One of the things I've often thought about over the years is what keeps us in North Dakota? If you ask that question of a hundred different people you may get a hundred different answers. Although the answers vary, most have a common theme. Somewhere in their answer the word "freedom" appears. Another word that appears almost as often is "outdoors." Our freedoms and our closeness to nature fit together like a hand and glove, blending together almost seamlessly in our lives on the Northern Plains. This book is a bit of a light hearted look at our life on the plains that is guaranteed to bring back a lot of memories. What started out as a book of memories in a lot of ways became much more. It became a permanent part of my life long journey. I'm not sure it will ever be finished, at least in my mind, but here's what I've got so far! If this is interesting to you, maybe you'll capture some of what it feels like to be as free as we are and what life is like out here on the prairies of North Dakota.