Posts Tagged "Wyoming"

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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The Rain Falls Mainly in the Plain

Posted on Jun 27, 2009 in Airstream, Places | 2 comments

The Rain Falls Mainly in the Plain

The last week was generally spent avoiding wind shears, rain storms, tornadoes, hail; you name it. Serious storms moved through the Great Plains, and I was lucky enough to drive my home right through the middle of it all! I keep a close eye on the weather with my iPhone, pay attention to weather reports, and ask the local campgrounds. So far, so good!

I slept in one state park, one Good Sam’s, one KOA, two private campgrounds, a driveway, a basement, and one Wal-Mart parking lot! I had some great barbecue in Kansas City, Kansas (yes, the Kansas side) and bought the new iPhone 3G S in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Apparently I missed Nebraska City, Nebraska. I nearly ran out of gas while searching for an open gas station in the middle of Kansas. Seriously, who closes at 8PM? I spent some time with friends in Ogallala, Nebraska and found an absolutely incredible golf course, Bayside Golf Course, just outside of town. And, finally, I spent a few days in Fort Collins, Colorado to hang out with my sister, brother-in-law, and adorable niece. Overall, I covered five Great Plains states in nine days.

This little adventure has also been a great excuse to finish my goal of golfing in every state in the Union. I found some gems in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming to reach a total of 30 states so far!

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