End of the Trip
This evening, with some regrets, I posted the last photo from a trip to Yellowstone. The regrets are twofold; that I don't have more to share and that I didn't complete two objectives while I was there. It just means I have to go back, I guess.
The last photo is the night before flying home. I arrived in Salt Lake City just before sunset and had an opportunity to capture the city, clouds, and mountains at just the right time to get the incredible sunset colors that Salt Lake City enjoys many nights every year. It really was a fantastic sight but getting a decent shot of the city, with the mountains in the background is, unfortunately, kind of difficult. There is only one spot that really offers the right view and there is a fence blocking it from the average person's point of view but you can hoist your camera to arm's length over the fence to get a shot. It makes getting a long exposure nearly impossible with conventional equipment. This shot was good enough for me and I think captured the incredible sunsets that Salt Lake City enjoys more evenings than not.
So, since this concludes all the photos (most likely) from the Yellowstone trip, what's next? Well, I have trips during this year for business but I plan to tack on some extra days for all of them. I'm hoping to squeeze in Budapest, Hong Kong, and a waterfall in India not far from where I have to go there. In addition to those places I have plans for Iceland and Hawaii this year. Hawaii and Iceland are definite this year and I'm pretty confident the extra hops/visits should be doable this year as well. I also plan to revisit the Grand Tetons this year in late August or early September (before the snow really starts) but that trip is less definite right now. The plan is to do a whirlwind four-day weekend trip to capture photos I missed last year in the Tetons and Idaho. I just need to pay for airfare, a rental car, and one night in a hotel. The other nights will be in the car or in a tent (preferably above 10,000' if all goes to plan). If all does go to plan then I have a really busy spring and summer ahead of me in terms of travel because by the time late September hits, the only place I plan to travel to is Boston a couple of times.
By the way, I recommend that everyone does this because it's kind of fun to look at once in a while. I keep a map on the wall in my home office with pins of all the places I've been in US and outside. Before the trip to Yellowstone, I'd never been to the interior west of the country. There was a giant bare spot between Dallas, Texas and pretty much all points west of there until the coast of California. After the trip to Yellowstone, I have to admit that I felt a great sense of satisfaction to stick pins in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. If you don't have one I'd recommend doing it.
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