The Peace Gardens…

It has been a MONTH almost to the day and boy have I been one busy bee!!  I successfully finished all my new instructor orientation up in the middle of nowhere, dolled myself up for a wedding, have built a fence, continued canning and done a few crafts all while planning from scratch 6 math classes for flipping!  It has been super hectic, but am blessed the weather is still beautiful and life is wonderful!

There will be a series of posts coming your way as I am going to attempt to scroll through my memory card to decipher what I have been up to.  First we must start with the International Peace Gardens.  While up in Bottineau, ND for my new instructor orientation where my husband graciously took the 4 hour drive with me we had some spare time to visit these beautiful gardens.

As you pull up, it almost appears as if you are going to go straight through to Canadian customs.  You drive past the US boarder patrol and immediately turn into the entrance of the Peace Gardens just before going to Canada.  We were a wee bit creeped out at how we might get back to the US as we didn’t have our passports and at one time I thought that in order to go back and forth from Canada to US a passport was required.  The lady said we would be fine….  Well we got a map and while still in the car we decided to take the 3.5 miles to the right where you are weaved in and out of the Canada side of life…lots of beautiful pine trees and awesome stopping spots for picnics and camping.  Who knew you could camp?!  Not that I am a camper…but still.  When we arrived at the end we were at the Peace Towers.  This is exactly 1.5 miles west of the entrance.  Beautiful!!

Peace Towers

Peace Towers

I can’t even explain how magnificent these were to look at.  If you turn 180 degrees you will see the Peace Church, the church had very soothing music playing and was very relaxing and almost comforting.

Peace Church

Peace Church

After entering alongside the walls there were inspirational peace quotes.

Entraance

Entrance

Quote Wall

Quote Wall

Quote

Quote

Joey liked the quote below because it had my name 🙂

Quote

Quote

After spending some time at the church soaking it all in we headed back to the car and drove the 3.5 miles on the US side, very typical view of North Dakota, also with camping and picnic sites.

Here is a map of the Peace Gardens

We ended up back at the entrance and stopped at the gift shop area so we could view the gardens themselves.  That’s when we came across the 9/11 Memorial and let me tell you, I had goosebumps and had the extreme urge to cry.  Here there were some of the debris. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

Entrance of the Memorial

Entrance of the Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial

Just take a moment to take that in, because it really is overwhelming….

Across the way there you see a bell on the Canadian Side.  I am not quite sure the significance of this to Canada.

 

Canadian Bell

Canadian Bell

In between the US and Canadian sides there is a small stream of water flowing and we followed that for quite some time and took beautiful photos which we ended up back at the gift shop and back at the car.

Peace Towers

Peace Towers

This small stream looks towards the entrance of the gardens

Small Stream

Small Stream

Peace Towers while in the main Garden

Peace Towers while in the main Garden

Large Pond

Large Pond

Canadian Fowers

Canadian Flowers

USA!

USA!

Gardens

Gardens

So full of color and life in mid-August!

Gardens

Gardens

Sunken Garden

Sunken Garden

At the Sunken Garden looking towards the Peace Towers

At the Sunken Garden looking towards the Peace Towers

While in the Gift Shop there is a Cacti garden area.  This place was HOT and HUMID!!

Cacti

Cacti

Who knew there was so many different species!

Who knew there was so many different species!

Big and Little

Big and Little

Simply amazing!

Simply amazing!

As we were getting ready to leave we saw the final place on the map we had not yet visited…the Peace Clock!

Peace Clock

Peace Clock

Peace Clock

Peace Clock

I am so glad we took the time to visit the Peace Gardens, I only wish we would have had more time, it was exquisite!!

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