Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Aren't the hills pretty?

A couple of more rams on the loop...Glad to see them here...

Nice color contrast against the red dirt...

Working the field...

The paved road is always in good shape with numerous pullouts for...

Watering hole for the wildlife...

Small visitor's center with drinks & porta-potty's available. Covered picnic tables too...

If we stay for round-up I'd like to view it from here...

A little corral info for you...

The corrals, wayyy off in the distance...

We're in burro country now...These guys must have full tummy's!

Not yet done for the day here though! Pretty colors :)

Mother & child I believe...

Sorry guys, I've got nothing to share today :(

Onyx & friends!

Notice how much farther she stuck her head out after they moved...

Beautiful country...

Pretty little doe...

Telephoto of prairie dog...He must be a big one! Note the crater...

Great place to ride...

Time to stretch our legs again :)

I hear the buffalo meatloaf is delicious here!

Sounds lovely...

And to my left...

Onyx liked it up on the bridge...

View from the bridge...

Moving along, pretty skies, pretty scenery & friendly folks. I love it...

View to my right...

And one last shot as we drop off the mountain toward home...What...


Today's post continues our journey on the Wildlife Loop. We'd spent a couple of hours being highly entertained by the buffalo & it was with great difficulty that we left. So fun to watch all the interaction between the bulls & their families. Did you know that some of these guys stand over 6 feet tall at the shoulder, weigh up to a ton and can run faster than a horse? Wow, 35 miles per hour & great agility to boot. Now that would be a force to reckon with! I can envision a band of Indians looking down from the hill at all these buffalo, getting their spears and rifles ready and charging down the hill causing the buffalo to stampede. The Indians did not leave anything behind when they took a buffalo. Every part of that animal was used for food, clothing, blankets, utensils, weapons…etc. We stayed for buffalo roundup a couple of years ago & are considering doing it again. Not sure yet, but maybe. It is a kick for sure! :)

Moseying along we encountered a couple of more big horn sheep, a couple of deer, prairie dogs and of course the ever faithful 'begging burro's'. We hadn't planned to take the loop today so no carrots! We still got out for a few minutes to give them a pat on the head but to tell you the truth, if you don't have a snack for them they're not interested in you for long. Onyx & our favorite white burro with the brown baby had a close encounter. They were quite interested in each other & I was so involved in watching the two of them I nearly forgot to take a photo & did forget to video....Duh! They were cracking us up. :)

We made a quick stop at Blue Bell, checking out French Creek & the bridge, stretching our legs & Onyx's too. It was quite serene until this guy & a bunch of kids showed up to fish! How dare they, lol. The kids were noisy, busy & excited so we took off fairly quickly. We passed several bikes on our trek home, they are arriving in the Hills in force even though rally doesn't technically start for a few more days.

We arrived home after 5pm & I threw a quick dinner together so we could go downtown for music. The musicians were entertaining, as usual, and we'll be sad when 'it's' over for the summer. It actually got a bit cool about 7pm & we were glad we brought a light jacket along. Thursday night there is a two hour jam session & that's it for this venue. Fortunately there's lots more music in the Hills available. And, I hope to soon join in! I'm going to my first ukulele class Friday morning with Janet. Looking forward to that! Wish I could go to bed tonight & wake up tomorrow morning an accomplished uke/guitar player. I want to so badly :) Anyone got a magic wand???? LOL



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