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During summer 2015, the filmmaker and content-creator Philippe Bouyer-Gray spent over five weeks exploring the Wild West of The United States of America—9898 miles on the road. Then, Summer 2017 and Fall 2019 and Fall 2021: Again, new long rides throughout the West; again, countless burned miles.

Here's the travelogue US VISTAS, the visual tale of Philippe's journeys.
Philippe produced, filmed, edited, and directed all of videos, and wrote all of the captions.

These short movies don't feature audio-comments, but bear orchestral backbones.

Enjoy!

Custer State Park, SD
2021-10-11

Here is an excerpt from the official website of Custer State Park: “Encompassing 71,000 acres in the Black Hills, Custer State Park is home to abundant wildlife and adventure; camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, or relaxing, there’s something here for everyone.”
And the park adjoins Mount Rushmore!
Voilà—Blessing South Dakota.

Music by Lydiane Benard - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Canyonlands, UT
2021-10-04/06

Little figures climb a dark surface, and all around, the sun dries the mud, or the rain caresses the cliffs, or both at the same time. The buttes and the mesas pop up the land, and the rivers meet and shape the canyons, shape the Canyonlands National Park. Marks show our ancestors stood there, as the presence of the little climbers populates the skin of a cliff modern scholars named “Newspaper Rock”, proclaimed it a State Historic Monument. The climbers build a mysterious wall around miniatures, around small modern guests. (Captions from the 2015 trip)

Music by Lydiane Benard - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Arches National Park, UT
2021-10-05/07

Arches National Park is a giant-undulating sandbox in which a very patient god had asked the winds to carve as much as possible rare-true masterpieces of art for the joyful wonder of human eyes.

Music by Jared Benson - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Pipe Spring National Monument, AZ [2021-10-02]
2021-10-02

A pet-friendly place. Very friendly!
"A National Monument used as a perennial water source alongside historic forts, gardens & ridge trails."
GPS: 36.86325182109289, -112.73934556188667

Music by Jared Benson - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
2021-10-02/03

In the Bryce Canyon of southwestern Utah, the land whispers, “We are a family of hoodoos, natural sculptures, creations of a God who wanted you to be able to brush the museum of Earth’s beauty. Your God is an impish artist.” (Captions from the 2015 trip)

Music by Jared Benson - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Zion Nation Park, UT
2021-09-20

In the USA, the most bizarre uncivilized zone full of zigzag roads buzzes with a no less bizarre blazed name: ZION.

Music by Lydiane Benard - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Snow Canyon, UT
2021-09-29

Robert Zemekis filmed the introduction of his wonderful “Romancing the Stone” (1984) at the Snow Canyon State Park. Voilà.

Music by Ariel Blumenthal - In The Hat Publishing.

Secret Money Shot at Schwabacher Landing, WY
2021-09-20

Hey Jackson-Hole-Valley-new-visitor, if you stop at the Schwabacher Landing place, please get a little hike from the parking lot, and do not miss (like most of tourists) the tremendous Beaver Dam Sunrise point. Okay? Thanks.

Music by Ron Komie - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Big Springs, ID
2021-09-20

On the West flank of the Yellowstone National Park, in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest of Idaho, the world’s largest playground for rainbow-trouts surge Big Springs which is the headwaters of Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, which is also a “first-magnitude” spring that produces over 120 million gallons of water each day, at a constant temperature of 52 degrees, and forsooth, Big Springs which is your place to be full of the joys of spring—no pun.

Music by Jared Benson - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, MT
2021-09-19

Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. —Sitting Bull

Music byBrian Keane.

Theodore Roosevelt NP, ND
2021-09-17/18

Jaxie smelled bisons for the first time at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in North Dakota.

Music by Jared Benson - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

On The Road Again
2021-09-13

Heading West again . . . A first day that did suck!

Music by Ron Komie - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Teton Valley, ID
2019-10-11/14

Old farmer Elliott T. Elmer whispered, “Ain't a Teton Valley native but here I’ve found the quiet place for resting in peace. A true peace.”
I believe Elliott.

Music by Matthias Wolf.

Craters of the moon, ID
2019-10-11

Definition of an eerie park: The Craters Of The Moon, a National Monument & Preserve, covers 464,303 acres of South Central Idaho, enveloping the 53,571 acres of the Monument itself, a vast field of 60 distinct solidified lava flows and 25 hardened volcanic cones, ranging from 15,000 to 2,000 years. 

Music by Tilman Sillescu.

Grand Teton, Wy, 3
2019-10-07/08

Several times a day, graceful moose families cross the pleasant Gros Ventre Campground at Grand Teton National Park. Often. Many magic moments occur at Gros Ventre of Grand Teton. Always.

Music by Lydiane Benard - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Jaxie at Great Sand Dunes, CO
2019-10-02

My dog Jaxie (mix of Treeing Walker Coonhound and Beagle) likes to travel through the Wild West’s landscapes; more than me. The discovery of the Sand Dunes National Park amazed her like nothing else before; and much more than me. On these dunes, on the sand, in the wind, Jaxie was more than thrilled. How can there be such a beautiful and huge playground in a lost corner of Colorado.

Music by Henry Chowmix - SSI Music Publishing.

From Montana to North Carolina
2017-06-25 to 2017-07-02

Time to go back home . . . from Montana to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

Music by Henry Chowmix - SSI Music Publishing Publishing.

Glacier, MT
2017-06-20/24

Glacier — what a singular name for a National Park enclosing more than 100 glaciers among majestic peaks, and lakes, and warm peace arising from the trails.

Music by Lisa Bloom Cohen - Night After Night Publishing.

Grand Teton, Wy, 2
2017-06-17/19

June 2017. From the 17th to the 19th. Second visit to the Grand Teton Range, the Earth's finest place. A constant postcard unfolding.

Music by Yuri Sazonoff - Yuri Sazonoff Publishing.

Trip To Teton
2017-06-12/16

Grizzly! And a wild one! And just before I arrived at the Moran-Togwotee overlook, Wyoming. After four mellow days of riding Tweety (a yellow Hummer H2) — towing Minnie Winnie (a 26 foot orange RV-travel-trailer) — from East toward West, from North Carolina through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska, discovering the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, with a welcome by the most iconic wild fellow in North America, made me feel blessed again — more than ever. The 2017 edition of US VISTAS’ Wanders and Wanderings could not get a more exciting kick start.

Music by Amotz Plessner - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Santa Fe, NM
2015-09-24/26

Sitting on a public bench along the River Trail of The City Different, a soul muttered as writing in a note-book,
“You . . .
pretty, pink, and perky. You . . .
secret, intimate, and hospitable. You . . .
Fe, Santa, and Fe.”
The town’s mood covers people like a throw-blanket warms a couch-potato on a cold day; time after time, narrow streets carry folks in placid rambles, blocks after blocks, shades after shades; everywhere, to enchant sights, contractors had applied gallons of adobes, expressing newborns’ blushes, and fine hues. For boundless alibis, everybody adores Santa Fe of beloved New Mexico. (Next, I had to stretch the rig toward the Queen City, the Banking Town, the Panthers Den; appeared the time for drifting back in Charlotte of North Carolina, at my Sweet Harbor — to prepare our next route across new US Vistas!)

Music by Jack Waldenmaier - Music Bakery Publishing.

Carlsbad Caverns, NM
2015-09-23

I saw forming grottoed chimeras; I saw emitting aeons and eras; I saw figures performing eternity — I groped among grace and pace in caverns, Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico. Nevertheless, walking in spooky darkness that shroud gaps between major stalactites underlined by few spotlights, holding cold metallic rails that secure paths so as to avoid falls in faults, I dimmed in stress until returning at the surface, and on the road again, and safe. In life, I lug two serious drawbacks; one is claustrophobia, and the other is being enslaved into it.

Music by Jack Waldenmaier - Music Bakery Publishing.

Dunes and Rainbows
2015-09-22

Climbing a desert’s huge dune at White Sands National Monument lent me the feeling of being a snowball rolling on a stream of lava. Fast, I took a few pictures and my "flee".
Whence, a long and quasi-nonstop ride occurred: I deserted the piles of ablaze sands of New Mexico, heading my scheduled next step, Carlsbad Caverns, also located in New Mexico, but chose a long detour via Texas onto more or less plain roads to round the mazy path over a range, to bypass El Paso, and further on to adopt a straight line to the forever-faraway-caves, but a detour dragging to deal with stout storms, low sights, and high floods, some odds delaying and forcing to take breaks on waysides, but for my sake, urging to adjourn the planned goal, thus to pull the rig at the bottom of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, in Southwest Texas, where an all-year-long-opened RV-parking-lot greets worn out stagecoaches-and-crews.
The rain stopped, and a rare double-rainbow faded in, and (while looping in my mind a cue by Nux shouting at a furious Max, “What a day! What a lovely day!”) I breathed some fresh air . . .
Then, before dusk, and followed by sorry-snores, and in delight, a bed was climbed.

Music by Pierre Gerwig Langer.

Valley of Fires, NM
2015-09-22

Horny planet! . . .
“I effused, I flowed, I stained,” said Vulcan after laying his sheet of semen on that land which later earned the epithet: Valley of Fires.

Music by Amotz Plessner - In The Hat Publishing.

Petrified Forest, AZ
2015-09-20

Time leads to life; life leads to death; death leads to gem.

Music by Pierre Gerwig Langer.

Canyon De Chelly, AZ
2015-09-19

A scar on Arizona recalls stigmas, specters, and nauseas of massacres from “how-a-west-was-won”; Canyon De Chelly witnessed Navajos resisting against dress-blues, white pursuers, Kit Carson’s troops; this sanctuary knows that History’s heaves still ooze through the red Rocks In The Canyon — also known as Canyon De Chelly— and speculates, are healed the scars?

Music by Ariel Blumenthal - In The Hat Publishing.

Ouray County, CO
2015-09-16/17

I met heart, help, and true peace in West-Colorado; I met “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the area of Ouray, Colorado, and Ridgway; Ridgway, Colorado, where John Wayne used to daily booze after his daily act on the True Grit movie set, shot in downtown Ouray; Ridgway, where the Duke used to daily plant his genuine grit into what thence became the True Grit Cafe, and to dive into the dialogues learning of the scenes for the next day shooting, or to drown into the eternel memories of behind the scenes with endless dialogues. That is truth; In Colorado, in Ouray County, I met true grit and friendship spirit, and John Billings, the dude who cast the Grammy Awards, somewhere in Ridgway, CO.

Music by Amotz Plessner - In The Hat Publishing.

Arches, UT
2015-09-15

Dizzy, the hiker thought, “This is a fascinating question of timing; Earth is round, and winds swirl, and the Earth turns, and the winds carve the Earth, and mold it, to be bridges, at the tempo of the time’s tic tac.” Happy, but tired, but insane, but dizzy, I, the hiker, left the Delicate Arch and the coarse crust of the Arches National Park of Utah, to return to Colorado. Hiker. Tired hiker. Driver. Happy driver. Me. Dizzy eye.

Music by Pierre Gerwig Langer

Canyonlands, UT
2015-09-14

Little figures climb a dark surface, and all around, the sun dries the mud, or the rain caresses the cliffs, or both at the same time. The buttes and the mesas pop up the land, and the rivers meet and shape the canyons, shape the Canyonlands National Park. Marks show our ancestors stood there, as the presence of the little climbers populates the skin of a cliff modern scholars named “Newspaper Rock”, proclaimed it a State Historic Monument. The climbers build a mysterious wall around miniatures, around small modern guests.

Music by Yuri Sazonoff.

Mesa Verde, CO
2015-09-13

Many miles later, I stepped at Mesa Verde National Park to admire the sublime alliance of nature with perennial genius in Amerindian architecture and culture.

Music by Gerald O'Brien - SSI Music Publishing.

Four Corners Monument
2015-09-13

The visit to a wasteland where four States meet—Four Corners Monument—gave me the hazy belief of trampling on a map at scale one. I hastened to go back on the road, heading toward Colorado.

Music by Gerald O'Brien - SSI Music Publishing.

Monument Valley, AZ/UT
2015-09-11/12

I rode in a dream, leading my three hundred twenty-five horse-drawn carriage across Monument Valley Navajo Tribal park, the gold set of the Western genre. My cherished childhood moviegoer joy came true. The American Dream exists.

Music by Francisco Becker - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Valley of the Gods, UT
2015-09-12

Sand, stones and shrubs, mesas and buttes reign over The Valley of the Gods, a scene for actors called creators. Respect the wise silence, thus release good spirits — gentle wraiths.

Music by Amotz Plessner - In The Hat Publishing.

Horseshoe Bend, AZ
2015-09-11

On the way to Monument Valley, I stepped for glancing over the Lake Powell, then the Horseshoe Bend. Both sites were beloved at first sights. Forever, filled with wonderment, Arizona.

Music by Chris O'Brien - SSI Music Publishing.

Bryce Canyon, UT
2015-09-09/10

In the Bryce Canyon of southwestern Utah, the land whispers, “We are a family of hoodoos, natural sculptures, creations of a God who wanted you to be able to brush the museum of Earth’s beauty. Your God is an impish artist.”

Music by Chris O'Brien - SSI Music Publishing.

Traffic-Hams
2015-09-19

The driving-in-summer drives me happy until the Yellowstone National Park route doesn't need to be driven.
In 2015, I wrote this: "The Yellowstone National park hosts unnumbered loads of visitors warping the roads and the trails like divisions of tanks on parade onto a crystalline meadow."
Then, 2017...
Mourning each last beats of joy at Grand Teton, and after having chosen to target the north via the unavoidable south west passage through the Yellowstone, that morning I early took the road, expecting to shun the rush hours and the common traffic jams of the glorious landscape. Soon, despite the so called early time frame, a jam ran down the tar. A weird one. Dozens of bison-families were keeping their right on the road, toward the south; on the opposite direction and heading to the north, I was able to cross the herd without delay; yet, behind the confident wild families, hundreds of vehicles carrying crabbed characters were stuck, glued, pinned at the asphalt, for hours!
Did I tell you that I scorn human-droves early in the morning?
Darn; Jams in wilderness, or crass nonsenses.

Music by Drew D'Ascentis and Sterling Campbell - Yes My Friend Publishing.

Yellowstone, WY
2015-09-05/08

Sleeping ground in dreaming wrath. The Yellowstone National Park hosts unnumbered loads of visitors warping the roads and the trails like divisions of tanks on parade onto a crystalline meadow. A tedious, and eerie, and magic tour.

Music by Richard Band - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Grand Teton, WY
2015-09-01/03

“Erotic horizon!” agreed the 17th Century French fur trappers upon discovering the three tallest peaks of a grandiose mountain range, that one of the men hastened to baptize as “Les Trois Tetons”, and the extent of which became the body of the National Park "Grand Teton", or “Great Nipple”—Sacré français!

Music by Amotz Plessner - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Rendezvous with Teton
2015-08-31

On the map, the path-of-the-day displayed a thick timeframe, severe slopes, many shifts . . . Leaving Montana and Little Bighorn under Milky Way, heading the South West of Wyoming under full moon, passing Dayton’s Crazy Woman Saloon under sunrise, riding hours through breathtaking landscapes under sunshine, then arriving in Grand Teton National Park under infinite joy, that day, I piled on 400 miles of happiness onto grandeur. It has been rare hours. Beautiful ones.

Music by Yuri Sazonoff.

Little Bighorn, MT
2015-08-30

The site contradicts any possibility of bloodshed on its soil due to the astonishing vastness and peacefulness. In 1996, at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, 120 years after the most meaningful clash in America History between two dissimilar cultures, a memorial to honor Native American warriors was built, at last.

Music by Pierre Gerwig Langer - Dynamedion Publishing.

Devils Tower, WY
2015-08-29

At Devils Tower, the scents of meadows and pines melt; the daylight murmurs of the casual hikers resound; the winds want serenity. I discovered the secret door to access the center of Devil’s Tower reaching the altar of Wyoming’s sacred heart; do ask me to share the key—I will.

Music by Pierre Gerwig Langer - Dynamedion Publishing.

Presidents and Chief
2015-08-29

Through the Black Hills of South Dakota, I saw bright giants, frozen ghosts in a dark green landscape, gigantic homages to History: Mount Rushmore (sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum) and the Crazy Horse Memorial (desired by Henry Standing Bear and Korczak Ziolkowski, and still in progress). Gazing at these characters, I felt a spirit of great memories and a goodwill toward the country.

Music by Richard Band - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

Badlands, SD
2015-08-28

Filmed in Colorado, the motion picture Badlands, a masterpiece by Terrence Malick, finds its resolution in South Dakota. Why was this movie not shot at the right place? Perhaps a budget issue. I imagine that the scenery is too dramatic for the purposes of Malick, and it would have mashed the characters and their tale. Badlands National Park is an alien planet’s creepy crust lain on South Dakota.

Music by Lisa Bloom Cohen - Night After Night Publishing.

Madison County, IA
2015-08-27

In Iowa, I made several quick stops at Winterset, Madison County: The John Wayne’s birthplace, the sets of a famous movie by Clint Eastwood, and a café where a friend of mine (a young artist named Ethan Pro) exhibited his portraits of our hero, John Wayne. Heading “Wild West” from East (North Carolina), I had to begin wandering around Winterset, IA.

Music by Richard Band - Sonic Desktop Publishing.

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