July 18, 2012

A Few Favorites

sunset in Malta, MT on June 29

We've covered too much ground to catch you up on where we've been and what we've been doing for the past few weeks, at least in any great detail. So I thought I'd just share some of my favorite pictures from that time period and then we'll all be up to speed.
descending out of the Bull Mountains south of Roundup, MT. Billings is down there on the horizon somewhere.
We've driven through a number of the states out here, our first two trips going through Montana. From there we headed to California and then Utah. We've also been to Arkansas and Missouri,  passing through Nebraska on July 4th. They were combining grain there, about two weeks earlier than usual according to a friend who lives there, because it's so dry.

Storm clouds were gathering over Sidney, NE as we entered the western side of the state on I-80.
Those clouds didn't really produce anything, but later in the evening, over east of North Platte I drove through a really nasty storm with strobe light effect lightning and literally horizontal rain. It was really intense there for a few moments.

After delivering in Arkansas and reloading in Missouri, we headed to Washington. Wyoming was the picturesque state on that tour. It was a good day to be in Wyoming with a camera!
the hills between Cheyenne and Laramie

Elk Mountain hiding it's tip in the clouds

a storm moving in near Rock Springs

in northwestern Wyoming near the ID state line on US30
From Washington we went to Oregon and loaded corn which went to California. I always enjoy the drive down US97 through Oregon, passing along the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains.

north of Madras, OR
 And then back up to Utah, crossing the Salt Flats at sunrise. After two weeks of cloudy air, the haze was starting to clear, which was a big help for pictures.
After delivering in Utah, we loaded wheat in Idaho and went to Montana where we loaded barley. And that brings you up to date. The barley load scenery was shared in my last post, Crossing the Midwest.

Today we're in Nevada about to load gypsum. Then we'll head to Idaho. Don't know where we're headed after that, but glad we're moving along at a nice pace, and hope the loads keep rolling in like this.


thecrazysheeplady said...

I love your blog. You do such a nice job with your stories and photos. These are lovely!

Michaele said...

Oh thank you so much for the Wyoming photos. We sure could have used that rain out here in northeast Nebraska.
Great photos - as usual : )

MTWaggin said...

Holy cow you've put on the miles. I love the shots of the scenery. Always fun to see some of those places through someone else's lens.

Shirley said...

Just got my computer back so it's catch up time. Looks like you covered a lot of ground and got some lovely photos too. Sorry to hear about your friend losing his place, the fires down there are awful this year.
Stay safe, hope you are enjoying your new truck.

Meagan said...

Beautiful pictures! The salt flats almot look like water! I love all the clouds too - you sure do see lots of beautiful skies!

KarenTX said...

Love seeing the "view from the road" photos. Reminds me of what a beautiful and diverse country we have. Safe travels!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Sure enjoy your pics- it makes me miss the "out west" - we used to haul horses to Medora or Idaho once or twice a year and ride! Love that Malta area - almost moved their once. Happy travels! By the way - your story on the fires a week or so ago and sending us to the blogspot - very touching thank you. I need to check back on that.

Muffy's Marks said...

Wonderful photos of your latest journeys. I get dizzy just trying to keep up with your travels. Thanks to folks like you, this great country we live in keeps on a runnin'. Safe travels.