Storm Chasing 14/5
The purpose of our early visit to the USA is
to go storm
chasing. Like most people who have seen Twister, we really
wanted to see a
tornado up close. We had bad sunny weather for most of the week
wandered around tornado alley, staying in some disgusting hotels
some dreadful food. One hotel would have been closed down had it
been in the
UK. The first room they gave us was directly off the main
This meant everyone was sat just outside your room and none of
our group could
have a morning shower. We sat in our room and had water dripping
ceiling! So we asked to be moved. The next room was opened for
us as our key didn’t
work and a cloud of smoke poured out from a room occupied and
trashed by them.
It turned out it was the wrong room. The next room still had
black mould and
horrible stains everywhere, but at least our sheets seemed
clean; most rooms
did not have clean sheets. Caroline hates staying in rooms with
lots of mould
because of lung disease risks.
Anyway, this was storm chasing, not a
gastronomic tour, so,
what was the weather like?
A severe storm that can become a tornado has what’s called a beaver’s tail and clouds that roll and roll; its not like any other storm or set of clouds that you will ever see.
We did also meet some very nice people and got to visit the Big Bend National Park in Texas. We found a beautiful Copperhead snake, visited the dinosaur museum and watched some Mexicans who had illegally crossed the border disappear into the shrubs as two border police in flak jackets sweated their way towards them in 90deg heat. The border between the USA and Mexico runs along the shallow Rio Grande with 100s of footprints on the Mexican side along with little boats. We even had to produce our passports to enter and leave the National Park; needless to say, the Americans on board only had to say they were American and didn’t have to produce any ID.