Well, just about anything via road travel is North when you leave Florida. We last left you in Arkansas with Nicole on the great hunt for an Alligator Snapping Turtle. That dream pretty much died as we crossed into Missouri for the night.
The small town of Thayer is just across the border from Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, and we had been to both in previous (pre-Annie) travels. So, in the morning, we opted for a little reminiscing. We headed down toward Mammoth Springs and decided to explore the new-to-us visitor center at the FWS Fish Hatchery.
There wasn’t much going on at the hatchery (fish wise) this particular time of the year but we heard some birds and were up for a walkabout so we exited stage rear. We encountered a group of kids receiving a presentation by a ranger.
Being the curious sort we hung around for a bit and listened in. After all, he kept pulling things out of boxes. Who wouldn’t stick around for that?!
And then it happened. Something we never expected. It was a complete shock and yet, admittedly, a little bit exciting. O.K. It was a LOT exciting! One minute he is cracking jokes with the kids and the next minute the man just whips out...
Moving right along... We saw some other neat things, as well. At a volunteer position in PA we assisted with some wood duck box monitoring / repair and such. Yet, we never saw a Wood Duck.
Before long, our stretch was over and it was time to get back on the road. Although the only fish we saw at the hatchery were in the visitor center, we did see a lot of birds and, of course...
Tooling on down the road we headed north until we could enter Nebraska and then we made a beeline west. The weather quickly changed and the skies were a bit questionable.
Before we left Florida we had watched a movie about tornado chasers that drove a cool ‘tornado-proof’ vehicle so they could get very close and even drive right into the middle of one (that last part may have just been for the movie). Perhaps that was on our minds as Annie is not exactly tornado proof!
We pushed on though and according to news reports managed to stay just ahead or just behind the true nastiness. Not that we were trying to be a part of it. We were just cruising along at our normally very slow rate of driving though when this “thing” goes whizzing by us! You’ll never guess what it was.
Despite the impending doom look of the sky the whole time our trip through Nebraska was a smooth one. We stopped off at the last rest area in NE for a short bit and spotted these.
We spent our last night of “freedom” (yes, we are headed to volunteer, again) at a rest area in Wyoming that we had overnighted at prior to full-timing. The last time we were here we were on a month long cross country rock climbing adventure. Although we do not climb nearly as much as we used to, we still had to hop on that rest area boulder just once for sentimental purposes.
We also explored the trails a bit before settling in for a relaxing night.
With that, we have finally caught up to our present location (well, our present State anyway). As for exact locations and happenings... for those of you that we don’t communicate with in other ways, thanks for reading and we’ll get there (sooner or later).