It was a fast trip, but our drive to Wyoming was awesome. Where we had to go was quite snowy and cold, but so beautiful. The best part of the whole trip was seeing a bunch of wildlife again. I have missed that part of being on Wyoming. Everywhere you turn there, it seems there is something looking back at you. While driving, we saw lots of eagles, hawks, and ravens. And tons of deer.
As I mentioned before, the ranch where we took the furniture is a buffalo ranch. The owner also has a small herd of the very rare white buffalo. The last time we were there, the herd was tiny, about 5 animals. Now it is a little bit bigger, probably about 12 to 15 of these unique and beautiful animals.
The Lakota revere the white buffalo, and see it as a sign of abundance, and good things to come. The white buffalo calf woman came to the Lakota long ago and taught them about the earth and all they needed to know to survive. You can read more here.
For me, being able to see, and photograph these beautiful animals was amazing. I know this tiny herd is being bred for this trait, but they are still awesome.
As you can see, the snow was deep, and still falling that morning.
After I took photos of the buffalo (bison really), I wanted to take photos of the horses.
These aren’t just any horse, they are Percheron’s, and they are big and beautiful. You have to reach quite high to scratch their nose.
I fell in love with these two, aren’t they adorable?
I couldn’t resist this photo, can you see us in the eye of the horse?
This is just a photo to show how much snow there was. This is the snow curling off the roof. Pretty cool. During the night we heard foxes right outside the window. Of course the dogs heard them too and were growling low and barking. We got up and looked out the window, and there they were. I think they heard Roxy and Torrey and came to investigate.
We decided to stop in Jackson Hole on our way back. We needed a good lunch, and that was the best place to find good food. Plus, I wanted to see if the elk refuge had any elk yet. There were several hundred there, but mostly cows. I saw some big bulls but not like it will get later this month.
Flat creek runs through the refuge and has a large open body of water that doesn’t freeze over. There are a lot of trumpeter swans there.
These two were obviously a mated pair.
And check out these teenagers, still hanging out with mom and dad.
We drove through the Snake river canyon and came upon about 20 mountain goats just off the road. These guys are FLUFFY. No worry about cold with their long hair.
We never get to see mountain goats in the summer because they are so high and remote.
Check out this little guy, he was so cute!
The three amigos.
Today we are leaving for the desert. We are going to St. George for a few days to spend time with out great friends, Mike and Shannon. Then we will go to Arizona.
From deep snow, to warm sun.