Recently returned from Montana and spent the last couple of days assimilating everything I learned while visiting some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.
What is immediately clear to me is that, damn the expense, making the journey down to where 80% of the scenes in my next novel take place was one of the smartest things I've ever done. I've spent hours on-line, scanning photographs of the region, familiarizing myself with the topography, flora and fauna. But until I actually got there, stepped out of the truck and walked the same ground as the characters in The Last Hunt, I never truly grasped of the grandeur of the scenery in that part of the world. I became very well-acquainted with that Livingston-Gardiner corridor and spent one entire day driving around Yellowstone Park, concentrating on the northern portion (an entirely different ecosystem than the rest of the Park). Met many fascinating people and blogged about it in greater detail over at Beautiful Desolation.
It's good to be back but...I miss Montana. Hope to return one day soon...
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