Parking: Douglas Creek Campground
This has been our favorite location so far. Lake Sakakawea is beautiful, the campground is free, the sites are private, and it is quiet and absolutely dark at night. Unfortunately, we got skunked on sailing again (the boat ramp was a little too shallow), but the site was so relaxing, we didn’t mind. We did once again have some crazy nighttime thunderstorms – the town a few miles away got 2″ hail, and during several days, the wind was howling (despite being completely sunny).
To get to the campground, there is a very long dirt road through some farmlands. I knew that ND was known for crude oil, but I did not know that they also had a lot of oil crops. I had expected nothing but miles of beige wheat fields, but they have sunflowers, safflowers, corn, soybeans and flax. The blue flax is fantastic. From a distance, the field seems to be a large lake that doesn’t quite obey the laws of gravity. I really wish we had gotten some pictures, but we kept thinking we’d do it when it was less windy.
We had a new experience. When sailing with the wind coming over the stern (“on a run”), it feels like the boat isn’t moving because the boat is going the same speed as the wind, so the people on board feel no wind at all. Now we know what that feels like on a motorcycle. The wind was blowing 30-45 miles per hour, and when that was in front of us, it was pretty horrible (especially when the Ag trucks passed and added their own wind), but when it was behind us, it was very odd to feel nothing.