We have always loved traveling in the Fall. Beautiful colors, crisp clear weather, fewer crowds than during the busy summer tourist season. But this year was different from past Autumn roadtrips. Just after I snapped the typical mid-west Fall picture above (near Billings Montana) it started to snow.
And it snowed almost the entire time as we drove to Rapid City South Dakota (about 350 miles). It made for pretty drive-by pictures and the roads were mostly bare, so it wasn't really a harrowing experience. But this wasn't even the middle of OCTOBER! Fall has barely started.
We weren't completely surprised by the early Winter. The week before we left Oregon, South Dakota had suffered through a devastating and unexpected blizzard. But the weather had warmed up (we thought) by the time we left for our roadtrip.
This snow, in the Black Hills village of Lead, fell during the night while we were staying in Rapid City. We were driving around the area with our son who came from Colorado to spend a couple of days with us. We had a great visit and I will have further posts next week -- there's a lot to see in this area of SD.
But snow is such a rarity for us, our early (and we hope only) wintery pictures get their own post.