I decided to try a new route home from Adobe Town, and took the Wamsutter-Crooks haul road. I was not sure what I would find for the road, but it was in excellent condition. Even with a thunderstorm toward the northeast, I was not worried. It had a good base and was practically a highway by Wyoming backroads standards. I camped near the Mineral X road intersection and continued North in the morning.
I am not sure where any of the boundaries for HMA’s are in this area. The map on the BLM site is a very broad map which doesn’t show details. Several of the HMA’s border each other and the horses can travel between them. I am hoping that one day they release a map with detailed borders, but until then I may place horses in some of the wrong HMA’s. The first bands I saw were right near the intersection of Hadsell Road, which I am pretty sure puts them in Lost Creek HMA. With the clouds, the light was still low when I began but picked up by the later pictures. Most of this post will be horse pictures, with only a litle commentary after this to introduce where each set was taken.
A little further up the road I came across a band being dogged by a bachelor. I can’t remember now exactly where I was, but I am pretty sure I was north of Lost Creek, but not to Crooks yet and east of Antelope Hills. I am not even sure this group was inside an HMA boundary, but they were wild. The bachelor that was following is the beautiful tobiano.
As I approached Crooks, there were some horses to the East side of the road. There is fence there and I believe it may be private, but some of the horses look like the may have been wild at one time, or maybe still are because the fence looked spotty and passable in places.
While there were more horses a little further north and east on the hill, I decided to focus on the group west of the road inside the fence that I believe marks the boundary for Crooks Mountain. I walked down the ridge and took some pictures of Romeo and everyone else down below unnoticed. I normally would have stayed on the ridge and observed for a long time, but I could see a rainbow to the West. This prompted me to move for two reasons. One, if I could quietly get down the hill and east of Romeo and the other horses, then I could get pictures of them with the rainbow behind. Second, a rainbow to the west meant rain was coming my way, and I knew I would have to try and get back to the FJ before it reached or got bad so my camera didn’t get wet. Of course the horses saw me, so I only got a pair of pictures with the edge of the rainbow and Romeo and the horses all moved away. Maybe I should have waited on the ridge, but sometimes you have to make a decision and it doesn’t always work like you planned.
I did run to the top of Green Mountain before running home, but it was covered in fog too thick to get any pictures. Coming down on the West loop I did see 6 horses, 3 on the left of a fence and 3 to the right. I do not know if either or both sets were wild.