It has been almost two months since moving from the Southwest to the Midwest. And the move started out with quite the monsoon storm in Arizona!
Traveling north on I-17 through a monsoon storm was beyond nerve-wracking. Watching the moving truck my husband was driving swaying and the trailer he was pulling with my vehicle fish-tailing was the scariest driver ever on that freeway. Over the 29 years of living in Arizona I had traveled that stretch of interstate many times and had never been so afraid.
On the second full day of driving we stopped in Greensburg, Kansas. Greensburg was completely destroyed by a F5 tornado in 2007. The town decided to rebuild and to rebuild green. We walked around town and saw some of the buildings that we had seen in the tv documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. There are still areas that you can see where there was originally a building with only the foundation remaining and other buildings with partial walls and stairs that still stand.
On the final day of the move we were in Kansas and Kansas really didn’t want us to leave! We had only been on the road for about 15 or 20 minutes when my husband was motioned that something was wrong. He stopped and I continued on as I didn’t see him pull off the freeway. We had trouble with the straps staying on the front wheels of my vehicle and he thought that was the problem. We called U-Haul and they sent us to the nearest dealer. They said they weren’t suppose to do any repairs, however, the manager immediately called U-Haul to see if they could get permission to replace the tire and get us on the road. Sure enough, they had us back on the road in about 45 minutes! If you ever are near Newton, Kansas and are in need of an auto repair shop, we can highly recommend R Pro Tire!
We were then back on the road and headed to a place that has been on my bucket list for a few years. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, Kansas.. We were less than 20 miles from the preserve and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of at least stopping for short visit. I can hardly wait to go back and spend a few days photographing this beautiful landscape.
And finally shortly before sunset we crossed the state line into Iowa!