Port: North Dakota’s best-kept secret may not be a secret much longer


MINOT, N.D. — I love to camp.

Food tastes better when it’s cooked on a campfire. Hiking some trails, or splashing around in the Missouri River, is endlessly fun, but so is sitting quietly with a good book with nothing in my ears but the sounds of birds and nature.

The Germans even have a specific word for that (of course they do). It’s “waldeinsamkeit,” which means the feeling of solitude in the forest.

It’s lucky, then, because I am enamored with coyotes howling to end the day, and the sound of rain on our tent while I’m tucked in dry and safe with my loved ones, and the slightly tired and achy feeling you get after a long day of outdoors activities, that I live in North Dakota, where we have a truly wonderful network of state parks that cater to this sort of thing.

North Dakota’s parks are a treasure, and not just because of the arresting scenery. Our parks are well-managed. User friendly. The facilities are clean. The fees are reasonable. The staff is knowledgeable and professional and always ready to help.

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