Being able to see wildlife out in their natural habitat
has ruined the entire zoo experience for us. . .
It just doesn’t get any better than this. . .
but first to get the Castle all situated at
Game Lodge Campground – Custer State Park
50A – electric only site
and then off to drive the Wildlife Loop – first sighting – Pronghorn (Antelope)
Deer – of course
the Wild Burros
several young ones. . .this one kicking up his heels. . .
and of course one beggar. . .
one sad lone buffalo. . .definitely male. . .banished I guess.
and when we were almost back to the rig. . .this beautiful little fawn.
Of course you can tell this photo is cropped and pixelated. . .but still beautiful.
this chattery little squirrel at the campground. . .
But of course that’s not all. . .
the next day we were talking to the park host,
and told them we had not found the buffalo herd. . .
so he got on the radio, and got their location. . .
Fisherman Flats. . .here we go!
First, we found the buffalo traffic jam on Wildlife Loop Road. . .
having a really good scratch on the railing. . .ahh that feels good!
but. . .thanks to a fabulous park host and the ranger. . .
we know the secret place. . .
there are literally hundreds of them in every direction. . .
practicing? LOL. . .looked a little young for the real thing.
Every year Custer State Park has a buffalo roundup. . .
the buffalo are auctioned off to private enterprises
to maintain the health of the herd. . .
I would think the rut would start pretty soon. . .
wonder if they schedule the roundup before that happens?
this year it will start on September 26. . .
wish we could be here to see it. . .
but alas. . .reservations must be made WAY in advance.
these guys are massive
the head Mamba Jamba. . .trust me. . .he had the goods to prove it!
cute calf. . .
nothing interrupts nursing time. . .
rubbing, and rubbing, and rubbing his little nubs against the dirt bank. . .
they must have been itching
ain’t nothing like a good dust bath. . .
but that’s still not all. . .
driving the Needles Highway on Wednesday,
we see this turkey with her brood, which are not visible. . .
and then, once again. . .almost back to the campground. . .
there are a herd of Bighorn Sheep grazing on the lawn at the General Store. . .
this guy doesn’t seem very old. . .but he was definitely in charge of his wimmen. . .ha ha!
What a fabulous time we’ve had at Custer State Park. . .
this is ONLY the wildlife we’ve seen. ..
We still haf’ta show you the Iron Mountain and Needles Highway. . .
absolutely spectacular. . .
See you next time on the Iron Mountain Highway. . .
so we can show you our spectacular views of Mt Rushmore. . .
Janice and Dave