Thursday, September 5, 2013

Into The Unknown in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming - The Anti Ride Report.

Not really a ride report, as riding was not involved. I had initially planned on taking my motorcycle to the "Into The Unknown" LD event in Big Sky, Montana. However, reliability issues in my usually bulletproof and reliable Yamaha FJR1300, poured some very cold water over those plans. Nevertheless, I decided that staying home is not an option, so I took my oft neglected (as far as driving it is concerned), but probably also far more reliable car - my Nissan 350Z on this trip. 

As I mentioned before, this is not really a ride report, but rather a collection of images from the trip. I have discovered that while cooped up in a car, I hardly take any pictures at all. That burning flame of freedom and adventure, and the desire to freeze frame those moments of exploration for all time in a memorable photograph, somehow that flame barely flickers alive when seated inside a 'cage', no matter how gilded or how sporty! 

Instead of linking to a slideshow of pictures, what follows are the few pictures I did take, with a footnote description of each. I hope you enjoy looking at them, even if they weren't taken whilst atop a saddle. 

The Martin Hotel.
The Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, NV. A Basque style restaurant, established in 1898. 

Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon! At Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Virginia City, Montana
Circa 1960's abandoned gas station.
Real gasoline, not that ethanol crap!
37.9 cents a gallon! 
Rust bucket. An old International branded truck, I am not old enough to remember they existed.
A real fixer upper! A B&W rendition.
My first evening in Big Sky, Montana. A room with a view.
An early morning and moonset in Big Sky, Montana.
Moonset on Lone Mountain in Big Sky, Montana. 
The sun rises in Big Sky, Montana.
Mid-day in Big Sky, Montana.
Old Faithful blows it's top! Yellowstone National Park.
Grand Teton National Park.
The Tetons will blow your mind! Jackson Lake at the base of the mountains.
A moody cloudy afternoon, being awed by the Tetons!
The prettiest lake I have ever seen! Jenny Lake and the Tetons!
Buffalo on a ridge in Grand Teton National Park.
Thank you for looking! :)


  1. Very beautiful, you do wander far and wide :-)

  2. Nice Sam. Real nice. I need you ride along with me so I can get good pix... :)

    1. As soon as the motorcycle is working again, come on up Don! :)

  3. I always enjoy your photographs no matter if they are taken from the saddle or not.

    They are always beautiful. And if you can't take the bike you may as well be in the 350Z, sweet car and a nice choice.

    1. Thank you! I just seem to take more pictures when I am on a motorcycle. Hope you are doing well. :)

  4. You found the Martin! Good on ya!

    1. Yes! I did. I went looking for it after reading about it in one of your blog posts. *thumbs up*

  5. Love the pics...I found pics from either my FJR1300 or Mini are just as is about getting out and seeing stuff you might not otherwise see. Keep em coming regardless of the mode.


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