Deer flies and bison bulls...24

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    Posted by Roadie ( on August 01, 2005 at 14:58:27:

    In Reply to: Back on familiar ground....23 posted by Roadie on August 01, 2005 at 14:55:25:

    Whenever I am near Hayden Valley thereís always another mystery in the back of my mind...I am continually wondering how and where General Howardís wagons ascended the plateau from Hayden Valley in 1877. This approach with the lengthening shadows provided a possibility. I was looking at it from the other side of the river on our Howard Eaton hike and Ballpark just rolled his eyes at me, with that "donít-you-ever-quit?" look... Wait, I canít think about that exploration, we are still stumped about this new Mary-Pack-Alum-Trout thing! This isnít the era of history that I usually dive into, but sure is intriguing!

    A few bison bulls were already lustily pursuing females, usually walking in the direction we needed to travel. We detoured and didnít exactly take the normal route out along the edge of the valley above Alum Creek. A large herd of bison grazed in the distance. I counted a group of 50, then eyeballed the remaining groups and came up with an estimate of 400 bison. Wouldnít Captain Anderson love those numbers for a single herd!

    Approaching wet areas near the Alum Creek / Violet Creek confluence the deer flies were vicious. It is 2 hours from Violet Creek to the trailhead and we will make it out in plenty of time. Gee, we could have gone farther west! But who knew?

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