Days 17-18: Montana

Hello from Montana! I made it into Montana 2 days ago and have been busy exploring these beautiful mountains and forests since. While the state of Wyoming likes to call itself “forever west”, Montana IS the real deal west. The state of Montana is full of a proud people backed up by a fascinating history that most times has only happened within the last 100 years or so. Everything in this state just feels different to me. I feel like as I crossed the state border, I took a step back in time. The scenery I’m seeing and the towns I’m passing through are straight out of a wild west movie. This is my first time to this state, and within the first two days I’ve realized I’ve been missing a whole lot. Montana is a state where the word “big” takes on a new meaning. I’ve been busy busy trying to snap as many pictures as I can to try and capture this huge beauty. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

-Warren

P.S.: Feedback is ALWAYS appreciated! I really enjoy hearing which of my photos capture your attention. This is very valuable feedback for me and for my future shots. Sound off below in the comments! I’m sure one of my photos stood out more than the others to you.

Pictures from Days 17-18:

Welcome to Montana

Welcome to Montana

Big Sky country

Big Sky country

The big dipper high above big sky country

The big dipper high above big sky country

Notice the cluster of stars in the right part of the picture

Notice the cluster of stars in the right part of the picture

The trail follows all the way around the lake edge

The trail follows all the way around the lake edge

 

The view straight up from my campsite

The view straight up from my campsite

Life's not bad when you're sleeping less than 200 feet from this

Life’s not bad when you’re sleeping less than 200 feet from this

I've been having fun playing with the creeks and mountain tops

I’ve been having fun playing with the creeks and mountain tops

The only gaps in the thick woods comes from creeks like this

The only gaps in the thick woods comes from creeks like this

This is bear country

This is bear country

One of the most beautiful campgrounds I've ever been too

One of the most beautiful campgrounds I’ve ever been too

Just when you get lost in the trees of the forest, a rock busts out of the ground to remind you of the mountains

Just when you get lost in the trees of the forest, a rock busts out of the ground to remind you that you’re in the mountains too

Montana pastures

Montana pastures

More of the massive pastures of Montana

More of the massive pastures of Montana

Just another day in Montana

Just another day in Montana

Mountain creeks

Mountain creeks

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Days 11-14: Idaho Cont.

Well my time in Idaho with family is coming to an end. I have to say that I really enjoyed the time I spent here for many different reasons. Spending time with family is always a plus and sleeping inside is definitely a major plus. But the call of the wild and the thrill of open country is becoming to loud for me to continue to ignore. I’m well rested and ready to embark into what I’ve been told is some of the most beautiful parts of the country. I’m excited to share with everyone some beautiful pictures in the next few days. I’ll be leaving Idaho Falls for the greater Yellowstone area, as well as the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Both of these places should hold great opportunities for some really nice pictures and camping. So it’s back on the road for me, constantly in search of a new place to sleep and an internet connection.

-Warren

Stars over Idaho Falls, the city lights even in a town of less than 100,000 have a major impact on the night sky

Stars over Idaho Falls, the city lights even in a town of less than 100,000 have a major impact on the night sky

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Double rainbow over Idaho Falls

Double rainbow over Idaho Falls

The Huffman sheds, full of all sorts of hidden toys and equipment

The Huffman sheds, full of all sorts of hidden toys and equipment

The property was first built on during the Great Depression times and has since become an incredible collection of the most unorthodox building materials. I think the saying should be, "one man's trash is another's building materials"

The property was first built on during the Great Depression times and has since become an incredible collection of the most unorthodox building materials. I think the saying should be, “one man’s trash is another man’s building materials”

Inside the car restoration shop. I was able to help finish an office inside and build a retaining wall outside for this shop

Inside the car restoration shop. I was able to help finish an office inside and build a retaining wall outside for this shop

The shop office, getting close to done

The shop office, getting close to done

All sorts of cool projects in this garage

All sorts of cool projects in this garage

Makeshift shop office

Makeshift shop office

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The Huffman Clan plus Grandma

Alexander being Alex

Alexander being Alex

Day 6: Wyoming to Idaho

Hey everyone! I just wanted to post some quick pictures from last night, late last night, and so far today. I just can’t wait any longer to share what I think might be the best pictures I’ve taken so far this adventure. I’ll have a write up of today’s travels later tonight. And lastly but most important, I’ve found a new hobby that I know I’ll never get tired of.. photographing the night sky!

Update: Day 6 for me involved driving from the Teton area of Wyoming into the Idaho Falls area. I’ve got good family that recently moved to Idaho Falls and so I figured now would be a great opportunity to stop by and say hello. The drive from Wyoming to Idaho was a very beautiful one consisting of mountains, forests, and lush green valleys. I was able to take some very awesome pictures along the way thanks to all the scenery. I hope ya’ll enjoy some of my favorite photography so far this adventure. Idaho Falls at first impression is exactly what it is, a wonderful community of some really great people. This is definitely a different part of the country that I never had the privilege of exploring before.

-Warren

Sunset over the lake and mountains

Sunset over the lake and mountains

Another angle of the sunset. I think it's so cool how the reflections in the water mirror the shapes of the mountains

Another angle of the sunset. I think it’s so cool how the reflections in the water mirror the shapes of the mountains

The milky way with only a 30 second exposure. I can't wait to try longer exposures

The milky way with only a 30 second exposure. I can’t wait to try longer exposures

Camping under the stars

Camping under the stars

Bison crossing

Bison crossing

Driving out of Wyoming over Teton Pass and into Idaho

Driving out of Wyoming over Teton Pass and into Idaho

Another day in the office

Another day in the office