What You See Is What You Get

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:

Bob can verify I’ve taken thousands of photos out the side windows trying to capture just one decent shot of a pronghorn. Here’s just one of those:

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!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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4 Responses to What You See Is What You Get

  1. Interesting photos. Love the rocket man! Happy Trails!
    –Michael

  2. I agree! You said it beautifully! There is so much to see all over our beautiful country.

    • Ellen says:

      You’re so right, Beth! When we started this (nearly ten years ago, can you believe it?) we’d meet people who always returned to the same places and we couldn’t understand that. Now we do the same thing (with some new places mixed in), and I totally understand how one place can keep revealing itself in new ways. Safe travels to you and yours!

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