Today I kept my date with the bison!!!
|My first view of them from the GDB|
Me to the ranger: I’d like to see your bison, please.
She: Oh, they were just here!
Me: Oh no!
Seeing my disappointment, she took me outside, quickly spotted a herd of about 30-40 on the horizon, and I took off.
Spent a long time among the herd watching their behavior. Fascinating!
|Can you see the calf nursing on the upper right?|
This one seems to be the dominant bull.
They were completely unconcerned about my presence. They grazed and I had coffee. What an experience! Just me and them.
Eventually I went in search of Prairie Dogs. I found a little town of burrows. It was great fun to watch them run around barking.
|These 2 chatted for a while.|
This NWR is so beautiful I can’t even describe it. Stop and see the Sandhills if you can - an ecosystem like nowhere else on earth.Here are some photos of the NWR, surrounding hills, and the Niobrara. (I wish Blogger allowed slide shows).
|You can see the hills are composed of sand that moved in after the last Ice Age.|
|Swallow overhead. To the right is a river launch.|
|See the Niobrara River in the center.|
|The Cowboy Trail. It will eventually stretch 321 miles.|
Came back to town in the afternoon, stocked up on groceries, got gas ($3.99/gal.!!!), and topped off my generator oil. I’m staying the night once again at the Comfort Inn. For an extra $5 I get shower privileges. Money well-spent!
But first, I had to get dinner at Valentine’s oldest eatery, 2 blocks away. They’ve been in business since the 40’s.
|Cheeseburger and fries, what else?|
Tomorrow I head toward The Badlands.But for now .... good night from my Little House on the Prairie.
Or as Judy would say ….