four years ago today [2012.09.11]
i checked out bighorn canyon national recreation area on my way back into wyoming. near one of the bends in the river, i tried to fly my kite to take some aerial photos, though the winds were too rough and threw the kite all around and onto the rocky ground. stubbornly, thinking the wind would change, i kept trying and ended up breaking a spar. i spent the night east of yellowstone near the buffalo bill dam. i never knew there was a dam or reservoir there.. it was nice discovering interesting places and memorable people along the journey. i remember the guy who worked at the visitor center being friendly and telling me about the buffalo in yellowstone when i said i was on my way there.
the detour to zig-zag from devil's tower to yellowstone via north dakota ended up taking an extra day and just about a whole tank of gas. this trip was back when gas was hovering close to or well over $4 a gallon depending where you were. some may wonder if it's worth spending a whole day driving and nearly $100 in gas just to briefly see an extra state when you don't know what you'll find, though it's all part of the adventure.. yes, perhaps some parts of the trip may not have been as exciting as others, though it's really how we're perceiving it. one could find beauty anywhere should one allow oneself to.