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W.A.N.D. Shout-Out from the top of Sentinel Butte!

Can you hear the voices on the wind? That’s the WAND team proclaiming the names of our supporters from the top of Sentinel Butte. Enjoy and thank you all!

It begins…

… at the Golden Valley county line, the western most edge of North Dakota.

The band of merry W.A.N.Derers






You too can write a nodaiku! It’s a Nodaiku Contest!

Do you like haiku?  

Have you ever heard of North Dakota?  

Maybe you too can write a Nodaiku!

Gather round, all ye of steady hand and sharp wit: The Blank Rectangle wants you to create your own North Dakota-themed haiku!   See details below:

  • Poems should follow the basic form of haiku: 3 lines consisting of syllables 5, 7 and 5, respectively.  Since the haiku form in English is not necessarily restricted to just 17 syllables, we’ll accept anything shorter than 17 syllables, but 17 us the max.  (Hint: a good haiku is one that can be spoken with one breath.)
  • The poem should be paired with the below photo in the Badlands outside of Medora, ND, taken by our very own Tyler Bold.  (Want to see some samples of the photo nodaiku combo?  Take a look at our collection so far.)
  • Poems should be submitted to with your name and your hometown and state by May 4, 2011.  No more than one entry per person, please.

We’ll feature the poems of some of the finalists on the blog here, but one lucky winner will have their poem featured with this photograph in The WAND Chronicles, the record of our walk across the western half of North Dakota!  We know you’ve been itching to try your hand at this super-cool new form of haiku.  Heck, it could even make you famous!  (Well, maybe just North Dakota-famous…)

BTW, we’ve collected over $1000 in pledges on our Kickstarter fund drive – awesome!  THANK YOU so much to all who have contributed so far.  But we could still use help covering the rising costs of making/documenting the trip (including eating dinner and staying a night with the monks at Assumption Abbey near Richardton, ND).  And it doesn’t take much: a $10 donation will get you a personalized nodaiku postcard from the road, and only $15 for a digital copy of the WAND Chronicles!  So capture a little piece of the most unknown state in America by supporting “The Walk Across North Dakota” — make your pledge here:  (Tell your friends!  Tell your enemies!  Tell complete strangers you’ve never met before!)


Photo by Tyler Bold

Help us Kickstart the WAND!

Well, we’ve been talking about it for a while…and it seemed like we would never actually do it…but we finally made it.  What?  Oh, our Kickstarter page to help raise funds to support and document the Walk Across North Dakota, of course!  Follow the link below to see our page and pledge to contribute — we are even offering some nice rewards for various levels of support, including copies of the WAND Chronicles, our book to be based on the trip…

Here’s a little teaser… it’s our official trailer for the WAND!

And be sure to tell your friends!  Thanks for all your support!

What might the WAND look like…ND in photos

As we’ve been gearing up for the WAND — in June, 2 months and counting! – we’ve been reminiscing over old photos from our salad days in NoDak.  Also, we’ve decided to create a calendar from photos taken on the WAND and include it as part of our rewards for raising funds to support the trip.  Here’s a few of our favorites, in order of the potential sights to be seen…

by Tyler Bold

Lands so beautiful they tried to hide them by calling ’em bad. This seems pretty likely to be the most dynamic and exciting part of our adventure, hiking through the Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt State Park.  Probably a lot of other great photo-ops out here…

by Tyler Bold

The open road. It’ll go on for miles and miles.  There are lots more stunning road photos of North Dakota out there – just do a Google Image search for them, they’re easy to find.  Of course, there probably won’t be snow on the ground for us this time around, so that will be nice.

by Jeremy Bold

Really “big sky” country. It takes forever for the sun to set in North Dakota, and it gives you some of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see.  Definitely looking forward to this.

by Jeremy Bold

Where the sidewalk begins. Even though I know 2+ weeks is a long time, I expect that it’ll go past much faster than we even expect.  We’ll be arriving back in Bismarck sooner than we imagine.

Wow.  SO psyched to get out there and take some more photos this summer.  And be sure to look out for our announcement of the opening of our Kickstarter page this week!  We’ll also be posting the trailer for the WAND very soon now…be on the lookout!

Feb 28, 2011 Meeting Minutes: mileage, monies, media and…mountain lions?

So here it is – plans for the WAND so far.  To all you readers: if you have any suggestions based on these preparations, they would be much appreciated!  See the questions in BOLD below

  • Mileage: route, miles /day

Tyler discussed issues of camping on non-wildlife management areas, which would mean we’d have to get permission from individual land-owners for each place we stopped (which we would probably need to do in advance).  Richard played devil’s advocate a bit, suggesting we could do it a more “janky” way (Richard insists it means frugal, but that’s not what I found on urban dictionary…), where we just approach landowners as we decide where to camp for the night and improvise if people don’t want us to stay.

Tyler was working through issues of distance and time on the route itinerary and worried if we could make it the whole way in time if the 15 miles /day we had talked about previously was a maximum.  We all agreed to set a 20 mile maximum mileage in one day, provided it could be surrounded by cushion days of less distance or intensity.  Gwen and Jeremy agree to abide by whatever itinerary that Rich and Tyler set out.  Any recommendations or thoughts on what it is like to do through-hiking in North Dakota (or any other fairly flat, plain-like topography) would be greatly appreciated!  Is 20 miles a lot for that kind of terrain?

  • Monies: Kickstarter application, donation

We’ve been waiting on a response to our re-submitted Kickstarter proposal (rejected the first time because it apparently lacked proper rewards for an “creative” project based on patronage – which we highly dispute based on plan to document the trip with photographs and journals which we will release after the trip).  If we don’t hear anything back from them by Friday, we agreed to move ahead knowing that we all can participate in the WAND even without funding (though it would be nice).  We plan to include a PayPal donate button on the blog so we can hopefully gather general donations that way.  Know of any other ways we could think about getting money for this trip/project?  Please comment below.

  • Media: the TBR-WAND press release

Jeremy explains a plan for a WAND press release to relevant and interested news sources in the near future, once we know the outcome of Kickstarter application and get some kind of donation button available for TBR.  Planned sources include: major ND newspapers (Bismarck Tribune, Grand Forks Herald, Fargo Forum, etc.) and ND Newspaper Association, North Dakota Humanities Council, and university alumni associations for Concordia, Jamestown and UND (and maybe NDSU, just for good measure).  Any other places we should think about, readers?

  • Mountain lions…?  create equipment and contingency/emergency list

Discussed the need to create various lists.  Agreed on a collective gear list of haves and don’t have yets will be started by Jeremy and shared on Google Docs.  Gwen suggested the need for a contingency list, which Tyler agreed to start.  Jeremy emphasized that we focus on specific, expected contingencies and only a general emergency plan (e.g. what if we encounter mountain lion/ rattlesnake/lightning storm but NOT what if Richard falls down an old abandoned mineshaft that was not marked on the map – meaning, stuff we can actually plan ahead for).  What else should we be worried about?

  • etc.

Eric, the other Bold brother, is confirmed as full WAND participant (barring unforeseen circumstances) and Bruce, Gwen’s fiancé, will participate for the first week.  No other expected participants at this point.

Well there you have it – thanks for any help and hopefully we’ll have some great updates for you beginning of next month when we’ll be only two months from the beginning of the WAND – the walking begins on June 3rd…

Meeting Agenda: Feb 28, 2011

Tonight, we’re planning to have a meeting to discuss details of our project for the Walk Across North Dakota (WAND).  Below you’ll find the agenda of things to be discussed and we’ll update you later in the week about what was decided and discussed at the meeting.  (Also, you’ll see it below, but we’ve submitted an application to feature our project on Kickstarter, a funding platform of mass patronage for creative projects where anyone in the world can pledge financial contributions to our project.  Hopefully we’ll have an update on that in the very near future!)

Agenda (subject to revision)

  1. Route update from Richard and Tyler
  2. Kickstarter update (if any) by Gwen
  3. Make a list of areas we need to research and assign them to people (e.g. food, equipment)
  4. Discuss physical preparation
  5. Check in re footwear
  6. Discuss addition of Bruce (Gwen’s fiancé) for first week
  7. Determine if Eric is doing the walk
  8. Comments on blog, if any
  9. Letter Jeremy drafted for family/friends support
  10. Discussion of potential creative outlets for the WAND from Jeremy

Jeremy planning the WAND

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