Today I had spent a wonderful day in the Dryhead with Kim Michels and her friend, Bobbie. It was a picture perfect day with the amazing scenery of the Canyon area all around us and the big, blue sky above. One of my main reasons for the day’s return trip was to see is Seneca and Hightail had returned to Hickok. It didn’t take long at all to drive into the Range and see the three of them standing in one of their favored spots just north of the highway. I have been experimenting with my camera a bit, and unfortunately didn’t get many decent pictures of the three of them. But we can rest assured that the three of them are safe.
Just as we approached the turnoff to Devil’s Canyon we had a wonderful opportunity to see a pair of Big Horn Sheep. It is really a treat to see Big Horns.
The trip continued through the winding road between the Overlook and Mustang Flats. Just as we were heading up the hill before the Flats, we came upon Blizzard and his band moving in the same direction. Even though I had spent time with them yesterday, it was very special seeing the young one again today.
A bicycle rider was heading up the highway at this time. This caught the attention of the horses and gave us a good glimpse of the “flight” mechanism of the wild horses when danger is present…real or perceived.
Bakken quickly took La Niña up the hill.
At the top of the hill, she paused and seemed to check out the situation. She positioned herself between the foal the the bicyclist. Note how her eyes and ears stay fixed on her surroundings.
The mares and the fillies disappeared into the next draw. Blizzard followed behind and stayed alert as if to ensure safety for the band.
We left Blizzard and continued to the Mustang Flats kiosk. The familiar black horses were spotted in the same vicinity of yesterday. A nice hike brought us to the band of brothers. Seattle definitely has a strong legacy on the Dryhead with these four.
Issaquah and Chief Joseph were resting side by side near a juniper bush. They show a nearly identical resting pattern. Issaquah and Chief Joseph are both the offspring of Bakken.
Johnston and Hawk were a short distance from their brothers. These two are the offspring of Cascade.
They both had a curiosity about us and provided some good opportunities for photos.
The day’s journey continued…a short distance down the road brought us to Fiero and his mares.
Sacajawea noticed something to the west of the band. She is an alert mare and doesn’t miss much.
Off to our left we found out what had caught Sacajawea’s attention. A beautiful mule deer buck emerged from the nearby juniper bushes.
The day in the Dryhead was coming to an end. But as we neared the State Line we had a bonus of seeing a band of Big Horn Sheep near the side of the road. This could be the same ram we had seen earlier in the day. Now there were several ewes and lambs with him.
A very special day…filled with the beauty of the land and the animals that live there.