Our trip of 26 days and 4,079 miles was a wonderful experience: We were in awe of the beauty we discovered. Sometimes the wild isolation of special places provided humbling moments of deep solitude and personal contemplation.
POLLY: Last fall I knew the time had come for me to visit some of the great national parks of the west. I urged Wayne to accompany me but he declined; he especially enjoys activities here in Indianapolis. I then asked my best friend, Martie Davis (known to some as Martha), and it was no surprise that she accepted with great enthusiasm! For years Martie has been intrigued by the western parks, especially Glacier National Park. She is an avid reader and her deep knowledge of the areas we visited greatly enhanced our trip, which we have labeled Number One (Stay Tuned‼).
Our trip focused on three primary destinations: Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park (mostly) in Wyoming and Glacier National Park in Montana. Thanks to Martie’s clever navigation and planning we enjoyed visits to a number of additional National Park Service sites including the following:
- Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa,
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota,
- Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota,
- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Memorial in Montana,
- Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana,
- Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming.
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
MARTIE: I am a perpetual student of photography; I typically produce a prolific output of images in order to study different imaging techniques. On this first trip to the National Parks of the west I took a significant number of photos that were completely accidental and easy to eliminate! About half of the remaining photos represented my experimental output – the work of the perpetual student! I really enjoyed exploring different image perspectives, lenses and other creative techniques that I had learned in the classroom but had never implemented. The parks we visited were ideal places that permitted this type of exploration! Polly and I reviewed the photos that eventually rose to the top selecting the best of the best to exhibit here. (aside, Polly: I know you will be stunned by some of the photos we have selected for you to enjoy. These reflect Martie’s skill as a professional photographer and a noteworthy artist!)