called buffalo) crossing the street in Buffalo Gap National Grassland,
just outside Badlands. In this park, the bisons do not seem afraid
of humans and when they pass our car we realize how big these ancient,
heavy-breathing (and salivating), heavy-furred but seemingly calm
mountains of meat are.
named by French settlers who could not make any use of it. Modern
America made a national park out of it, complete with entry fees
(but somehow we managed to get in without paying, through a back
Shirin from Geneva, Switzerland are driving a colour-matched Citroen.
The Great Plains:
they are great - and they are plain
A typical farm,
although this one is deserted by its owners: house, barn, silo -
trees to provide shade.
Every town needs
its marketing niche. Jamestown has the biggest buffalo sculpture
in the world, a buffalo museum with real buffalo and an "old
pioneer town". Wishek, North Dakota, on the other hand, can
claim to be the capital of Sauerkraut - impressive.
his back. We actually stood about ten metres away from this one.
Bison are actually very dangerous animals due to their speed and
body weight: There are more dangerous bison incidents than bear
incidents in Yellowstone. So we made sure we stood right next to
our car and when the young bison slowly approached us, out of curiosity,
we quickly disappeared into the car, out of safety.
The hills of
the Badlands require curvy streets
day: be it hay...
... or cattle
in the parts of the U.S. we drove through: Car cemeteries
Sun on the left,
thunderstorm on the right and rainbow in the middle. The Great Plains
provide us with beautiful cloud formations, the motto of Montana: