Today was an extremely windy day in the Tri-Cities. Having lived in New York, I’ve learned to dodge many things while driving or walking around – pot holes, taxi cabs, pedestrians, bullets, etc. In West Virginia I learned to dodge deer, partridges, and other wild animals. Not once did I ever have to dodge tumbleweed.
This is a skill I acquired here. Driving home from church on the highway was an adventure. When tumbleweed the size of a small Toyota come at you your instinct is to get out of the way. A car in front of us had not quite gotten a handle on this skill and had to pull over because the darn got stuck in front of his car.
We did manage to make it safely home, but I had to go out again. The parking lot of Wal-Mart proved to be training ground again. Coming out of the store, I had to dodge one heading for my head. The good news is that I went into my survival mode and was able to quickly duck.
If you ever come to Tri-Cities and it’s a windy day, do use caution when driving or walking. Watch out for flying tumbleweeds.
© Nadine Z. 2007