Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Friday, March 17, 2017

Early Morning Elk (and Pronghorns)

Posted by: Lynne

The other day we had to be in town very early for a vet appointment. We left the house at 7:00 a.m. and with Daylight Savings time in place, it wasn't fully light yet. Just as we passed the Wooden Shoe ranch where we pick up our mail, we turned onto Sand Creek Road and spotted this large herd of elk.

Of course, when they realized we had seen them they started to run. Lucky for us they ran in our direction.

As they approached the road from our right and were about to run across in front of us, a small herd of antelope were running towards us on the left. The elk crossed the road from right to left and the antelope started to cross from left to right. The scene was pretty chaotic for a few minutes, until the antelope figured they were outnumbered and turned around and followed the elk instead of sticking to their original plan.

Not long after they had all crossed the road, the antelope gave up and let the elk go on about their business.

It made getting up that early worth every minute.


That is the kind of traffic congestion we all like. Notice one still has his antlers, and great shot showing why they are called “Wapiti” - white butt. Linda and I are getting ‘cabin fever’ with this summer like weather down in the ‘banana belt’.

Hi Folks and thanks again for a nice picture of your world and a glimpse into my past as well.
The old bishop is dead now but in his later years I took him from Bend, Oregon where I lived at the time, to Boise Idaho where his brother still lived.  We crossed the desert, farm lands and mountains from Bend, to Burns to Ontario and finally Boise.  Out in the high desert plateau it was not uncommon to see herds of many hundreds of antelope.  They grazed in small patches of 10 or 20, with various patches scattered over fields for 20 miles or more.
When I was a kid growing up in far eastern Oregon, Baker, we would often see herds of elk just like those you photographed.  They would come down out of the mountains in winter and try to snatch bailed hay out of the various ranchers neatly stacked preserves. 
Fun memories, thanks.


Chuck, as to the antler on that one buck ... I am thinking they are brand new rather than leftover from last year. They are pretty wimpy and look like two twigs stuck on top of his head. I didn’t know Wapiti meant white butt ... interesting. The only way for you to get over cabin fever is to come up for a weekend and get it out of your system. Stop on over when you do come up!

Tom , yet another great story from you. Do tell, who is the “Bishop”?


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