Hey Jonathan. I live in Billings, MT. About 75 miles or so from Hysham.
I get to travel that direction every month or two, and have always considered the drive somewhat boring. I guess since it is familiar, I need to change my perception of that area.
I wondered if that is smoke in the background, or is it fog from the Yellowstone River?
The weather in wintertime frequently causes fog in the Yellowstone valley,and I find myself watching the weather on the weekends. If it looks like high humidity, I will arise early (5 AM or so), and drive along the river. I love the depth I can get while shooting in the dense fog.
Anyhow, I love the picture. It really does look like that around that area.
Good luck with your stint in the Army! You have my respect!