Monday, September 17, 2007

12:50 pm Monday, September 17, 2007

Our next stop after we left Buffalo was Sundance, WY for two nights. It was a short travel day but we wanted to do some sightseeing on the way to Rapid City, SD. The buffalo jump was very interesting. I had anticipated a high cliff with a huge bowl at the bottom so it was a surprise when we drove up to this very small area.

Pronghorn antelope, wild turkeys and white tail deer were so plentiful on our travels that Phil nearly drove off the road many times as the sightings were around every corner. But we really got excited when he caught movement out of the corner of his eye across a large expanse of prairie. We turned around and drove back and using the binoculars, we found it was a large red fox jumping from prairie dog, rabbit or ground squirrel hole to hole (we have no idea which one) looking for his dinner. We watched him for 15 minutes and he was still working hard without success.

The next day the weather was not cooperating when we drove to Devil’s Tower but when we arrived the clouds lifted and cleared enough to get a pretty good picture. This monolith is a formidable piece of rock but the wind, rain and cold made closer examination too uncomfortable so we drove away with the lament, “I guess we will just have to come back!”

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