Local residents who spend a lot of time driving through Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have a sad but inevitable tendency to lose patience when driving through the parks for a “commute,” often taking the sights for granted when pushing to meet a scheduled appointment.
As awe-inspiring as the image of a majestic moose or lumbering grizzly bear may be, if the roads are clogged with sightseers angling for a photo while you’re worried about adding another 30 minutes to a trip already behind schedule, it’s easy to wish you could skip the scenery and just get to where you’re headed.
But there are other times, especially in the winter, when you’d give up a whole day to be able to spend just a few minutes of windshield time taking in one of the parks’ scenic valleys or sweeping hilltops.
A new time-lapse video posted by Vimeo user Sunil Seelam has managed to satisfy both yearnings at the same time. The four-minute clip shows a frenetically paced 101-mile trip from Grant Village in Yellowstone Park to downtown Cody, Wyo. It’s the video equivalent of driving at more than 1,500 mph.
Still, it’s easily possible to pick out landmarks and favorite spots along the way. How many familiar sights can you recognize in four minutes?