On the Way Home

The conference was over, goodbyes were said, and it was time to head home. We took the scenic route, so headed West to Keystone. After a stop at the museum, we headed South on the old Iron Mountain Road, a beautiful drive with several good views of Mt. Rushmore but also lots of dangerous hairpin curves (one of which was the cause of the accident which killed Harold Swanzey, stepson of Carrie Ingalls).

It took us into Custer State Park, where we ran into a herd of buffalo. They were in no hurry to move, and we were blocked for 2 hours.

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Sometimes one would lay down in the middle of the road. When that one moved, and the cars would try to inch forward through the herd, others would race to the front of the car and then stop. I could swear they did it on purpose!

Just sittin' in the road

Just sittin’ in the road

One fella scratched his head on our hood, leaving a small dent and a bunch of snot. Gross.

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We finally got through them, and then it was the “wild” burros. People feed them, so they rush every vehicle. Once again, one decided to use our van as a scratching post, and left a bunch of slobber & snot all over my window.

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There were pronghorn antelope and prairie dogs all over the place, too, but they had better sense than to approach the vehicles. Last time we were through Custer, we ran into a large herd of bighorn sheep, but didn’t see any this time.

Then we headed South through the edge of Wyoming into Colorado, and Estes Park. That’s where we finally found some cool weather, which was nice after all the 90-100 degree weather we’d been experiencing. Estes is magnificent, and we enjoy it greatly. We saw some wildlife there, too: elk

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and a lot of whitetail & mule deer, and even a stray moose.

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Okay, it was far away. But it’s still the first moose I ever saw.

I’ve been to Alaska at least half a dozen times, and to Minnesota several times, and all over Canada more times than I can count, and always looked for a moose, but never saw one. Finally found my first one in Colorado of all places. I didn’t even know they live that far south.

After Colorado, we turned back to the east, and went to visit some good friends in Missouri. We had a great time.

Now we’re back home, and it’s hot as ever. Well, not really ever, I guess: in 2011 it was regularly 111-117 degrees where we lived (just a little further south than where we are now), and this week it’s “only” around 103-107. Still plenty warm.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Nice post! 🙂


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  3. Posted by Connie in Colorado on July 30, 2015 at 12:19 am

    You definitely had your wildlife adventures on this trip out west! The bison in Custer are really amazing…when I drove through there last fall, we had the same traffic jams with buffalo laying in the road and cars trickling around and by the great animals.
    So glad you saw the elk and deer and a moose (!) in RMNP and Estes Park. Near our cabin in Estes we’ve had herds of 30 elk lounging on the hillside with their babies, and a very impertinent young black bear visiting our porch and taking out bird feeders this summer. Did your husband get to fish in Estes? It’s the best!
    Growing up in Wichita Falls, I now cannot stand going home in the summer – it’s just TOO HOT! Don’t envy you a bit in those temperatures!
    Thanks again for coming all the way up to SD for LauraPalooza. Have a great rest of the summer!
    Connie in Colorado


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