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One of my pastimes when exploring the Black Hills, is to “chase buffalo”.  I do not leave the immediate vicinity of my Jeep though.  The buffalo may seem docile but this belief has injured and killed those who look on these creature as funny looking cows.  These animals can run at 35 mph and turn on a dime.  They do this by planting their front legs and swinging around, completing a 180 in an instant.  They can also jump a 6 foot fence without very much effort. Having worked among these majestic animals, I can tell you that the old belief from early explorers that the buffalo is more dangerous than a grizzly bear is true.  This shot was taken little too close.  The warning signs ( a certain sounding bellow and the tail raised high ) that I was beginning irritate his afternoon were given and shortly after the shutter clicked, he charged.

 

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Just finished another road trip. This expedition encompassing 2267.12 miles in 7 days with many stops along the way due to sleep deprivation, starvation and the financing of the major oil companies. The first leg of the journey was a straight run to the mountains around Beartooth, MT to look at some possible future landing sites for my fictitious retirement plans. Unfortunately, due to the record breaking snow melt and rain fall, most of the roads into these neck of the woods had become a rutted, muddy mess. Even with the Jeep in 4 wheel drive, a U-turn was necessary and the trip into this area had to be postponed until a later date. I did manage to find the other area of interest; that of an old mining claim close to a town called Twin Bridges, MT, albeit the endeavor was taking the back way into the Dixie Queen Mining Claim via the Burma Road. More mud, water and several moments where the Jeep wanted to slide over the embankment and into the Big Hole River, but, with some experience, a few quick prayers and a lot of luck, the Jeep did not get it’s way and plummet over the edge.

The next day it was back to Buffalo WY for a night at the Z-Bar Motel for a good night’s sleep in a cozy little log cabin. The following morning, a rapid drop down Rt 25 to Casper and west to Shoshone WY, located just south of Thermopolis WY, known for it’s hot spring mineral waters. This area, situated in between the Big Horn Mountains, The Shoshone National Forest and Bridger Teton National Forest has some serious possibilities. I plan on doing some serious research on this potential anchorage. Then it was then back to Kaycee WYfor some good old bluegrass/country at the Invasion Bar. Again and unfortunately, more rain and wind so the street dance fizzled to puddles and wet entertainers. In these situations, one goes with flow and another beer. After a night’s rest, it was back to SD to for some well deserved R & R and plotting some additional royalties to those oil company stockholders.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Big Timber, MT

 

Big Hole River, MT

 

Southern Big Horn Mtns.

 

Northern Big Horn Mtns..lots of snow.

 

West of Kaycee, WY, headed towards Mayoworth, WY.

                                                                   

ryeder

As always… the best of the best..and delicious, too.

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We all go through many changes in life as time passes and we become much more aware of just how weak the human body is and just how many aches and pains we have had given to us by age.  Many of these choices are for better health; such as quitting smoking, exercising, slowing down and smelling the roses and changing our diets.  Though these changes seem simple in the beginning, each has its own battle to fight.  They all take willpower and strength to succeed at, but if one is truly determined, they will succeed.  My present battle is quitting my cigars.  I began a regiment of Chantex and will power and it seems to be working.  I still have the desire to light up but not the over powering craving I used to have when attempting to quit many times throughout my life.  So far, so good.  I haven’t killed anyone…yet.

 

Once I overcome my weakness for cigars and they become part of my history, my next battle will be that of diet.  I have this weakness for greasy, fried food and have stated a millions times over that I actually do require a higher than normal dose of cholesterol to maintain my daily functions.  I have already realized and accepted that this battle will be much more difficult, as I have seen the crap they call health food.  I can guarantee that this psuedo-food will not become part of the equation and I will moderate my normal sustenance.  One of the dishes I will not abandon will be meat.  Chicken, pork, beef and buffalo.  I have found a company that offers exotics meats that will truly raise the bar on meats.  Meat has been a staple since we lived in caves, has been on my plate since early childhood and will remain a part of my diet right up until the end.

 

Rattlesnake, anyone? or how about: ostrich, wild boar, elk or numerous other tasty delights.  I have purchased several meats from Fossil Farms and the product/service are very good.   I have yet to order the rattlesnake but  I will let you know when I do rustle up a meal of beans, spuds and fried snake.  Oh, by the way, alligator is delicious.

ryeder

Fossil Farms

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Unlike me, it will improve with age.

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Well, we are back safe and sound, no major injuries, issues or behaviors.  Our first leg of the trip took us to Wall, South Dakota.  Home to the famous “Wall Drug.” One of the largest tourist traps this side of the Missouri.  One hour later, we continued west to Rapid City, bedded down at a local hotel and had some local cuisine.  I think my order was called something like, “Pants on fire.”  After a short sleep, we headed to Custer State Park, leaving Rapid the next morning at 5:30am so we could beat the traffic.  My plan did not work as expected.  79 South looked like the New Jersey Turnpike and the Wildlife Loop had vehicles backed up for miles.  We finally made our way to the North Parking area to meet up with some friends but we were told by a 90 lb. senior citizen to move on to the Southern Parking area, where our friends were not.  I think I could of taken her but then again, I didn’t need to embarrass myself in front of the girls.  Good role modeling, I told myself.  Anyway, we parked,  unloaded and hiked to what we assumed was a grand spot to watch the 2010 buffalo stampede. Out of the 1300 head that was rounded up, maybe 200 were actually herded down to appease the crowds.  It was at this moment that I finally realized that teenage girls do not have the same appreciation for participating in the semi-rugged outdoors.  The sound of the dusty wind, and a landscape polker dotted with buffalo chips did not make an impression.   Leaving the crowds behind, we visited Custer (actually we stopped at a c-store for pop) and continued our expedition to Crazy Horse Memorial and a visit at the Indian Museum of North America.   Again, I heard that our next trip should be a mall somewhere in Sioux Falls.  Off again and behind time, I did a slow drive by of Mount Rushmore, through Keystone and made our way to the Cosmos Mystery Area.  Here the girls showed some signs of life and seemed to enjoy the falling down part of the tour.  After becoming tired of falling down, we left this mystery area and drove to, of all places, McDonald’s for something to eat.  You did notice that I did not use the word “food.”  As it was getting late, I headed the mini bus into the darkening sky and drove the 3 hours back to Chamberlain.  As the stars brightened in a cloudless sky and with a movie playing, (the volume control at “my” fingertips), it was a somewhat peaceful end to an whirlwind adventure.

Do not be fooled with the smiles...

more buffalo…

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I am off on an adventure….be back soon….maybe.

“The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.”

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