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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Great Road Trip of 2015

Since I had visited it mid-day back in 2011, I had been wanting to get back and shoot the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone during the golden hours. I just hadn’t found the opportunity. I was on my way to Glacier National Park and figured I needed to stop somewhere on the 16 hour drive so why not make that spot Yellowstone? I hadn’t really spent any significant time in the park and it’s really been more or less a few drive-bys or brief day trips from Jackson and without immersion.

As I pulled in to the Artist Point parking lot under smokey skies from a nearby wildfire, a light drizzle began to fall. This was definitely not what I had envisioned. Along with a two buses of Japanese tourists, I sat at the overlook sipping on some recently acquired Pakos from the Snake River Brewery in Jackson. I wore one raincoat while my set up camera was covered with the other as I waited for some colors. In between waves of rain, I shot what I could before packing it up to go make dinner and sleep in the parking lot. Just as I got back to the car, the skies opened up with a downpour.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

I pulled up the forecast and it was set to be cloudy and drizzle for the next 24 hours, diminishing my chances of a good sunrise that I was planning on. “Screw it,” I thought. “The more miles I get in tonight, the less I have to do to get to Glacier tomorrow.” A couple bear sightings later, I was in Mammoth Hot Springs on the Montana border and headed north in the torrential rain.

It was a rough start to the trip, but hopefully Montana would be nicer…

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