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Bisons and the Beautiful Northwest: USA Road Trip III

This is part 3 in a series of images from my recent road trip across the USA. See part 1 and part 2 here.

Here is the rest of our trip to Vancouver through the US, starting with a return to Yellowstone:

Yellowstone Bison

Nothing like volcanic streams all over the park:

Yellowstone

Yellowstone Grand Canyon

Yellowstone Grand Canyon

Yellowstone

The most surprising thing about bisons, or buffaloes, is that they are majestic and calm animals. When they first appeared on the road while we were driving through Yellowstone, after we stopped freaking out (ok, I was mainly freaking out), we realized how surprisingly peaceful these animals are. They walked right by our car, one by one, seemingly not even noticing the big blue hunk of metal that we were in, taking long slow steps and not making a sound.

Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone bison

Traffic jam in Yellowstone:

Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone bison

Something I learned while editing these images: Bison are actually quite difficult to edit for brightness. Their head is dark but their body is a light colour, so they require extra steps in editing so that they’re not too dark or too bright.

Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone bison

As if we weren’t spoiled enough with our bison encounter, the herd proceeded to cross a river and disappear into the forest on the other side.

Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone bison

That same day we resumed long-distance driving and made our way through GORGEOUS Montana, my love:

Montana landscape

Montana landscape

Montana landscape

Montana landscape

This covered wagon has seen better days. Can you imagine driving long distances on one of these?!

Montana covered wagon

Montana covered wagon

Montana gold

We stopped at another ghost town, Nevada City. It was just as creepy as Okaton because there was absolutely no one in sight for miles around, even though we were off a main Montana highway. We felt like the only people in Montana at this point.

Montana ghost town

Montana ghost town

Montana ghost town

Montana ghost town

Montana ghost town

Montana ghost town

Montana treated us to a beautiful end of the day, making me want to stay forever:

The northwest USA is OBSESSED with huckleberries:

Montana huckleberries

Idaho! Idaho is famous for its scenic byways. Here is the Lake Coeur D’Alene byway, a lush windy drive around a mountain lake:

Idaho landscape

Idaho landscape

Idaho landscape

Our last state, Washington. We spontaneously stopped in a quirky small town called Roslyn, a former mining town.

Roslyn Washington

Roslyn Washington

Roslyn Washington

 Roslyn Washington

Roslyn Washington

An 1889-era tavern:

Roslyn Washington

Roslyn Washington

Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum

5400kms later, we made it to our final destination, Vancouver.

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Thank you so much for following along with the trip!

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2 Comments

  1. Marek
    July 16, 2014 at 8:47 am — Reply

    Basia, such incredible photos, you are so talented. Thanks for sharing these, I really love the nostalgic feeling you’ve given them.

    I am getting so excited for my trip to the same areas this summer, :)

    Marek

    • July 18, 2014 at 10:25 am — Reply

      Thank you Marek! I can’t wait to see your photos and videos too!

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