Day 93

My first night out West

June 27th, 2010

Larry (left) invited me over and treated me to a delicious steakhouse dinner, and I was particularly grateful for the shower/laundry/etc after the recent wave of damp, hot, and humid weather. Also pictured are Larry's cousin Al and Al's daughter Emily, both really kind and friendly people.

The title of this post refers to being west of the Missouri River. The air is much drier today (praise to your deity of choice!) and the land just looks like the West. I have a tough time capturing landscapes on my phone camera, but I'll post a shot as soon as I get a decent one.


  1. Karen Too says:

    Hooray for kind and friendly people.

    What are you talking about? We love your landscapes, Matt.

    • Jeff says:

      must DITTO on both. My diety, Matt you take a heck of a landscape picture. Many of know what the east west looks like…we can only imaginge what the real west looks like…..

      Nice people you rock and will be rewarded one day. May peace be with you and may your home always be safe.

      Diety Bless these people, Matt and the rest of you hobo’s reading this……

      I did say ditto did not I ?

  2. Mark says:

    That was really nice of the ‘show me’ folks!

  3. katzien in austin says:

    Larry is ‘the man!” Thanks for taking in our beloved Matt. I know we all wish him the best as he continues westward. And yes, keep the landscape photos coming, no matter what you think of them. I know we all love seeing the sights along your journey!

  4. Jennifer in KY says:

    Matt, your landscapes are breathtaking! Can’t believe you don’t see the beauty and talent we all see in your pics! Stay safe out there!

  5. Jim in AR via MN says:

    Oh Mandan…if you were on I 94…and “after” you leave Mandan…and look West from the top of the bluff…you are right, it does look like the West, you can see for miles…can you imagine Lewis and Clark (after their winter camp there with the Mandans) and looking West as you are…they had the toughest part of their journey ahead…hopefully you won’t face any of the same things they did…except the beauty and the openness of the everything all the way to the Rockies…and all that glacial topography…

    So don’t miss all the wonders along the way…they didn’t…I don’t think you will either…and remember…Theodore Roosevelt National Park…the prairie just falls away into the North Dakota Badlands…and it happens…Right Now…enjoy…and thanks…

  6. Jim in AR via MN says:

    Sorry, a little more…some more Real People…if you know what I mean…this is America…and across the land you have met so many of these kind of people…maybe some of the other kind too…I don’t know…but the true America comes out…you have been lucky to meet them…and we are too when you share with us…thanks again…

  7. Sam in OR says:

    You’re doing some great stuff here, Matt! I’ll be roadtripping back to the midwest from OR, looks like I’ll be traveling on part of your route to the west! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you. Safe travels man!

  8. Much happier nice looking people than the ones in the diner a little back. These folks look very happy to have you there. Glad you were able to clean up after the nasty weather out there. Thanks for sharing these nice folks with us today!

  9. tim says:

    Not Quakers? They Look pretty friendly. Nice people out that way,

  10. What? No pictures of the Missouri River? I was expecting it. I guess that’s what I get for expectations. Oh well.

    By looking closer in at the map of where this was taken there are huge train shipping yards by the looks of it. Do you know what that’s about? Information anyone?

  11. Jeff says:

    Close encounters of the third kind staging area. Just in case.

  12. Mom says:

    Thank you Larry, Al, Emily, the folks at the diner, the Main Street crew, and all the good North Dakotans who have been so kind to our Matthew.

    • Janine says:

      Hey it’s Mom! Hi, Mom!

      OMD, Jeff, you’re cracking me up this morning.

      Thank you Larry, Emily and Al, for taking care of Matt!

  13. carolyn says:

    I’m glad some nice folks took care of you Matt. I love all your pictures. I wish we could of crossed paths when you were in Chicago. I started following right after you were here.

  14. Shannon in AR says:

    What a nice family! Larry sounds like an especially nice guy.

  15. Judo says:

    I can’t help but think that there is something about Matt that makes people want to help him. Good energy, guardian angels, karma, whatever you want to call it…I’m just glad everytime I see a post about a great night spent with kind folks.

    • Jeff says:

      I think it is cause he is real and nice and he is open to a coversation. Neve met him…but from the you tube I saw…I get it.
      Whatever he’s got he’s got. Matt we need a good President…feel like running…? (oops another punn. .. I intended it)
      stick to the walking. Peace as always..I know you bring a Peace to others cause they are all smiling…cept so much for the dinner people.

  16. MN Roxanne says:

    Amen to a steakhouse dinner, shower and laundry!!! Many thanks to Larry and family for taking good care of Matt!

  17. Hayden says:

    Al needs to relax alittle and unbutton his shirt…;-)

    Nice folk that you are meeting along the way

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