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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
I left Ahnya to eat lunch while i made a side trip for a lonely horse.
When I came back, she was taking pictures of Galaxy and Hernando’s groups.
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.