While those of us may complain that we have to travel 20 minutes to the nearest Wal-Mart, these folk get to travel 92 miles or so and have to go to another state (North Dakota) to shop there. The volunteer fire department has to be called out by a siren that could be mistaken for a tornado warning, and have a fine record of getting their crews together and on scene quickly, even though this means that they have to leave their regular jobs and family to do so. The local theater is showing the new releases, the two movies that are available have to alternate showing times since there is only one screen. On Sundays, some of the businesses are closed, simply because it is Sunday. The newspaper is put out weekly, people know their neighbors by first name. Of course this also means that most of your business, personal and professional, may be known as well.
Wolf Point is not a wealthy town in terms of employment or mean income, but it is wealthy in tradition, having been a trading outpost since the 1800's. Lewis and Clark passed through not to far from Wolf Point on their way to the West Coast. Fort Peck, one of the last remaining active duty Forts in the United States is in the area as well. Many from the Sioux nation also live there, proud of their history and legacy.
The Wild Horse Stampede is the biggest event in the town all year. 3 days of rodeo, a street dance, hometown parade, good food provided by local venders.
I am really happy that I was able to get to see my family and be at the Stampede. This is a way of life that has and is slowly dying. It is good to know that just like the folk at Wolf Point, I can get by with less, and live a little more. Time doesn't have to move so fast, if I will only slow down.