|This afternoon we decided to take the drive on the Needles Highway (SD Highway 87 between Sylvan Lake and Legion Lake ) for a few hours of viewing pleasure.
This 14-mile scenic highway winds through pine, spruce and aspen forest under a vista of granite spires called “the Needles.” The route snakes through several small granite tunnels and ends at Sylvan Lake. In addition to the natural beauty, we just never know what wildlife we might encounter.
Today we were fortunate enough to spot 6 Bighorn Rams just a couple of miles after entering the park. They were grazing in two groups of three most of the time but moving in and out of the shade of the trees. We stayed for about 30 minutes hoping to get a couple of good pics of them. I never got a really good group shot, but did manage to catch a couple of nice shots of them individually. They were pretty nonchalant about the whole thing except for when Onyx really let out a good howl. That got their attention! I was afraid she had scared them off, but nope, they settled back in for their lunch anyway. Thank goodness, the guy next to me looked like he would like to murder our little angel! LOL
The rest of our drive was lovely without much traffic. The summer crowd is really thinning out now. Very few bikes left and even most of the 'regular' tourists are heading back home for school etc. There were more folks at Sylvan Lake than anywhere else along our route today. Thunder clouds were building rapidly the last 15 minutes. Nevertheless, we put Onyx on a leash and started along the walking path around the lake. We didn't get far before the light rain began so we decided to turn back and come another day. Bummer, we were looking forward to that walk. We arrived home to a heavier rain and within minutes caught some dime sized hail...Like I've told you before, if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes! Anyway, it didn't last long and soon the sun was out shining it's pretty little head.
We had a cute note on our door when we arrived home. Went something like this:
Stopped by to do your pull-out shelf installation job but there is no one home. Please call to reschedule at your earliest convenience. Sincerely, 'Toolman'
Only thing is, I didn't have an appointment! Our buddy Dick, he has such a sense of humor! Anyway, I called him back and he said he would be over in 45 minutes. A couple of hours later we had a new pull-out shelf for our computer printer. How nice is that?!!!
After he completed the job we bbq'd buffalo burgers and steaks for dinner. Yummy...and then played one game of Hand & Foot . Can you believe it, the guys won this evening! 2 bummers for me in one day!!! What's going on? We finished up around 11:30pm and shortly thereafter hit the sack. Meeting Tim & Crystal EARLY in the morning for our day at Pactola Reservoir. Hope we catch a big one! I'll let you know....