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Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
 

...On The Road Again!!


Hello everyone.
I wish to thank all who offered advice on my cross-country trip last winter. It was a truly memorable vacation…one which I will treasure for a long time.
I’ve decided to hit the highways once again in mid-June.
This time I plan to drive straight through most of the eastern plains states, then head north and take a route through the northern tier states,…through South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. I will be traversing Interstate #90 much of the way.

Aside from Yellowstone and the Black Hills (which are on my list), can anyone offer any suggestions as to where I might visit along this route this time of the year?
I’m most interested in scenic landscapes, wildlife, unique geology and such,…(and hopefully no crowds).

Any help would be appreciated.


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5/1/2006 6:33:18 PM

 

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  If you take 90 back west, get off on I-55 south to St. Louis from Chicago. Go to I-270 through Alton and across the Mississippi (beautiful bridge). This will take you around St. Louis. Take I-270 to I-44. If you go 44 to Springfield, you will run into 65. Take 65 south to Branson. This will put you right in the middle of the Ozark mountains. This is some of the most beautiful country you have ever seen. And. you can visit the truck from the Beverly Hillbillies. Let me know when you are cooming and I'll see what I can do about getting you some show tickets.


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5/1/2006 7:25:26 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  If you've been "thru" yellowstone, consider going around it. Head thru the east entrance and head south. You hit the south park, tetons, jackson hole. Once in Jackson, take the little known highway thru the tetons over to driggs, Idaho. If you get time, do the drive thru the Wind River Mountian range. Stunning. Don't see much more gorgeous country than that. Then up to Island Park, west yellowstone and over to quake lake and go west to Salmon, Idaho, another great stretch. Being from Northern Utah, we take the non tourist routes. Courdelane Idaho is also great area. And last but not least ya can't miss a beer in Anaconda Montana. Great little town. More great scenes. Have a great trip!


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5/1/2006 8:30:41 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks Mark and Vicki for the great advice.
We plan to spend at least three days in the northwestern states.

Vicki I envy you,...being from nothern Utah. If it's half as stunning there as where I visited last winter...(Bryce Canyon, Arches and others), it must be quite special.

Bob


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5/2/2006 2:18:39 AM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Bob - glad to hear that your first trip was good! I e-mailed you directly; however, afterwards I thought that you might take a look at my gallery - not now, in about two days if I actually get some images uploaded. Many of the new uploads will be of sights along Rt. 90 and into Canada. There are so many places to visit; so many great images awaiting you and so much beauty you will be exhausted upon your return! Vicki is 100% right: there are not many better places than around the Montana/Idaho/Wyoming areas. If I made a million, I'd stay out on those roads for years.


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5/2/2006 2:16:35 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks Irene.
I e-mailed you back and I will check out your gallery in a few days.

(...I'm gettin' psyched!)

Bob


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5/2/2006 5:21:11 PM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  Can I be a stow away in your trunk....sounds like fun. Irene, you are right....those images are breathtaking!!!
Both of you are great artists.


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5/11/2006 12:57:12 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks Debbie for responding.

...Not much room in my trunk. I need all the space I have for photo gear and gas money. :(

I checked out Irene's Gallery a few times and I agree. Her work is a true artist's rendition of the splendors of Nature.
I can hardly wait to get out there myself.

Bob


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5/11/2006 5:26:22 PM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  God's speed. Remember to rest your trigger finger once in a while!!!!


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5/11/2006 5:30:22 PM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Wow guys..you make me blush! I think that when you have a real passion for something that it shows in your work - and I have a true passion for Montana and the entire west.

Bob - I have not forgotten you or the offer to get some info to you. I have been crazed lately, but plan to spend some time this weekend getting things together for you.

Irene


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5/11/2006 5:53:26 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
Thanks to Irene especially! I printed the great info you sent to me and added it to my trip planner.

I will be leaving Saturday afternoon for this little adventure.

Bob


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6/2/2006 4:20:22 AM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Bob - have an AMAZING adventure! If you have questions out on the road, feel free to e-mail me directly - that is location questions, for photo questions you'd do better asking here (lol)

Irene


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6/2/2006 1:50:01 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Bob I really envy you - but if you're heading out..... keep going and come to South Africa :) We'll organise you a photographic experience that'll have you grinning for months :)
Good luck and enjoy and thanks for all contributions!


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6/30/2006 2:20:49 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Hello Robyn,
Actually, I returned home from this road trip a few weeks ago with many photos and great memories.
I'm still organizing and posting images...(there are SO MANY), but you can see some on my site if you want. Most are in the first Gallery category..."An American Journey" and in the last..."Things with Fur", where I've posted the wildlife photos.

South Africa sounds great...but a little too far away for my budget.
(...maybe some day.)

Bob


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6/30/2006 2:48:08 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I really enjoyed the images of your trip, Bob! I've been to most of those places but not at one time. I'd love to take them all in again. Some I don't have on digital :o)!


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6/30/2006 4:07:08 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Thanks Sharon,
I had an absolute blast on both road trips this year and I'm currently planning a third mini-adventure through New England and into eastern Canada later this summer.

Of all the places in the U.S. I've visited thus far, Grand Teton and the national parks in southern Utah were the most impressive to me.
(...These regions of the west have that rare "hit you in the face" kind of natural beauty that's so special.)

Bob


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6/30/2006 4:12:04 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Hey Bob, I totally agree with your favorite places. I love the Tetons, Yellowstone, Bryce and Zion NPs.


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6/30/2006 4:25:53 PM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  New England, Bob? You do know that this has been a horrific weather year here? Far too much rain with lots of flooding that destroyed some nice places. Anyway, where are you planning to head? I might be able to give you some ideas of good photo spots at least in my corner of the world!

Irene


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6/30/2006 6:11:26 PM

 
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