Wild Wild West

Photo essay: Yellowstone & Grand Teton national parks

by Jahanshah Javid

It's been five unbelievable days through America's greatest parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. "Yellowstone National Park, established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho." >>> Wikipedia

* Photo essays in this series: Part 1: "Land of the Free"; Part 2: "Liberty Street"; Part 3: "Wild Wild West"; Part 4: "Cowboys & Iranians"; Part 5: "Prisoners of Persia" Part 6: "Taking Jesus by the Horns" Part 7: "Love of Liberty".


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by Jahanshah Javid on

Shepesh: Thanks. When the subject is so spectacular, it's hard to take a really bad picture :)


Piyalechi: Thanks for the advice. I just need to role them with more patience :)



by Shepesh on



All Bent & Crinkled Up!...

by Piyalechi on

Nice shot of the “Stone” Mountain, there Bubba!...


Oh!... And next time you decide to sleep in the car, get your cigarette pack out your back pocket so your smokes don’t get all crinkled up like that!!...  




Nice Pictures

by karoon1 on

Nice pictures. Thank you for sharing, I recommend Yellowstone and Grand Teton to anybody to see once in their life, you will never forget it!!! I also admire you for finding about your roots and your grandmother’s Home Town. I am currently reading about her life (My name is Iran) written by Davar Ardalan. She was a remarkable Lady and had a lot of courage (Helen). Great book by the way.



by statira on

for the thorough and interesting tour.


Don't forget the Shrooms!

by bahmani on

While you are visiting the Native Americans, don't forget to ask them for some shrooms.

Maybe that will help you come up with a solution to Iran, while you are under the influence of a hallucinatory semi-spiritual mind altering pagan ritual.

Oh wait! The Guardian Council has already been doing that for years! Nevermind!

Do the shrooms anyway though. If you do end up finding a way out, make sure you don't forget to mark the door so that the rest of us can follow you. And leave clear notes and instructions. I don't want to take a wrong left at the first fire breathing dragon using an iPad, when I should have taken a right at the purple lizard wearing reading glasses floating on the pink cloud.

Anahid Hojjati

yes, change the oil

by Anahid Hojjati on

otherwise, you may have blue smoke coming out of your car

Esfand Aashena

BTW when was the last time you changed the oil in your car?

by Esfand Aashena on

JJJ if it was last year (or back in Mexico :-) you may want to change it next time you stop for gas.  From west coast to east cost it is several thousand miles and for a car like yours you want to change it every 3,000 miles. 

Everything is sacred

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Yes MM, I know about it. I could have gone there a couple of years ago but apparently they do not allow you to take pictures -- because they want people to buy postcards instead. I'm sure they're not that strict. On my list!


JJ - did you make a stop at the Grand Canyon Skywalk?

by MM on

If not, the view at Grand Canyon Skywalk is breathtaking (4000 feet above the canyon), but not advisable if you have acrophobia.

Tribe opens glass-bottom deck 4000 feet above Grand Canyon floor and you are not too far from it.

PS, nice pics

Jahanshah Javid

Night sky

by Jahanshah Javid on

Faramarz, I will take your advice one night. I love gazing at stars in the wild. And I'll watch out for any ghost, Indian or...

Jahanshah Javid

Sleeping in car

by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks Monda! Actually I did sleep in the car but not in the middle of nowhere. I parked in the lodge parking lot, put the seat back and sleep for a few hours. I was not completely out in the wild :)

Esfand Aashena

JJJ please place a $10 bet on red on the Indian casino roulette!

by Esfand Aashena on

If you win, you can keep the extra $10, if you lose I'll add an extra $10 to my next contribution next time there is a fund raising on i.com!  Let us know how it turns out!

Everything is sacred


Nature at its Best

by Faramarz on

Great pictures JJ.

If you get a chance, drive on one of those quiet and empty 2-lane roads in the middle of the night. Then pull the car to the side of the road and turn off all the lights. Lay on your back on top of the car and look at the biggest sky and the most beautiful stars that you have ever seen. Summer sky in the northern states without any ambient light is so magnificent.

I once was driving through some Indian reservation in the middle of the night on a 2-lane country road, where out of nowhere I saw an Indian, with his arms across his chest standing on the yellow line in the darkness of the night! He scared the Jesus out of me. I maneuvered around him at full speed. And if it wasn’t for the fact that there was someone else in the car and saw the same thing, I would have thought that he was the ghost of an Indian warrior. These reservations are very sad and spooky places.

So tonight, after watching the summer skies, get in your car quickly and get out of there!


Versatility of your nature

by Monda on

... in taking in different sites and feels is a great trait of yours JJ. Thank you for sharing that with us. I could no longer fall asleep in my car in the middle of nowhere, khosh be haalet! Traveling keeps the senses alive, for sure...  

Your 2, 9 and 20 were some of my favorites. And I swear I have the exact same shots of the geysers and Grand Tetone when I was there couple years ago : )

Jahanshah Javid

The land

by Jahanshah Javid on

Red Wine jan, in fact I am going to the Wind River Indian Reservation today. And I did read a little bit about the Shoshone. I'm very excited. This trip would not be complete without visiting one of the many native-American "countries". These ancestors of vanquished nations who were the original settlers of this continent seem to be going through a revival. Thanks to freedom, the internet, nostalgia and casino cash they are regaining lost dignity and becoming proud again of their wonderful naturalistic culture and heritage.



by IranMarzban on

great pictures really enjoyed thanks



If you listen to Esfand you

by comments on

If you listen to Esfand you will be home-less the rest of your life.

Save, save and save?  Hello?  If you save too much you do not get any idea how to make money.

Anahid Hojjati

JJJ, please don't listen to Esfand

by Anahid Hojjati on

You must have deleted his comments or what that he suggests you take a picture with a bear :).

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

It was 1997 when I could see all these beautiful lands, these lands belong to the Shoshone and Arapaho Indians. The Shoshone have been peaceful people and have been most developed culture from point of view of poetry, literature and educated conversations those of Arapaho have been sleeping under a roof of heaven, those who brought their own gods alos many glories endless.

These lands have not yet explain why so many have many visitors... from ETs!

That night when I felt bad about the cold because of the old me Hualachia recommended drinking and smoking his pipe with old ones in the old house, I've done and all night naked in the rain and smoke and strange noises of animals and singer's voice with the sound of drums, I've felt never felt weird things, this way I traveled to the big house Shemiran ... where I was born and I saw all my dear ones and it's all over when I got up in the morning and I felt not bad.

I have traveled quarters Spiritually times as in other countries and other natives, the Indians have been something halucinanting.

The land to be returned to the Indians, have told me that this land is prohibited and cursed for those who are pale face ... that means death ... so I'm told.

Thank you for pictures Jahanshah jan .

Esfand Aashena

Nice pictures JJJ. Perhaps 2 late but you could've camped!

by Esfand Aashena on

I noticed you mentioned the expensive hotel room but seems this trip of yours would've been the best opportunity to camp!  You could've bought a tent from a Walmart or Target store along the way, like this one for $20 and maybe a cheap sleeping bag and camp along the way.

You can search for camping sites along your way or go to a national park and get a camping spot, some run $20 - $50 depending if they have electric hookup or are primitive that are cheaper.  In the morning you could use their facilities to shower and all.  Not all of them have wi-fi as you liked in this one, sorry :-)

Anyway, you can still invest in a 2 person tent and save some money along your way and have fun too.  

Also, I don't know why you're so worried about the bears.  They're very friendly animals and you can feed and pet them and if you like put your camera on timer and then go stand next to one, hug him and take a pic ;-) 

Everything is sacred

Jahanshah Javid

That's the spiri!

by Jahanshah Javid on

Jason, that's the idea. For anyone who hasn't been there it's a must. You'll love it.


The sceneries are absloutely spectacular !

by jasonrobardas on

   This photo essay has actually propelled me to plan visiting the yellow stone national park in Wayoming. I enjoyed watching it .

 PS............. by the way, the video on swimming in the river and the saga of losing your slipper cracked me up! I was laughing so loudly that I woke up my wife !