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"Whether the weather is warm…"

Traveling the US in the spring is an interesting exercise in weather behavior.  Within two days we went from 22 degrees at Luna Lake (over 8,000’ elevation) in Arizona to 108 degrees at Big Bend National Park in Texas. 

We were chased by severe thunderstorms as we drove across Texas to Boyd’s sister’s in Houston.  The scanner weather alert went off three times, including a notification that the campground we had stayed at in the beautiful hill country of Texas (never thought I’d use the words “beautiful” and “Texas” in the same sentence), was under a severe thunderstorm alert with quarter sized hail, heavy rain, and flash floods.  We were glad not to be crossing all those low water channels with the warning signs and flood gauges we had seen!  Now we find ourselves in the south (New Orleans) where our skin gets instantly "dewey" as it contacts the saturated air.  Meanwhile we hear that it’s snowing in Colorado and Wyoming.

It’s more exciting when you don’t know what to expect each day, but certainly air-conditioning makes life easier than it was for the natives and early settlers that we keep reading about at historic stops.

 “…whether the weather is hot, we have to put up with the weather, whether we like it or not. “  As long as we can avoid the tornadoes!

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