Clearly this blog is lagging pretty far behind where we are today, leaving a lot of time and miles in-between. To bridge that, I thought I’d share some glimpses into travel on the road. It’s easy to get wrapped up in destinations — where we stayed, what we saw, the restaurants we visited — while ignoring the one of the main reasons we travel via RV: to see the country (the number one reason is to avoid snow and freezing weather).
But it’s amazing what you see when you just look out the window, even on a rainy day:
Back in mid-September of 2017 we drove from Medora, ND, south to just outside Rapid City, SD. It’s not a long drive, but I managed to snap a hundred photos out the windows of the Winnebago in those few hours we were on the road…
…like this sign, which suggests what we’ve discovered are the priorities for too many fellow RVers:
It’s always fun to see things on poles, right?
Bowman, ND, welcomes everyone with an antique tractor to show its agricultural roots — and its own Rocket Man!
I never get tired of seeing old businesses, their faded signs a reminder of once a thriving enterprise. There’s something sad about them, I guess, but I can’t help being intrigued by them:
Of course, if you’ve followed this blog for even a little while, you know how much we love spotting wildlife. Sometimes the wildest life we see are cows and horses, usually with their heads down, busy grazing:
The plains states are dotted with buildings battered by weather and age:
But sometimes, it’s what you know about the area that makes a particular scene much more meaningful than it would otherwise:
After a fire destroyed one of the huge biker bars just outside Sturgis, the company rebuilt — right at the base of Bear Butte (the mountain in the background), which is a sacred site for Native Americans.
Every day, every fraction of a mile, reveals something stunning, something that shows us just how remarkable these United States are. Every one of these images was taken on just one short day of travel, from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota to the Black Hills of South Dakota.
To add variety in your life, to see something of America, all you have to do is look out the window!