Tonight Missy and I, along with our fellow residents - writer Zebbie Watson, playwright Kevin Doyle, sculpture artist John Melvin, and visual artist Lynda Smith - had the chance to present our work to the local community here in Sheridan, Wyoming. We each gave a casual talk, showed some images, and had some time for Q and A. All of the artists and writers were very well received and the crowd was really engaged and supportive. Unchronicled Explorations got a great response. Thank you Sheridan!
Missy and I have been talking for a while about shooting in a cave. So I was doing some research on Wyoming caves and found out about this place called “Spirit Mountain Cave”. It used to be a National Monument, but after Carlsbad Caverns opened it’s popularity waned and it was decommissioned. Now it’s managed by the Beareau of Land Management in Cody. So we went to the BLM office, signed some paperwork, and they gave us a key. Then we drove up one of the most treacherous dirt roads I’ve ever been on. We got stuck a few times and said a few hail mary’s as we gunned it through the snow around some switchbacks next to 1000+ foot dropoffs. But man it was worth it. We parked, trekked through the snow with lanterns, helmets, ropes, and of course, our costumes, and found the entrance to the cave. We set up a few scenes which was even trickier in the dark than it normally is! Amazingly enough, we were able to light the scenes with lanterns and headlamps and they came out pretty great. Can’t wait to show you guys.
Everyone’s been talking about this place Hell’s Half Acre. It looks a lot like the badlands in South Dakota but much smaller. We woke up at stupid o’clock in the morning to drive the two and half hours to get there for sunrise. Well worth it. Got some great shots of Dr. Slobek in the wee hours of the morning, then backtracked to Casper for the middle of the day, ate a big greasy cowboy breakfast, got some coffee, hit some thrift shops, and… went the the rock climbing gym!! We needed that. Then we went back to Hell’s half acre for a pretty amazing sunset and more shooting involving bones, ancient mudslides, river crossings and arguments. Thanks again Wyoming!
A full on blizzard came through Banner yesterday and today and we took full advantage! Got out the snowshoes and the snow goggles and the winter gear and trudged out to to make some photos. We started at sunrise by the river, took a break to warm up, and went back out in the afternoon into the hills. We got some great shots of the Doctor and the Professor.
The sky really is bigger in Montana. Everything seems a lot bigger and more expansive out here. And the road feels a little straighter. Good thing the fuzz is forgiving.