I am not going to apologize for what will be the next long set of photographs. There was no way to capture this next part of our journey without multiple pictures and even with them, I cannot capture the full scope of this landscape or the sheer size of the country that we’re passing through.
This is cowboy country. This is the land of large plains and cattle grazing and long, long mountain ranges and deer and antelope and moose and elk. And did I mention cows and horses and sheep. The ducks fly above en masse heading west to California. Buffalo wander together in large herds up steep mountainsides.
This is just a vast, vast view of nature with every drive a panoramic of epic proportions. No photos have quite captured this. AND the quiet! Especially now that we’ve reached the snow. It just settles over everything and glitters in the sunlight but makes everything so still and pristine. I think that’s the general theme of it all- vast, quiet and pristine.
We have driven from South Dakota through the Black Hills and then along the plains of North East Wyoming and Montana and across and South slightly to Yellowstone. We hit snow in Montana and a wicked flurry which iced the roads and sent our trailer swerving at one point (we ran it into snow to slow it down which incidentally worked very well).
I can’t even begin to describe all of this, so behold the numerous photos that follow.
South Dakota and Black Hills:
North-East Wyoming and Montana:
Heading North in Montana: