Easter Weekend 3 – Saturday

Saturday morning was the first time in a long time that I was woken up by the sound of horses outside my camp area. It was great to hear that again. The horses had moved a little as none had visited us the day before, but they were all still in the same general area from the first guzzler on the right out to Burnt Timber Canyon. It was Galaxy’s group that had moved through camp, and we could see Cloud over to ou left. Cappuccino’s had appeared to move to the front ridges.

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We decided to drive a little and see if we could see anyone new.  We were able to find Jackson’s band.  It was good to see Jackson, and even without Heritage and Jasmine he still has a nice sized band.  In my opinion, Firestorm looks pregnant. I would say Brumby does also, but she has burned me before.  Galena didn’t look as much like she was to me.

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Also in the area was Mescalero again.  Half Moon probably isn’t pregnant as Mescalero tried to breed her.  The look on her face didn’t seem impressed, and Missoula came over to say he wasn’t, either.

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On the way home, we routed by McCullough Peak HMA.  We were able to find a band near the road.  The mares were Tecumseh’s, but a black horse that may be Saguaro was leading them and fighting off another stallion.

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While we could see some horses out in an area I have not learned the roads to yet, we were able to find one lone stallion before heading home.

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Easter weekend 2 – Orlando/Oscar

A special post that is mainly about 1 horse, which I am sure many will be fine with many.  I was pretty sure that the band I could see at the end of Turkey Flats was Garcia’s and that there was afoal, but I had to hike out and check for sure.  I was able to spend enough time with the band to see the foal pee, and when it went to the familiar position my male dog uses I knew it was a colt (or a very confused filly).

While I had an idea for a filly when Sandy did “the name game” post, I had not come up with a colt name for Greta/Garcia. I am not sure if colts defer to the father’s naming instead of Gretat’s movie star origins.  I think the best to fit both would be Orlando.  Orlando is a spanish name, to go with Garcia.  It could also be Orlando Bloom for Greta’s side.  I know he is not classical like Greta Garbo, Belle Star, Norma Jean etc- but for people of my generation, anyone that was both Legolas and Will Turner in two blockbuster series has pretty good credentials.  Orlando also means “famed land” or similar.  Knowing Garcia’s groups and how they always seem to find their own little hiding spots, this can fit, too.  So 90% of me says “Orlando”.  My first thought was actually to give Greta a second honorary “Oscar” since she never won one for her roles.  Any thoughts?

Without further adieu, the pictures you have been waiting for:

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I left the colt to sleep, and hiked back to the parking area.  After all of the morning hiking we decided to check the park out.  Little did I know it then, but I was very close to seeing a second foal.  We did spot Fiero, but decided not to hike out and see his band.

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The last group we saw before heading to town for subs and then back up to our camping spot on Burnt Timber was Blizzard, who I had not seen in a while.

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Easter weekend 1

Easter weekend marks one of the few spring weekends when I do not have either academic team or middle school track on the weekend, so Ahnya and I decided to run over to the Pryor range after swim lessons Thursday night.  Awaking to my normal school schedule on Friday, I decided to let Ahnya sleep a little longer while I took a quick hike out ot the Big Lick and water guzzler.  The first horse I encountered was Cloud.  I saw his band a lot the  2 days in the area, so most of these pictures of them are not from the early morning visit.

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Ona  hill a little above the lick was Cappuccino’s band.  It was larger than I am used to, but I knew I had seen updates where he added members here and there.  Jackson often seems to lose a girl or two in the spring, but then seems to get them back by the time things settle down for the summer.

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A quick check of the guzzler revealed Galax’s group.  Since I had seen them the last time out, I didn’t take many pictures Image

 

I did see some groups waaayyyy out on the other side of Burnt Timber Canyon, in what may be called area Q.  I knew I didn’t have time to hike to them since I wanted to get back and wake Ahnya up.  I could see the area from a few different locations over the next day, and I am pretty sure that 1 group was Bolder’s and Tecumseh was also dogging Gringo through there.

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We were able to drive to just below Cheyenne Flats.  Someone had pushed through the drift right below it, but it didn’t seem worth it, so we just hiked from there.  We saw a grulla/o from the road, but never found it while hiking. I also could not find any horses across on the Sykes side.

On our way back down we encountered 2 tracked orv’s heading up to work on the weather station near Penn’s ( interagency fire).  We found the 2 guys hiking down the road later in the day because their 2 machines kept getting bogged down in the heavier, melting snow up top as the day warmed.  They broke both and had to hike back down.  We gave them a lift the last mile or so to their truck.

At the first guzzler to the right was Mescalero and part of Teton’s band.  I remembered Sandy talking about Mescalero and Teton last year, and while it didn’t happen right away it now seemed like a foreshadowing of the current situation.

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Snce I had seen most of the horses out near the BTC guzzler and lick, plus some new horses seemed to be moving in from up above, we decided to hike out to it for lunch.  The new horses turned out to be another splinter from Teton’s band, Phoenix and War Bonnet with Hernando.

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I left Ahnya to eat lunch while i made a side trip for a lonely horse.

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When I came back, she was taking pictures of Galaxy and Hernando’s groups.

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We finished lunch and then decided to drive down and check out the Sykes side of the range, after a quick jog out  to the end of Turkey Flats which is probably the highlight of the trip.

Spring Break 4 –

With an obligation to the History Bowl on the last Saturday of our spring break, Thursday was the last day I was able to spend in the basin before heading home.  Having camped at the campground on the way to Barry’s Landing, I was able to drive though the range one last time to look for horses.  I had seen some in the Mustang Flats area while heading to the campground Tuesday night, and it was my good luck that they had moved down to the road to see me off.   It was Issaquah, Chief Joseph and Fiero (who was left behind by the younger two).

They actually were using the road to move from the flats back toward the overlook.  When driving in the park, you really need to be careful and drive he speed limit ( or slower) because the horses are often on the road and you can be surprised as you come around a curve.  I would drive well ahead of them and then wait to make sure they made it to the next section safely; and to slow down any vehicles that may have come through.

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As I waited for them at the Sullivan’s Knob parking area, I noticed a lone horse out in an area to the south of it.  I like the canyons and valleys in that area, and have fond memories of watching Sam and Hightail there, so I decided to go for a little hike.  This summer I would really like to explore some of the side canyons that lead down into the main canyon more.  First things first, I did stop to check on Seattle.

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Then I continued on toward the main canyon.  Some of the side canyons are pretty deep themselves, holding trees and probably a lot of wildlife that gets overlooked.  Of course, getting up and down many of them would be a challenge, if not impossible.

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 My favorite find on the hike was the tinycanyon wrens that were flitting about.

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The biggest surprise was as I left the park, right after crossing out of the wild horse range.  I noticed something in the tall grass to the left of the road, and stopped to figure out what it was because I knew it wasn’t a deer.   It was a moose.  While I see moose often in the mountains, what made this a surprise is where it was.  I had never seen a  moose in the BCNRA before.

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Since 14A is still closed and I have to drive down to Greybull, I decided to check out McCullough Peaks quick.  The water was running across the road at Whistle Creek, so I decided to just watch them from afar and leave hiking and exploring for a future time.  I was able to see a few back across the creek from the road, as well as an eagle on the gravel pile.

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As I left Greybull on the way home I stopped at the river to survey the ice that was piled along the sides, and wondered what the flooding might be like if all of the snow still on the mountain melts off quickly.

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