STORM CHASING USA 2011

Distance driven today: 863kms | Total so far: 17716kms

Continuing the long journey back to LA. Denver was the starting point and aesthetically is a city I'm impressed with, particularly as it is flanked by the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

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Snow was the last thing I expected to see on a storm chasing holiday, but this year produced one of the biggest snow seasons in the country's history. So there was plenty about, even with the onset of summer.

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Considering the time of year, I thought I'd seen plenty of snow already. Apparently, that was nothing! I stopped around Vail Pass - elevation 10000ft:

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I continued on through a living landscape of cascading waterfalls, deep canyons and raging rivers.

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Unfortunately, many areas of the US, particularly around the Mississippi River, are experiencing bad flooding already. Record snow falls will do little to help as they melt and find their way through the river systems.

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The wet green landscape eventually gave way to barren but iron-rich orange desertscapes, as Colorado slipped by into Utah.

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Near Green River, Utah a sign read "no services for 106mi" as I approached Black Dragon Canyon.

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It was now that magic hour where I wanted to stop every five minutes and get photos.

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I kept driving on into the night until I could bear it no more. I stopped at 863kms after a sign to a town called Beaver proved utterly irresistable.