But all that was AFTER the storm. We knew that bad weather lay ahead of us as we drove across Nebraska, but most of the day it was clear and sunny, beautiful, really. It wasn't clear just where the storms would be or how severe. But as we approached Chadron, NE, the sky became more and more ominous, and we decided it would be wise to stop. We pulled into a Taco John (which has good beans and rice - one of Ellen's favs), and sure enough, just as we came in, the TV up on the wall issued an storm alert, and within a few minutes the storm hit. It was awesome. We didn't get the hail that they did elsewhere - but (we learned later) the area we had just driven through along Route 20 got 70 mph gusts and 3" hail! (We had read in a newspaper we saw that day that the hail storm on Tuesday in Omaha, NE, which had involved baseball-sized hail, had seriously damaged 4300 cars at just one car dealership! Yikes!)
Within 45 minutes, it had begun to clear to the west and we had a gorgeous drive with an incredible sunset that just went on and on, all the way to Douglas and even some vestiges of it were still in the sky as we pulled into Casper at 11pm!
|The sky just as we pulled into Taco John|
|The western sky as we drove west of Chadron, NE|
|Sunset after the storm - this photo doesn't do it justice!|
|Our final refuge in Casper. Given the weather, maybe a boat-shaped motel is not a bad idea!|