On-The-Road Epilogue # 1 – The Weather And Landscape.

My 6,000 mile roadtrip through the South and Southwest had many goals and unattainable expectations. But, I have learned from experience that having unattainable expectations is far superior to having none at all. I have many planned epilogue posts coming that will give you more details of the effect this trip had on me and my future plans. I need time to more fully develop my thoughts about the trip, so they will not be coming out in a sequential order, but will be interspersed with some of my usual post topics. Let’s start off with a few things that were immediately obvious.

The weather

The South and especially the Southwest are hot, dry and windy places. To this old Midwestern boy those three things are kinda like what I imagine hell to be like. 😎 I hope I don’t offend my southern friends with this glaring statement. People who have lived there most of their lives, including my older brother, are used to those conditions, but I am not. I like it that nighttime temps get down into the 60s and 50s even in the summer. Anything over 100 degrees is suffocating to me. Yes, there was a difference between the Florida heat and the Arizona heat, but they were both HOT.


Everything in the South is “sort of green”. But it is a very muted green compared to the land north of the Mason-Dixon line. Here, the Spring greens are vibrant. Much of the South, and particularly the Southwest, have many road signs declaring this creek or river. Although, I never saw any water in them! They were nothing but dry gulches. Yeah, I know flash flooding is common a couple of times a year, and that is where the water goes during those times, but that isn’t enough for them to be deemed a river.

They call that brown stuff grass

Grass and Trees

I love trees and green grass. The variety of trees that we have in the northern States is astounding. My old homestead of 21 years was surrounded by many mighty oaks, colorful maple, poplar, cherry, apple, walnut, and birch trees. The Southwest landscape was dominated by small gnarly bushy thing called mesquite trees. I wouldn’t call them trees at all. I guess when they are burned they add a unique flavor to barbecued meat, but that’s about it. My Midwestern trees provide wood for lumber, and are a joy to see in the Spring and colorful Fall months. They were a pain to pickup off the lawn in the Fall, but even that makes for some wonderful compost for future years’ veggie gardens.

These reasons are enough to make me want to stay in the Midwest. Given that global warming will not be slowing down anytime soon, the South will do nothing but get hotter and drier in the coming years. By the same effect, the Midwest’s winter will become milder and less icy and snow. From that standpoint alone, I am sure I am where I belong.

6 thoughts on “On-The-Road Epilogue # 1 – The Weather And Landscape.

  1. As we say in Arizona — its a DRY heat. (But so is a blast furnace.) I write this from Minnesota, where we spend our summers and it is green, green, green.

    So I get it. Looking forward to hearing more of your recent adventures!


    1. I love green, especially now that I see so many that don’t have it. But, you kinda traded HOT for mosquitos. I spent quite a few vacations in Ely Minnesota and almost got kidnapped by giant mosquitos every time. 🥴


      1. Yes. The MN state bird is the mosquito. But it is still nice in the Midwest this time of year.

        It is always good to check out the “other side of the fence” as it makes us appreciate our side of the fence.


  2. Over the years, I’ve lived in California (although Northern, so not quite as hot all year) and visited AZ a fair number of times (we love Sedona). The Midwest is home for me, too, and all the things you listed resonate. It’s easier to put on another layer of clothing than to feel like you’ll surely expire once you’re down to your birthday suit. LOL.

    Every season has its pleasures, with the possible exception of the frigid weeks with ice storms and the like that freeze us in place. And from now until January, I’m happy to stay put. We are discussing going to warmer weather for a bit next winter which we haven’t done since Covid. But even a couple weeks will tide me over to spring in the Midwest, which is pretty unbeatable in my book. And now it’s strawberry season. Nothing better.

    I look forward to more of your trip posts.


    1. Thanks for the thoughts Laurel. Yeah, taking a week or two in Florida or Arizona in January does sound enticing. But, as you say, except for the occasional ice and snow here in southern Indiana, I have found that this is the place that calms my soul. I need more than my share of calming. 😊

      btw. I loved your birthday suit comment…


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