Almost 3,000 Miles

Jun 16th 2010: Travel

Hanging out in a borders in Bozeman, hiding from the rain I finally have a minute to reflect. The last few days have been insane and overwhelming. I got to know the car and it’s quirks well and there were a few times I was worried about it breaking down, but it stubbornly held up and I started to really appreciate the Subaru reliability. If it came this far without problems, it’ll go a bit further. To New York I hope.

But even just in a few days, there has been so much to see. Banff and Jasper are just beautiful national parks with tall mountains, plenty forest, glaciers, and amazing turquoise lakes. Because of the northern locations, the daylight lasts until past 11pm allowing to experience so much in so little time.

There were bears by the side of the street, a whole family once came out and just ate flowers next to the road. We saw moose (maybe Elks?), mountaing goats, cranes, and plenty if other wildlife.

The landscape changes with every few hundred miles. Stopping in several towns in Montana then provided a very different set of experiences. Whitefish had a farmers market with live music, packed with people, and was generally a very cute town. Deers Lodge on the other hand was a scary place you wouldn’t want to set foot in. The whole place had the feeling of a bad back alley with anti-Meth murals and boarded up houses. And then there was Butte which turned out to be a huge mining town with old towers everywhere, right in the middle of the town, and all over. If the weather hadn’t been so bad I could have stayed there for days shooting photos. This was the fascinating kind of place I was hoping for when embarking on this roadtrip. But there will be more. Now, at the outskirts of Bozeman, a college town, I’m curious to see what more diversity Montana has to offer. And then it’s off to Yellowstone tomorrow.

I wish I had more photos to share from this amazing trip so far, but they are all trapped on the S90’s flash card. I think I might invest in a cheap netbook to handle the digital backup. Until then it’s iPhone (I lost my “real” digital camera and the MacBook after a car break-in in Vancouver). And film of course. The Leica is working like a charm and with the ever changing surroundings, all the new subjects, a real joy to use.

As the odometer is about to hit 3,000 miles and I need to think of getting my first oil change, I finally feel that I’m truly and undeniably and very happily on the road and more stoked than ever for what is still to come.

PS: I recommend reading “Travels with Charley: in Search of America” by John Syeinbeck to get your road trip fever on. Great companion book.

Posted in Travel by Ernst Bruening on June 16th, 2010 at 8:35 pm.

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