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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Where the buffalo roam

America is a big country and many people would prefer to drive when traveling from one side to the other... but not us. We just returned from a long road trip, racking up over 3000 miles driving from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park and back again. What a ride!

It's a shock to be back in the city. The thing that struck me most about Yellowstone and particularly the area surrounding the park is that there is so much of nothing there. At some points during the trip, we found ourselves driving down roads with absolutely no signs of life outside the car windows - no other cars, no houses, not even any power lines. And I couldn't get a signal on my cell phone! If our car would have broken down, I don't know what we would have done.

From time to time, we did see animals though - and sometimes we were too close for comfort! Herds of buffalo would wander across roads, sometimes sitting obliviously on the yellow center line. They didn't pay any attention to us and we just tried to be as inconspicuous as possible - basically if you ignore them, they will ignore you.

What a different world we experienced during the road trip. It was hard to believe we were still in the same country!

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  • A baby bison! How cute!! Can't wait to see all your photos and hear more about your trip. Sounds very refreshing.

    By Blogger Huckle Cat, at 12:13 AM  

  • It was really nice to get out of the city! A good place to visit... although I don't think I could ever live out in the middle of nowhere like that!

    By Blogger v_horizon, at 10:12 AM  

  • I visited Canada and drove a rent-a-car along the Alberta's Rockies in September 2002. This photo brings back the sweet memories of the trip.

    I couldn't meet herds of buffalo but a huge elk crossing the highway which lies between a pasture and a river. He/She was walking backward and forward across the highway to graze in the pasture or to drink some water in the river by turns. Some other drivers and I did as you did - tried to be as inconspicuous as possible.

    Here is the picture of the elk (or moose) taken by me;

    By Blogger bun, at 10:18 AM  

  • Hi bun-san,
    Wow! What a great picture. You were really close, weren't you! We were always a little scared driving at night because we've heard so many stories of people getting in accidents when they're driving and animals cross the road. But it was fun to see the animals anyway!

    By Blogger v_horizon, at 9:46 AM  

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