|at Dora Dufran's grave|
|AJ and Val at Wild Bill's grave|
Turns out this storm that blew in hit hard near Piedmont, SD and Sundance, WY. The news reports said the hail only lasted about 2 minutes around I-90 but with hail that size it wouldn't take long to do a lot of damage. As we drove down the hill from the cemetery we noticed that just about every vehicle parked on the street was covered with dents and had a broken windshield.We didn't spend any time in Deadwood and headed toward Spearfish to continue with our scenic drive. We needed a snack and the local McDonald's was closed, but right next door was a Taco Bell. Yes, I actually ate something there. I likely won't do that again, but I was trying not to be a picky eater. More on that later. The young man behind the counter was forthcoming with more information about the storm and that there were actually two tornadoes that touched down in the area, one near Sundance and the other near Savoy, which is a small community in the Spearfish Canyon.
|Bridal Veil Falls|
|tree down at Roughlock Falls|
From there we went to Roughlock Falls. There are two parking areas, the lower one allows for a 1 mile walk along the nature area and I jokingly told the guys we were going to park there and walk up. There was near mutiny in the car. We drove on up to the upper parking area and once there I could see why the lower parking area was empty. The trail was closed near the falls and likely other places along the way. There were huge trees downed every where around. Lots of water over the falls because of all the recent rain. We spent a short time there and got back on our way only to see more damage from the storm. Huge trees snapped 20'-30' up, like toothpicks or ripped out of the ground entirely. It was quite the sight to see.
I'll digress here about picky eaters. Austin expressed his dislike for tomatoes
and cooked onions, among other things he doesn't like to eat. We mentioned that he was being kind of a picky eater. The discussion went on to things I don't like to eat like bananas, peanut butter, hotdogs, white bread and so on. Even Jay has things he doesn't care to eat such as kimchi, sour cream and bell peppers. So we figured out that we are all picky eaters, everyone could be considered a picky eater and maybe we could be a little more kind to each other by saying we are selective about what we like to eat. We don't have allergies or sensitivities to foods and I have complete respect for people who do, or people who choose vegetarian or vegan or wheat free or whatever way they want to eat. How about if we all just give each other some respect to our food choices and understand that not everyone likes everything that we do? Let's be kind and have compassion when it comes to nourishing our bodies.
And now back to being grateful that nothing happened. We had another crazy storm last night. It was a beautiful sunny day and about 6:00 the sky began to darken. Around 9:00 the light show began, shortly after that the rain let loose. Toby had managed to sneak under the trailer and it wasn't until we were getting ready to go to bed I realized he was still outside. I got him in just in time, then the wind picked up and the storm began in earnest. We all huddled inside watching the sky flash, Jay and I wondering if this is what precedes a tornado? Are we going to get giant hail? Then this morning, clear skies for a beautiful 4th of July. And I am grateful once again that nothing happened.