Idaho and Montana Road Trip

Thunder storm over Butte Montana
Thunder storm over Butte Montana
The time between the Easter school break and the summer vacation in Whistler is known as the shoulder season. It’s when there’s nobody in the resort, and everybody’s hanging around waiting for the tourist season to start.

Which is why I jumped at the chance to head down to St. Anthony’s Dunes in South Eastern Idaho to shoot some old friends of mine who are down there on a quad biking trip. I drove to Seattle last night, and this morning I lit out at 5:30 and spent the day on the road. Tomorrow morning, I arrive in St. Anthony.

hotel room
My first night’s hotel room. I was half expecting to get attacked by Norman Bate’s dead mother.

Truck stop breakfast in Ellensburg.
Truck stop breakfast in Ellensburg. French toast, bacon, and eggs, all for $7.50. And the waitresses call you “Hon”, to boot.

Truck stop breakfast in Ellensburg.
A trucker from Greenbay WI. having breakfast.

Looking to buy a stuffed bear?  Wallace Idaho
Looking to buy a stuffed bear? Wallace Idaho.

Tech Stuff:
The biggest skill a photographer can have is getting people to let them take their picture, like the trucker, or getting someone to let you shoot in their very foreign (to you) surroundings. The place with all the stuffed animals was pretty crazy, and included things like belts of live machine gun ammunition, and a wooden crate full of 30mm rifle grenades (I asked the lady in the store if they were live, and she just shrugged. One of them could have killed everybody in the place if it when off). The trick, just ask.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8



Idaho and Montana Road Trip – David Buzzard Photography