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Road trip across the US

August 4, 2011
Summer 2011

Prickly Pear Blossoms in Makoshika State Park near Glendive, Montana

This summer we found ourselves in the ridiculous but necessary position of driving from Baja, Mexico east to Tennessee, then northwest to Montana.  It has given an up-close view of some of the strange weather our country has been experiencing.

West Texas was in severe drought and smoke from wildfires.   Farmers’ fields lay dry and empty.

As we made it to the east, we picked up the flooding that continued until eastern Mississippi where it was so bad the smell of decaying vegetation lent a sense of death to the air.  A few billboards and roofs were tossed and crumpled from tornadoes in east Mississippi and west Tennessee.  Southern Tennessee experienced record-breaking hot temperatures while we were there, and when it was time to head north to Montana we eyed the tornadoes tormenting the midwest and chose our route.

More flooding, more drought, more empty fields, more high rivers.

What an interesting time to be alive.

Summer 2011

Grasslands of South Dakota. Holt, 5

And what a cherished summer to be spending time with family.

Summer 2011

South Dakota Badlands

Summer 2011

South Dakota Badlands, ready to roll

Summer 2011

Summer 2011

Summer 2011

Grandpa gives his all for the team - Logan Pass, July

Summer 2011

Fossilized dinosaur tooth on the trail, Makoshika State Park

Summer 2011

Hot Hike and Happy Campers, South Dakota Badlands

Summer 2011

Cousin Ruby

Summer 2011

Summer 2011

Makoshika State Park, near Glendive, Montana

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nedra Trebing permalink
    August 4, 2011 3:45 am

    Wow, those badlands look like great lands to me! Exciting new world we would like to see.
    and the hot to cold, wow…
    enjoyed the show…

  2. MomE permalink
    August 4, 2011 12:26 pm

    Speaking of weather, we had a night of strong winds, thunder claps and lightning that left many in the county w/o power. On my walk this morning there were a couple of big trees down and several limbs as well. I suspect that is why Nedra was up so early:) XOXO

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