Alas, no such luck. So it's sitting on the lot in Billings where Kenworth is trying to sell it for us on consignment. Fingers crossed that someone falls in love with it.
After dropping off the truck at the dealer, we ran around town finishing up some errands, and then hit the road home. We weren't even out of Billings before I noticed some ominous looking storm clouds to the north.
Further down the highway, nearing Rosebud, another eerie column appeared to the south.
this link. She and her husband saved their home by the skin of their teeth, and from the sounds of it, were in great danger themselves.
Our friends in Roundup were not so lucky. After returning to work a few days later, our second load took us south out of Roundup down towards Billings. The road had just reopened, having been closed when the fire started crossing it a few days prior.
During the last weeks of June and beginning of July it seemed like the west was going up in smoke! Only on the road for a week, it seemed like each new day exposed another fire to our view through the windshield.
We watched this smoke rising into the sky as we loaded in Nephi, UT on July 3.
The second week out things have remained extremely hot and dry, but the air had been a lot clearer. I'm hoping that means a lot of the fires have been subdued.
In my brief time living and driving in the west, I've learned that summer time and fires go hand in hand. But this year seems so extreme. I read in a news report last week that in an average year, 80% of fires in Montana are started by lightening. But this year, of the 300 fires so far, 85% of them have been human-caused. How can people be so careless when it is so obviously and horribly dry? Most of southeast Montana is just a tinder box waiting for the right spark. In fact, having finally gotten back to work and driven around these western states, I can tell you nearly every acre out in these western states is just waiting for the right conditions to go up in smoke! Let's pray that doesn't happen!
|northwest of Forsyth, MT on July 12|