Review of "Jim Reed Tornado Photo Tour" by Tempest Tours
- Review by: John Wright
- Tour Operator: Tempest Tours
- Tour: Jim Reed Tornado Photo Tour
- Year: 2008
- Rating: 5 of 5
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Tempest are a great outfit.
The 2008 Tour was billed as a 'photography tour'. It didn't disappoint.
My tour guides were Brian Morganti and Bill Reid-first class veteran chasers and as a result of their generous abundance of photo.tips I returned with wonderful photos - one made it into the IjMet magazine (2nd. place giving it centre pages) and the other won a weather site photo comp. Nothing is too much trouble for these guys and they made great and successful efforts to get us to superb storms and evening lightning shows and safety was never compromised.
Good communications with guests is absolutely vital.
Each morning we had a comprehensive briefing with overheads and questions were encouraged and answered in detail so we started off in the vans knowing where we were heading and why. If we had to hold up somewhere waiting for storm development we were told why and if that had to change we were regularly kept informed as we drove along about where we were heading and why. Brian and Bill also have a great sense of humour too- you need that on the long trips and dealing with all sorts of personalties.
The accommodation was,in almost every case excellent,there\'s always going to be the odd occasion when you sometimes have to take what\'s available in a small town but that\'s comparing all places to the likes of Super 8s (my favorite stop overs) and there wasn't always a Super8 around but that's part of the experience too. There was never a feeling of being isolated and being unaware of what was going on.
I\'m already booked for next year. 2010.
If you're thinking about Tempest-stop thinking and book it and be part of a great experience
John Wright. (UK)