Our tornado close-up

Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Mt Rushmore KOA

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Monday, July 13, 2009

We left the racetrack a couple days ago and made it to western Iowa last night next to the Missouri River.  I caught 4 small mouth bass in a lake we were camping beside.  Today we headed up and into South Dakota on our way to Mt. Rushmore.  On the way we noticed these very dark clouds building in the distance with lots of lightning.  It seemed like our highway drove right into this storm but we kept driving.  The storm rapidly got worse with heavy hail and rain and a tornado forming right before our eyes.  We couldn't believe it.  I was excited...Amanda was a little scared, but luckily a gas station appeared and we drove under the cover at the pumps to save the windows on the camper from the huge hail.  Lots of people were running inside the gas station just as the tornado touched down....so we dove inside for cover.  I got some great photos though and it passed over us in a few minutes.
After a few more minutes it was sunny and we watched the storm move out over the grass plains of South Dakota.  We are at Mt Rushmore for the night now and are heading out towards Yellowstone Park tomorrow.  More big thunder storms here tonight.  At least we are not in a tent.
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