The Drive -
|John Day Dam, Oregon, windmills on the hillside|
|Haystacks and farms, Idaho|
With both of us driving in shifts, the long drive would not be strenuous we thought. Our plan was to check into a motel by midnight, catch some sleep and hit the road after breakfast. While Portland is green and dotted with trees, as we headed towards South-east Oregon, the landscape gradually turned dry and grassy. The zig-zag roads with hairpin curves through the Columbia Gorge soon made way for roads along the dry scrubland of Oregon high desert.
|Potato fields with sprinklers turned on, Idaho|
Day-1 at Yellowstone-
|Entered the bison territory aka Yellowstone|
|First Sighting, Bison herd by the river|
Hardly a mile later, we pulled over again, this time for an elk that had stopped by to welcome us.
Further along the drive, white mist seemed to be rising from the ground, sure enough the next board read "Fountain Paint Pot". With a name so inviting, we had to take a look. There was a loop trail of around half a mile. So we sauntered along the boardwalk, clicking pictures of colorful geo-thermal features. The odor of sulphur was a constant feature all through the geyser basin.
|Our tent nestled behind trees|
To be continued...
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