Heimhenge wrote:Well I grew up in the middle of the Midwest (Wisconsin). When we traveled west from there, we didn't really feel like we were in the "west" until the terrain and flora started changing ... somewhere in the Dakotas. But Wiki disagrees with that:
I took a road trip from southern California to Illinois almost exactly a decade ago (May 2009), and remarked on how suddenly different everything looked when we hit Iowa. Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado all looked like they could be anywhere in the inland deserts and/or mountains of California, and Nebraska looked like it could have been any stretch of farm country in the Central Valley (of California) except for the lack of any mountains in the distance, but when we hit Iowa suddenly there's... green, lush lawn in the median of the highway? What? I mean in springtime around here things get green for a while even just along the roadsides but it's tall wild grasses and wildflowers and chaparral, not just this short, dense grass that looks like someone waters it every day. It was really clear how much more it must rain back there than it does anywhere west of there.