Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Lovely Diversion

We were headed for the Red Wall to spend the night when we got caught in the middle of an unexpected and mighty thunderstorm. Wyoming weather can change in a split second and before you know it, hail the size of quarters can dent your car and pound your windshield. It's so loud it's scary.

We did an abrupt turn around, drove away from the storm and went south. We got the map out and Plan B took us on a different road, a long dirt road that ended up in one of the prettiest places I had ever laid eyes on. The mountains were emerald green, the creek flowed clear and fast, the aspens were as tall as the Empire State Building and the pine trees were healthy and full and smelled so darn good. Our teepee tent looked like it belonged in that forest and C and I felt right at home, immediately.

Beavers make their home in these mountains, too. We had the pleasure of watching one forage around his very own pond, diving underwater for leaved branches then emerging, dripping wet, nibbling and gnawing away and then repeating these moves. We sat there for an hour watching, in awe, this luxurious little beast.

I thought by now I knew where every wild horse ran in the state of Wyoming. Their secret is out. I found you! Mustangs in all their glory. They've got thousands of acres of lushness and views and trees to duck under when they need to. There is plenty of room to buck and run and the widest blue sky hovering over them.

I'm making this herd my own. This new discovery, this land not far from my house, these wild animals that live and breathe and play, this untouched forest, was all a miracle to be found.

Detours. Gotta love 'em.

 

 

18 comments:

  1. Talk about the roads less traveled....you found one, woman! What a beautiful adventure! Love those photos of the beavers....framed up, they could be a little series of prints. Just sayin' ....
    xoxo

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    1. I thought of you when I posted that very first picture of the long dirt road! Yep, this looks like Sagey's kind of road!
      The beaver images. I've got a series alright. There are literally 25 shots of this hard working, adorable thing! xoxo

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  2. I am absolutely loving your new discovery. Your very own herd of wild horses. Looking forward to seeing them for myself one day x

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    1. You must come out, horse crazy cousin o' mine!!! Xo

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  3. The photos are wonderful and the wild horses!!! You'll have to tell me where you found them (unless you want to keep them your secret)! The beavers, pronghorn, aspen, larkspur, your tipi tent and the moon through the trees - happiness makers. I've been insanely busy lately but had a couple hours this afternoon to hike and sketch - gotta do that stuff to stay sane.

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    1. I had a feeling you've been busy. Hopefully doing things you don't mind so much. Summertime up there is 'get 'er done' time. This I know.
      Of course I'm going to tell you all about the horse discovery in a letter! It's really not a secret. Others know about these wild hooves. I just had no idea they were so close to my house!
      Good for you, taking time to sketch and exhale in the woods. I should follow suit. ;) xx

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  4. the view is so so so stunning!!!! and who don't love that kind of adventure. i wish i could spend more time on camping and getting lost some where, tehee. glad that you guys didn't get in much trouble for the thunderstorm.

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    1. Niken! It's easy to get lost out here. ;) you should come visit.
      Meanwhile, are you bicycling around your pretty land, enjoying espresso and perhaps taking it easy? Huh? Watch your mailbox. :)

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  5. wat woon je toch in een heerlijk land en wat een plezier beleef je er aan geweldig.

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  6. Translation
    Dit is een wilde en fantastische plek! im altijd verrast door wat ik zie om elke hoek, lijkt het. dank u voor uw aanwezigheid hier. x

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  7. WOW I bet you are glad for that storm now since it led you to this amazing diversion. These photos are stunning. I cannot wait to visit out west someday. I love that picture of the beaver in the water.

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    1. Hey Keith. That beaver was such a joy to see! They are bigger than I'd imagined. I've encountered numerous beavers already this summer. I'm almost wondering if that isn't my new animal spirit! ;)

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  8. What an incredible treat...so glad places like this exist and to me they are so out of reach...give those beavers a little hello from me xx

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    1. I will! I'm sure I will be paying them a visit again soon!
      These places. They are incredible. And so untouched. xx

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  9. i appreciate you finding more ponies for me….

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    1. Oh yes, dear. I'm holding onto some specials ones, JUST FOR YOU.
      Pick a color, any color. ;) xxO

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  10. It's been too long since I've come here to see what you've seen, and read how your heart felt.
    It's good to be here now, and see that your heart is strong.
    These are beautiful! That place is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks B. Your words are eloquent and genuine and I love to see you here! xx

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