Shelley and I awoke in Gillette, Wyoming on day fifteen of the trip hoping to spend time at both Devils Tower National Monument and Badlands National Park. Shelley had previously been to Devils Tower National Monument, whereas I had not. We both have spent time in Badlands National Park on previous trips out west. This would be our last day of sightseeing for this trip, prior to stopping to see family in Iowa before heading home to Kansas City.
Day fourteen began in Great Falls, Montana with Shelley and I hoping to make it down near Devils Tower National Monument for the evening. Little did we know that almost every road between Great Falls and Billings, Montana was being totally rebuilt. Had we known-the Interstate from Greats Falls to Butte to Billings would have been a lot faster.
Shelley and I awoke on the morning of day thirteen in the Fox hotel in Banff, Canada. There was one thing that I still wanted to see prior to leaving Banff and beginning our journey home, and that was the Bow River Falls. So, with that in mind we loaded up the vehicle, checked out of the hotel and made our way through town to the falls.
The morning of day twelve we awoke in the Fox Hotel near the heart of Banff, Canada. Shelley and I planned to travel back north into Banff National Park, with the hopes of seeing Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and a leisurely drive down the Bow Pass Parkway back to Banff. Banff National Park was Canada’s first National Park and it was founded in 1885.
Once more our company of four started out from the cabin in West Glacier, Montana into Glacier National Park. Our goal was to make it to Logan Pass as our first stop on this, our second and final day in Glacier National Park.
Day eight began in Bozeman, Montana at our friends’ home. The plan was to travel together up to West Glacier, Montana where the four of us would rent a cabin for three nights and two days. This being the eighth day on Shelley and I’s journey into the west, we were in need of provisions. One of the provisions was a battery charger for a point-and-shoot camera that we carry for logging the GPS locations along the way. This necessitated a trip to the local photography store in downtown Bozeman. F11 Photographic Supply is definitely a place that could consume a great deal of money, if you do not have will power, then again what photography store wouldn’t the same effect.
This was the last morning at the cabin in Idaho. Shelley and I awoke and began packing to leave for our next destination. On this day we would be finishing up Yellowstone National Park and making our way to Bozeman, Montana. The cabin was a great way to stay near Yellowstone and we look forward to staying with them again.
Shelley and I awoke again to the breathtaking view at the cabin west of Yellowstone near Island Park, Idaho. Day six of the journey was our last full day in Yellowstone National Park. And we still had a lot to cover. This was to be yet another long day, as it turned out it was even longer than we hoped, lasting into the early morning hours of Day Seven.
We started day five in Idaho at a lovely cabin perched on a mountainside over-looking a valley. Day five was the first full day that would be devoted to Yellowstone National Park. Little did we know that when we started out we would actually see more than we had planned. This was one of the few places on the trip that we kept moving and photographing from sunup to sundown. That's not to say that we didn't photograph a lot of things during the rest of the trip.
Day four started out in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with a Chevy Tahoe that no longer had a spare tire. This being just four days into our journey, we knew that going forward without a spare could prove to be a problem. The tire change on the wild horse loop had already cut into the trip and caused us to lose an afternoon in Grand Teton National Park....
In late August and early September, Shelley and I set out on a Great American road trip. We left our home base in Parkville, Missouri and headed west. The plan was a scouting trip for future trips. We stayed with friends along the way and also made some new ones. Photography trips are more about the journey for me then the final destination. Shelley and I could not narrow down what places we wanted to see on the trip. In fact, the list of National Parks and attractions seems to have grown far beyond what we both thought that we could see in the limited two-week time period....