Once I had a smart phone, I quickly learned that as I approached each little wide-spot-in-the-road town in western Arizona, I could get internet long enough to look the town up on Wikipedia to read about its history. Almost all the little towns along I-40 have one thing in common--they started as railroad towns. Kingman, Arizona was a stop on the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad was behind the creation of many towns. Later it became the Santa Fe RR, and now is the Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR. We have a BNSF line that runs within two miles of my house, so I see these engines from the time I leave home until halfway along my journey.
I can't remember where the above picture and the next one were taken, only that they are in my New Mexico folder. I'll have to look for these land formations this trip.
Two years ago in June the plains of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma were having a lot of rain and hail. We were very fortunate our truck didn't suffer from hail damage. We saw more than one car a dimpled hood and broken windshield. This past week, the storms in this area going east into Arkansas have included tornadoes. Lots of them. Wish us good weather by the time we go, please. No matter how interesting a picture of funnel cloud may be, I'm not sure I want to be that close to a tornado.
Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. The first three novellas in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine, A Resurrected Heart, and Her Independent Spirit, are now available. He Is a Good Man was published as part of the Lariats, Letters and Lace anthology.
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