Petrified woodThroughout the hike, we were buzzed by a low-flying Cessna. I would have found it annoying but I knew that it was the wildlife biologist doing an elk survey, and it was so windy I couldn't enjoy any kind of peace and quiet anyway.
Bison got in the way several times, forcing us to detour. I don't trust them one bit to tolerate me walking near them. One detour led us to the Wannagan Seeps, a muddy watering hole that comes out of nowhere. I had to find a way for us to get through a steep section, so I followed the animal trails, which led right to the water source. I suppose for an animal in this environment, that source of water is a welcome relief.
We saw several grouse and a couple prairie falcons. Perhaps the most exciting thing we saw was a group of 250 to 300 sandhill cranes migrating north.
In other news, ticks are a nuisance. So far none has lived long enough on me to get attached, but finding one in my bedsheets was disturbing. That'll teach me to leave my hiking pants laying in the bedroom.
Lastly, the 4-H program in Bowman, ND was cancelled, at least for me. Not enough kids signed up for my program, which is unsurprising since I was up against "Air Rifle." I don't want to think about how many hours and how much paper I wasted putting together that program. What am I going to do with a life-size track plot of a wolf loping after a running elk? I demand that North Dakota State University reimburse the taxpayers!