These couple of days throughout the road trip were probably my favorite by far. Cold weather, mountains, the wild, and just my three friends and I hitting the road. Endless driving with good music and just being in awe of our surroundings. We landed in South Dakota late at night and pulled into a hotel on the side of the road to get some shut eye and a shower before heading back on the road in the morning. Nothing felt better then crawling into a bed at that moment.
When we woke up we headed for the Badlands, it’s a park with these most amazing rock formations that kind of look like the tops of caves, but growing up instead of down. We were one of the only cars in the park all morning and the animals were just waking up (i’m guessing) and getting out to eat some breakfast. We came across some deer and some mountain goats just hanging out by the side of the road, you’d think we’ve never been to a zoo before. The basin of these hills went on for ever and the roads that curved through these peaks were amazing to drive through!
After we left there we were headed for Mt. Rushmore. I never thought that I would be going to see these sculptures because I never found any real interest in it. It’s American and all but it’s just some faces carved into rocks.. right? Yeah, I was right but it was something completely different in the experience of walking up to see them. Thinking of how long the artist must have taken to pick away at these mountain sides to create some smooth faces.
After that we grabbed some food and hit the road.. again! That day was a wicked busy day, we had cut a day off our schedule and were heading for the second one on our way to Bozeman. Wyoming was pretty, we saw the first group of snowcapped mountains on our trip, and lots of red rocks throughout the farmlands. I wish I could tell you more of what happened here but the next thing I remember is waking up in a strange house with a loss of pride and feeling of shame I wasn’t ready to accept.
But anyways, with my headache and upset stomach we headed into Bozeman after meeting Eva’s friend Matt. Matt was the one who let us crash in his home, really awesome guy! He knew everybody in the town and his house was pretty much designed with his hands. Earlier in the morning I wandered around while everybody was asleep and the room that I was in had at least 40 ski resort maps on the wall (awesome idea by the way) and in the living room he had little jars with soil from places he’s traveled all over the world (also, a really awesome idea!)
After grabbing some food (that I had to leave behind due to upsetting reasons) we went on to our next national park, Yellowstone! It was unbelievable! The hot springs we went to go see reeked of rancid ass, but I would kill to go back to see them! The buffalo just walked along the cars on the road and we even got to miss seeing wolves, but only by a few minutes apparently! – LAMESAUCE – Also, we got to go into some hot springs! Something I’ve always wanted to do! We drove down to the parking lot and briskly changed into our suits and made the half mile hike down to the river. As we came to the spot we could smell the sulfur again, exciting! The hot springs poured down the entire side of the mountain in an underground spring, and emptied out into the freezing river. So when both collided it created this wonderful bath of jetted hot water. I could’ve stayed in there forever, can’t wait to go back to one!
Suffice to say, those couple of days were something I’ll always remember! I would keep writing but I wanted you guys to stay long enough to check out the pictures I took! They’re a little scattered in order but that’s okay. I hope you enjoy looking at them at least half as much as I enjoyed taking them!