2020 · March

Bison, Pronghorn, Bighorn, Oh My.

Hello, Readers!

I have to say I didn’t get anything accomplished yesterday when it came to any business things. The day started off with my son puncturing his ear drum. After that, my little sister and I went hiking on Antelope Island here in Utah.

It was so much fun. I took a ton of pictures which I plan to share here, but haven’t had a chance to transfer them over from the camera. While we didn’t get to see any of the pronghorn that live there or the Bighorn, we saw a ton of the bison. In fact, there was a herd of them crossing the road we were trying to drive, so we got to see them up close.

I don’t think I ever realized the sheer size of them until that point. They can weigh like 800 to 1,000 lbs. They run at speeds of 40 mph. Not to mention they actually have warning signs of what to do if a bison locks eyesight with you. You have to keep staring at it and back away slowly. They even recommend you don’t get closer than 40 feet to them.

While we didn’t have much of a choice in some situations like when we drove by a herd that had just finished crossing the road, only to run into another herd in the middle of crossing, for the most part, we heeded these warnings. There have been instances where people don’t follow these and the bison have got them.

My little sister wasn’t sure if we’d see any because they round up the bison during the winter and vaccinate them. However, there were loads out there, so they are let loose now. It was crazy and so much fun to see them out there just living it up. They were loosing their winter fur so parts were the brown shag of their winter fur and others were the sleeker black of their warmer weather fur.

Turns out that bison have incredible eyesight, so you really have to be careful. At the visitors center there they have displays and such to tell you about the animals you will find there on the island, which is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake. While it doesn’t contain as much water as what I remember growing up, it certainly isn’t as low as it has been in the past. There were actually boats allowed to be there at the docks, instead of the water level being too low for them.

It was a beautiful day out there and it was great to catch up with my sister. We ended up hiking a total of 6.5 miles for the entire day. I fell asleep a few moments after getting home and other than waking up for dinner, due to the hubby man waking me up, I slept until five in the morning. That is a record for me.

Today, I found so much energy that I scrubbed down the whole house, which included cleaning closets. By the time I sat down to relax it was dinner time. Now, I’m sitting here trying to catch up on work and try to transfer over pictures to share with you all.

Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.

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