|Wow and wow!|
|Giant bison bull making sure there was no "off roading"|
But in Custer State Park we saw actual bison herds with babies, big daddy bulls, and lots of juvenile and females (cows), all grazing along the river, right by the road. We also saw a mule begging for carrots right in the middle of the road and lots of mule poop so I am guessing this wasn't a solitary or unique experience for him and his buddies. I don't get this feeding of the giant, wild animals in a national or state park. You constantly pass by signs or read warnings indicating, "If an animal changes his/her behavior you are too close (remember the female bison licking her lips staring at us???)" and, "View from a distance," and advice such as, "Put your thumb at arms length. If you completely obscure the animal, you are at a safe distance." Bison can run 35 mph and pivot quickly. Yet, yesterday we saw foolish people getting out of their cars, camera in hand, snapping away photographs of buffalo. In fact, reading up on this a bit, there are articles about "bison selfies" and what a bad idea those are (really?).
As we tour the national and state parks I am so grateful to all the people who had the foresight to designate this land and then develop it just enough for people to visit. I just had new clue how beautiful it would all be. On our agenda tomorrow is to drive through 2 mountain passes, see Mount Rushmore and pass through Spear Fish and Bounder canyons! Today we are resting, doing laundry, reading, and catching up with bills....and reflecting on how lucky we are to be here, now, enjoying our lives, spending nights in these beautiful park campgrounds and trying to take in all the beauty of it all.
Can't wait to see what the next weeks hold as we move onto Grand Teton National park (bears!) but first we are staying over at a raspberry farm in the middle of Wyoming click here to see this interesting place where we will be overnighting Wyoming Raspberry deLight Farm. Rusty doesn't even like raspberries (news to me), "Those little seeds get in my teeth." Well, more raspberry jam for me and I think he may change his mind when he sees the Raspberry Chipotle sauce :)
Loving it all....Mini's crappy battery (buried in battery land), my bruised ribs (healing reminders to move mindfully), Olivia's cut foot (reminding her to wait until the people descend the stairs), Ken's burned finger (gotta find a poking stick...)....notwithstanding!