Slowly Trudging across the USA

Whew! I have a hint for you: don’t travel east the day the time springs forward, especially with someone who’s a slow starter in the morning. Today has been long, and we’re still 2 hours from our destination for the night. Vacations are fun!

We took the northern route, via I40. It’s mostly under construction. Lots of stopping next to big trucks. I’m very glad I’m a patient traveler.

Plums. Or pears.

I’ve enjoyed the scenery a lot. Much of yesterday I looked at so many beautiful wild plums. Or pears? I didn’t get close enough. Maybe it was both. They bloom such a short period of time, I felt lucky.

More plums. Or pears.

At the Arkansas welcome station I got to see pretty pansies, too.

Pansies just make me happy.

The best scenery, though, were dogs up for adoption we saw when we stopped for lunch. I got lots of great ideas for MTOL there. They had a storefront donated to them so adoption days are good in all weather. And they have their own van.

Pet adoption.
Puppies!

Today all the trees were pink or red. I think it’s red maples. They are subtle but beautiful in the sun.

Hard to see but that’s them.

The worst part of today was driving through the area east of Nashville, Tennessee. The tornado damage from last week’s huge storms went on for miles. I’ve seen a lot, and this is the most damage I’ve ever seen from one system. I couldn’t bear to take pictures; I felt so sad for the people there.

Violet and teeny field pansies

The Tennessee welcome station had a river, violets, and tiny field pansies. I love both of those!

Rest stop view. Nice.

Then came all the slowdowns. At least the last one was in the middle of the mountains, and I could roll down the windows and listen to the river rapids.

Roadside rapids.

It just goes to show you that even traffic jams can be interesting. It’s all in your attitude!

More field pansies. I like them