Buffalo Hunting

Today we went on an outing. A friend posted some photos on Facebook a month or so ago of buffalo, and told me approximately where the ranch on which the buffalo live was, so we headed out to find out just where it is the buffalo roam.

We went to the designated road. We drove and drove.

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We found a marsh, the Klamath Marsh to be specific, with mountains with a bit of snow left in the background.

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In that marsh were some Wocus plants now past their prime and a log on which flowers were growing.

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There were a few waterfowl in the marsh, I know not what kind this one is. He blended very well, so perhaps he is a stealth waterfowl.

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Alongside the marsh canal there were many types of wildflowers growing. We found all of those things and off in the distance now and then we saw cows. But no buffalo. So we drove on. Until we looked at the gas gauge and realized that somebody’s mother obviously had an optimistic viewpoint of how far 1/2 tank of gas would take us. Then we found

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the Klamath Marsh Wildlife Refuse headquarters. Perhaps they could tell us where to find the buffalo ranch. The sign said “Office Open Intermittently”. This was not one of those mittents. Decision made to err on the side of caution so we turned around and drove and drove, but when we reached the highway once again, we turned north instead of south which would take us homeward.

As far north as it would have been south had we headed that way, we found a gas station.

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The car had its belly filled and we all felt better. Next door

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was a sign commanding us to eat. Being of obedient natures, and since the car was satiated, we felt we should follow that instruction. And ask a question about the buffalo ranch. As a result we got somewhat new instructions as well as the name of the ranch and after eating a sort-of-healthy lunch, we headed off – south. The direction from whence we came.

When we saw the sign that said Bar Y Ranch we turned on to a gravel road and drove a mile or so. Whoops! The road forked, which way to go. Straight, we decided. Which took us to this gate

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But it said “No Trespassing” and since we have an innate fear of being shot at, captured and tied to stakes in the sun and waterboarded, we opted to go back and try the other fork.

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Hmm. A cell tower. Not a buffalo ranch. But good news here – Kat was able to get online on her smart phone because it’s hard not to get a signal when you’re sitting right below the cell tower, unlike in the restaurant where it denied her the ability to do any Googling – which, by the way, really puts a crimp in conversations when we have questions. Ahha, the No Trespassing gate was the gate to the ranch, so back we went.

To arrive just in time to see the Ranch Security guy locking up the gate but he came over to see if he could help us. Turns out the buffalo are apparently out on the summer range – off the road we first went on, but far away from the road. So no buffalo sightings for us on this day. We did have a ride and got lunch – AND – had sightings of what we suspect might be creatures from another planet.

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The first creature, who strongly resembles Kat, was found in the middle of a road meditating. Silly silly thing! Apparently on its planet they do not have traffic on roads.

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The creature with its mother – apparently mothers on that planet have very fine, very thin hair which likes to stand up in the breeze. But it looks like the creature and its mother love one another.

Although we did not find buffalo, there were other interesting sights to see and to share with you.

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About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 2 dogs, 1 cat, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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16 Responses to Buffalo Hunting

  1. I love this best of all! What a wonderful whimsical piece. As with all best friends, the destination is not nearly so important as the journey–and who you are with.

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  2. Love this tall tale!! It’s very cute! You must have had fun writing it… šŸ™‚

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  3. Heather says:

    Great story! Sometimes the things that don’t go at all as planned are the most fun. Love the aliens. They really do look like they love one another.
    Oh, and I might have skipped the kind of healthy lunch in favor of advertised pie šŸ˜‰

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  4. Sheri says:

    I agree that today was one of your greater stories. (I also agree to skipping lunch and just eating pie!!)

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  5. suzicate says:

    Awe, the pic of you and Kat is lovely.
    No buffalo, but what a great day of adventure and fun for you guys!

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  6. Angelia Sims says:

    I think Buffalo Hunting with Mom would be a GREAT day. Love the photos. The refuge looks gorgeous. And you two ladies took a precious picture to complete the grand outing. šŸ™‚

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  7. FANTASTIC. Absolutely FANTASTIC! I love, Love, LOVE this post and the photographs!

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    These are great photos. I love the meditating in the road perfect in all aspects.

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  9. Fabulous! Thanks for allowing us along for the journey šŸ™‚

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  10. Lynne Ayers says:

    Love this Carol, including the self-deprecating humour at the end. You brought smiles and what a great day for the creature and her mother.

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  11. OMGosh Carol the Klamath basis? That’s in my neck of the woods, well sort of. If you’re talking about the same Klamath I am. I suppose ther could be another Klamath that seems like the what we have here in my native state. Interesting.
    Ni buffalo though, bummer. Road Trip, always exciting and fun! Thanks for sharing Carol. ~ BB

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  12. Karma says:

    I love this post. Nothing like an adventure, even if the buffalo eluded you. The alien creatures are wonderful, and I liked your stealth waterfowl too.

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  13. Joanne says:

    What an adventure! At least you will know where to find the buffalo next time the urge for adventure takes hold. My favourite photo has got to be the alien and its mother, love it! šŸ™‚

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  14. Colleen says:

    Carol, adding my appreciation. Loved reading this!

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