Thursday, June 16, 2011

Constant Catch-up

No. Not "Constant Ketchup". That is an idea I had while my friend James was eating a corn dog at lunch during my first year of college.

What I am alluding to, friends, is the seemingly never ending game of catch-up one plays upon coming back home from a weekend road trip where you are in the car more than you are out of the car. We all still feel like we are moving.

This past weekend, Heather, my mom, Duncan, and I went to South Dakota for my grandpa's 90th birthday/family reunion. 90 YEARS OLD! He assures me he stopped ridding a horse last year. I can't say I entirely believe him. We also celebrated my grandma's 85th seven months early. Happy birthday to them both.

While we were in South Dakota, we got to see what 150,000 cubic feet per second looks like as it juggernauts through release gates at the Oahe Dam. I'm not able to bring to words what a powerful experience that was to see first hand, so I will just show you a video.

Yeah. Powerful.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Oahe Dam, it is one of many dams that are on the mighty Missouri river. This release, and others, are responsible for the flooding in Pierre/Ft. Pierre, Omaha, and many other places down stream.

As you might expect, the flooding impacted our traveling routes significantly. Traveling to South Dakota we experienced two detours (one was caused by a wreck near St. Joe, MO). Coming back home we had one long detour around Omaha/Council Bluffs.

A quick PSA for highway travel in areas where the Missouri river makes its path. You will be detoured, in some cases for hours, from your chosen route. Allow for extra time, pack plenty of water and snacks, and if you think you need to use the restroom, find a rest area immediately. Don't wait.

That being said, we got home safe and exhausted from our travels are are now playing the catch-up game.

Hope you are all having a fun summer.

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