Dan Dunn is taking an extensive road trip across America to research his forthcoming book, American Wino: A Story of Reds, Whites and One Writer’s Blues on the Winey Road to Redemption (Dey Street Books/HarperCollins). This is the third in a series of weekly dispatches chronicling his journey.
While driving through Yellowstone National Park on my way from Montana to Wyoming, I saw a huge bison taking a leisurely stroll along the side of the road. It was a breathtaking thing to witness up close, and clearly the guy in the SUV in front of me thought so too because he got out of the vehicle, walked right up to the giant beast with a camera and started snapping photos like he was Terry Richardson and the bison was Kate Upton.
Now, I’ll admit that my understanding of the behavioral patterns of the American buffalo is limited, but even I know that cozying up to one in the wild is an insanely stupid idea. Even if it actually did happen to bear a resemblance to a certain buxom supermodel (which it did not, by the way). Fortunately, this particular bison wasn’t in an apparent mood to pulverize an amateur wildlife photographer, and kept on lumbering down the road.