Sunday, September 21, 2014

Critter Updates and Cabin “Remodel”

I was going to blog yesterday but given that we went into town for the second day in a row (highly unusual for us) it kind of ate up the day or at least a goodly portion of it.

On Friday we drove into Laramie for a provisioning trip. We left slightly before 9:00 a.m. We saw a lone coyote running across the prairie. As we rounded the corner on the main road a buck antelope was running right down the right in front of us. His lovely white rump was only a few feet away from the hood of the truck. I grabbed my camera, aimed and proceeded to click the shutter -- nothing. The darned battery was dead and I had not brought the spare with me. Duh!! He stayed in front of us for a goodly portion of the road before finally finding a spot he liked to jump the fence. It would have made for some great photos.

A little further down the road we noticed a pickup pulled over to the side of the road. We looked over in the meadow and there was a large herd of elk. One big bull and his harem of about  40 elk. Again, not a usual sight to see. Again, no photo. By this time of course, I am muttering to myself about how dumb I am.

Just before we got to the paved highway where the Laramie River crosses the road, a small herd of antelope had stopped for a drink in a section of the river that had ponded -- gorgeous reflections and all. Now I am truly kicking myself!

But I have the memories of all those encounters imprinted in my mind and maybe it's better than way.

The night before last we caught this cow moose by surprise with the game camera. And oh! I almost forgot that the day before this picture was taken we were sitting at the table eating dinner when Rick looked up and saw two moose -- one large female and a smaller one (but not a baby) -- walking through the meadow inbetween the trees. They moved so fast that there were gone before the realization that we had seen them set in. We are thinking that this moose might be the larger one that we saw.

Western clouds over the cabin.

We've been "remodeling" the inside of the cabin's living area. I was going to post that in this entry as well, but it's too much. Rick, however, did do a post with photos on his blog. You can find it here. One of the reasons why we went into Laramie again yesterday was to purchase the two bookcases we saw in Bart's Flea Market the day before. We needed to come home and see where we could fit the pieces. Brining them home sparked a "redo" of the living room area which we are really loving. We also rearranged the bedroom. We moved the Hoosier out from the wall and put it in the kitchen to break up the space and to have extra counter and storage space. So far it's working great!

The weather has been unseasonably warm since we've been here with days in the 70's and it even hit 84 degrees a couple of days ago! Last year we got snowed in. You just never know with the weather. I brought plenty of clothes for layering and have not worn a single one of them yet. The aspens change daily in all there gorgeous goldness.

Comments:

A moose! How exciting. I have never seen a moose in the wild and I would love to see one someday. (I’m not sure I’ve even seen one in captivity!)

The inside of the cabin looks great. I’ll have to click over to Rick’s blog at some point to check out the rest.

As for the battery—yeah, I’ve been in that situation too. And it IS agony. But like you said, sometimes having an inability to take pictures just allows you to sit and enjoy the passing view.

Love the way the cabin looks.  Its amazing how moving furniture around can do so much. It never came to my mind to put stuff somewhere but against a wall.  I might have to try that.  Love the cloud photo and the critter report.  How is it feeling being back….like home?

Thanks Debra, coming from someone who has seen whatthe inside looked like before! We were amazed at how much room it actuallly freed up by creating “rooms” with furniture. Yes, it feels like home. So much so that it’s hard to go back to NJ to “normal” life again.

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