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Asperatus and storm clouds

The other day, someone made a comment about a photo I had posted on Google+. It was of a cloud formation that I had seen in North Dakota or Montana. They informed me that the photo was of the newly named Asperatus variety. She sent me a link to a Youtube video and a website that is all about cloud appreciation. I was surprised that the clouds were something new because I saw them all across the country when I was following storms. I soon recognized that when I saw them, some very foul weather was to follow. I noticed them during my last journey across the northern part of the country and I discovered I could spot a storm coming before the National Weather Service.

These photos are of cloud formations from Arizona to Lake Michigan to Yellowstone National Park and everywhere in between.

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Photos from the Beartooth Mountains and Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

After leaving Red Lodge we headed on towards the Beartooth Mountains. Since I had not been driving and had never visited this part of the country, I believed my cousin when he told me we were in the Tetons. It wasn’t until that night, when I brought out a map that I realized where we really were. Shortly after crossing the border into Wyoming we found ourselves on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. There was no question that as far as scenery was concerned, our trip had just been bumped up a couple levels.

A viewing tip; try using the “Slideshow” link. When you click it you will see the photo ID and a couple icons. Click the one on the far right as this will give you the full scree mode. It is faster viewing and you will be able to enjoy the full effect.

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Little Big Horn and Red Lodge Ales

Day four of our journey began in Miles City and a beautiful morning. The storm clouds looked fantastic and made for great photos. As we headed across on I-94 I spotted a sign for the Little Big Horn battleground, so we made our first detour of the day. The signs were not very accurate, but due to another u-turn we soon came upon it. One thing my cousin and I both noticed was how solemn people seemed to be there.

As we came into Billings my cousin asked if I had even been inside a Cabela’s Sporting Goods store. As I had not, he insisted that we go in one and urged me to bring my camera. Very cools displays and great taxidermy. After leaving there we headed to Red Lodge which is at the foot of the Beartooth mountains. We stopped at Sam’s Taproom for a sampler plate of their brews and I was not disappointed. Very nice beers indeed.

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