the Missoula Adventure: Episode 3-The Storm Chaser

image8:52am Sunday, June 29, 2014

Custer , South Dakota-21 miles from Mt. Rushmore

Yesterday began in Iowa City at 7:30am and ended in Custer at 10:30 pm. Dire weather was predicted complete with hail, tornadoes and flooding. I stopped for lunch still in Iowa at 11:30am and got a call from a contractor who deleted an email he needed to make a Monday deadline. Wound up in a McDonalds just over the South Dakota border and smiled at the smelly cattle trucks that rolled in as I rolled out. It is great to see that local color is still alive.
2pm Outside Sioux Falls

The huge western sky began to go dark eggplant to the north. In big sky country, the weather is in your face and very intimidating. I know you shouldn’t pull over on the Interstate unless you really have to–but the colors were stunning and constantly evolving. churning blues, violets and greys over lime and wheat, bronze and inky forest green.

I tucked under a cement overpass along with several other cars and biked and watched the skies let loose an ocean that wailed over us for a good half hour. Then, as if there were no more tears to cry, the storm sniffled past and left a spectacular release of emotional magenta and slate tinted curls of clouds suspended like spent cocoons.
Eventually, the pinks faded as the sky settled into a subdued aftermath. The western skies are possibly the most mesmerizing thing about the vast and expanding landscape-huge, fickle, magnificent, stunning.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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