Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Palisades Reservoir, Idaho

Palisades Reservoir, Idaho

Wapiti, Wyoming

Wapiti, Wyoming

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Malad Gorge State Park, Idaho

Malad Gorge State Park, Idaho

Basin, Wyoming

Basin, Wyoming

US 26, Idaho

US 26, Idaho

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Arco, Idaho

Arco, Idaho

SH-31, Idaho

SH-31, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

United States

Idaho • Wyoming

September 2020 • Idaho and Wyoming have much in common: a 200-mile border, the Tetons, a defiant MAGA sneer. Spent the same amount of time in both states (2 days) and covered the same amount of ground (400 miles), and they seemed remarkably unalike. Might’ve been the weather—Idaho had more sun—but I wonder if there’s another reason why I’d return to one and not the other. So I googled it. Found a 2017 WaPo article that says Idaho is booming and Wyoming is bleeding due to the former’s diversified economy and the latter’s dependence on a single, much-maligned commodity (coal). Still feels like Wyoming did something really bad in the past and is paying a karmic price today. Next search was "matthew shepard," then "dick cheney."

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Palisades Reservoir, Idaho

Palisades Reservoir, Idaho

Wapiti, Wyoming

Wapiti, Wyoming

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Malad Gorge State Park, Idaho

Malad Gorge State Park, Idaho

Basin, Wyoming

Basin, Wyoming

US 26, Idaho

US 26, Idaho

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Arco, Idaho

Arco, Idaho

SH-31, Idaho

SH-31, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

SH-31, Idaho