Matt H

Review of "Tour #1" by Extreme Tornado Tours

General review

I gotta say this was the best adventure I've been on in my life. If you've ever seen the movie's just like that minus the maps because they on our phones and laptops. We got to chase storms from West Kansas down to the West Texas oil fields and to Southern Oklahoma along the Red River. Here's a few of the things our tour got to see: storms forming off of the Rocky Mountains, the Twistex Memorial in El Reno, The Big Texan Steak Ranch & Brewery, supercells, Orphan Anvils, Hail-cores, Dust Devils, Prairie Dogs, a Rattlesnake, lots of lightning, the Red River, etc. One of the best things that came out of the trip was the camaraderie among the tour guests and guides. A lot of us formed friendships that didn't end with the trip. I could tell by the end of the first day that I was going to come back for another tour. I will caution those going on the trip for the first time that you won't see tornadoes every day (if you do consider yourself very lucky). Mother Nature is unpredictable and can change very quickly. We covered a lot of miles just to position ourselves for storms and sometimes it worked out and sometimes it didn't. Our tour didn't get our tornadoes until the end of our tour which was the highlight to cap-off our trip.

Vehicle review:

Our vans were in good shape and took us all over KS, OK, and TX with no issues. Seats were comfortable for with plenty of space and they even had plugins in the back to charge our phones & laptops.

Tour guide review:

I was very happy with our Tour Director Nick Drieschman, and guides Ashley, Blake, and Kevin. They made safety a priority with a system set up for getting out of the vans while observing severe weather. Anytime we had questions about weather, or the storms we were chasing they were more than happy to answer them. As someone who puts together Fishing, Kayaking, and Mountain Biking trips all over the country I can appreciate the hard work that Nick, Ashley, Blake, and Kevin put into this trip. It's not easy doing what they do, especially when Mother Nature decides to throw us a curve ball. There were storms that didn't produce tornadoes, but they ended up putting storms that had spectacular views of supercells, lightning, hail, and monsoon-like rains.

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