In late June we visited my youngest daughter at her field site in northern Montana. She is a research ecologist at the Smithsonian Institute, working on the restoration of American prairies. The site is isolated, and simultaneously humbling and amazing. If you like wide open spaces, this is indeed the place. Our travels, towing a teardrop trailer that we just picked up in January of this year, took us through some other gorgeous country as well. Here are some images of some of those places, critters, and vistas.
Our first night was in north central Nebraska, at a recreation area that had only three sites, but we were also the only folks there for the night. We did see some kayakers on the lake; otherwise we had it to ourselves (and the Dickcissels, Sedge Wrens, Catbirds and Meadowlarks). Here is a look at the lake, as the solstitial sun sets on the Nebraska Sandhills.