These photos are from Battle Ground, IN and the Tippecanoe battle field. One day, while visiting Indiana, I decided to try and meet up with a cousin that lives in Tennessee. We had not seen each other in close to 40 years, and since we were on the same side of the Mississippi River, I figured it was worth a try. Tanya, Buddy and I got in the Charger and headed south. A couple of hours later we came upon a sign that suggested we were close to Battle Ground and Tippecanoe. Since I can not resist visiting historical sites, a detour was made.
Tippecanoe really surprised me in that it is not very large. To imagine a battle taking place in such a small area left me with the impression that it must have been pretty intense. We attempted to visit neighboring Prophetstown, but there was an entry gate so you could pay to get in and the girl at the gate seemed more interested in chatting it up than collecting fees and letting people pass. After 10 or 15 minutes of waiting, and a quick Google image search, we decided to turn around and continue on our journey.
Thursday, we woke up somewhere around Oklahoma City. This was day five of our trip and I was contemplating washing the car to attract some rain. I watched the weather channel and their storm chaser was having the same luck as I, so I could not feel too bad. I had to make a decision, go north into Kansas or go northeast into Arkansas and Missouri. The forecast looked a little more promising east but one thing I learned was that they are not very good at forecasting them more than an hour or so ahead of time.
We headed east into Arkansas. These photos were taken in Needmore, Dardanelle, Russellville and the Ozark National Forest. Turns out I made the right decision. Things were going to get exciting at the top of the Ozarks. Unfortunately, it is difficult to shoot and drive in a severe thunderstorm, so not much in the way of photos. I might find a video to put up later.
Since the weather was not cooperating in Utah, we thought we would try to make it to the Valley of Fire in Nevada for sunset. It was a great idea, and we were there on time, but the clouds had only grown worse. Luckily, I-70 in Utah is a beautiful drive. These photos were taken in the San Rafael Reef area of Utah, which was a big uranium mining area in the 1950’s.