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Western Adventure – Day 11

They say that the unexpected adventures are part of the joy of travel. It’s possible, but I don’t think that’s going to do much to persuade me that today was worth it. Today was the final day of the Peggy Judy workshop, and Peggy had arranged for us to have a “cowboy” photo shoot at a ranch down in the…

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Western Adventure – Day 10

Again, the focus of the day was the painting workshop. More about that in a minute. But Key and I did take a little birding expedition after the workshop and before dinner, so I have a few photos to show. There was also a reservoir with an abundance of waterfowl, but there was no way to get close enough (at…

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Western Adventure – Day 9

It’s a pretty, boring post today. It was the first day of the Peggy Judy workshop and I forgot to take pictures of the paintings I worked on. You’ll have to settle for a few photos of the scenery nearby. I’ve all but decided to skip the Moab/Arches/Canyonland leg of the journey. Word is that there isn’t a lot of…

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Western Adventure – Day 8

Well, we’re here. In the southwest part of Colorado. Our southern-most port. And I’m glad to land for a few days. The big birding stop of the day was Highline Lake State Park. It’s so hot that the pickings are slim. Just to check, I looked at eBird tonight and it confirms that June is one of the worst months…

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Western Adventure – Day 7

Dirt roads. No internet signal (so no maps.) A very long day. We hit the road early today to a lovely sunrise. The goal for the day was Seedskadee NWR. When we were almost there, we came across Fontenelle Reservoir, where several American white pelicans were hanging out. They still have their breeding humps, which is a fun  reference to get.…

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Western Adventure – Day 6

Ah, Yellowstone day. The day I felt most nervous about. So nervous, in fact, that I woke up at 4:30 am (not planned) and was on the road by five. The first excitement came with a set of dancing bison. This group was obviously young bachelors who were head butting and running about in a circle. I may have to…

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Western Adventure – Day 5

This morning I loaded up the last minute items and was on the road by 6:30. It’s hard to tell, from a map, what kind of drive to expect. Things will estimate distances, but there are still a lot of unknowns. I headed south, and for the first time drove through “the big hole”, which for some reason I thought…

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Western Adventure – Day 4

And thus, the final day in Hamilton. Everyone headed to church, but because I have Key, I didn’t want to leave him in the car and went back to the Lee Metcalf refuge. From there we took a drive out to where some of Mom and Dad’s ashes are spread, which is a pretty drive. Hamilton is buzzing because the…

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Western Adventure – Day 3

Now settled in at Hamilton, for the next couples of days, it was mostly about fun. Key and I took a walk in the morning (while still cool) then met a friend of my mom’s (and me) to look at horses… …. and then the Lee Metcalf refuge… … and then more horses! After that, it was mostly visiting with…

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Western Adventure – Day 2

Friday morning Key and I woke up and quickly hit the road again. I wanted to hit the National Bison Range (north) before heading further south to see my friends. The range is one of my favorite places in Montana and I’m glad I made the effort to see it. From there I headed down to see family friends. These…

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