumpkin pie (served with a cup of coffee with pumpkin spice creamer) takes us back to a small town festival we love. ⁣
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A few years ago, our town of Crete, Nebraska, began holding the Great Pumpkin Festival during the first weekend of October.⁣
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From spring to fall, local volunteers tend gardens filled with pumpkin vines so that folks who come to the festival can take home a reasonably priced, locally-grown pumpkin. ⁣
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The festival is full of games, food, performances and fun. It's a wholesome day where the town turns out to celebrate another year together in a relaxed, calm atmosphere.⁣
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Does your town have a festival? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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