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Wild Wild West

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 in Airstream, National Parks, Places | 2 comments

Wild Wild West

I grew up in Montana, but spent the latter half of my life in the Chicago area. Apparently I had forgotten the vast rawness of the western part of the US. Seriously, other than the highway itself, it felt like man had never stepped foot into many of the scenic byways of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Dakotas.

As I drove through the eastern side of Yellowstone in Wyoming, the steam from geysers melted the snow-covered timbers burned from a previous wildfire, boulders tumbled down the sheer granite cliffs, bison and elk grazed steps away. I spent several nights on public land, boondocking miles away from modern civilization. I went up and over so many rugged mountain passes, I felt like a sherpa. It was a climate-controlled, leather-bound, front-row seat to an unforgettable experience!

I just wish the weather would have cooperated. The last month has been some of the most nasty, most dreary, most unpleasant weather of the last year. Many of my photographs just didn’t capture the natural beauty of the West.

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Dugway Recreation Site near Sinclair, Wyoming
Dugway Recreation Site near Sinclair, Wyoming
Thornburg Draw in Colorado
Thornburg Draw in Colorado
Dugway Recreation Site near Sinclair, Wyoming
Dugway Recreation Site near Sinclair, Wyoming
Antelope, a very familiar site across Wyoming
Antelope, a very familiar site across Wyoming
Nap time!
Nap time!
“Not So” Grand Tetons with bad weather
“Not So” Grand Tetons with bad weather
Elk in Yellowstone
Elk in Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Obligatory shot of Old Faithful
Obligatory shot of Old Faithful
Yellowstone in June
Yellowstone in June
Buffalo Bill Dam
Buffalo Bill Dam
Buffalo Bill Dam
Buffalo Bill Dam
Bighorn National Forest
Bighorn National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
A different view of Mount Rushmore
A different view of Mount Rushmore
Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial
Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial

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