Home Again, Home Again

26 07 2008

We packed up and got on the road bright and early.  We were on a mission to find the burros for Jesse.  We drove up Iron Mountain Hwy to where we had seen them on Thursday, but there was no sign of them.  So we decided to try the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park again.  I’m so glad we did. 

Today the bison had moved and were right next to the road (and in the road).  It was up close and personal, I could even smell them.  I’d never heard them before this trip.  Nolan took  videos, most of them had enough breeze blowing in the microphone that you couldn’t hear the bison.  There is one video where the grunting is audible.  I cut a small clip from that video.

Here are just a sampling of the over 100 pictures we took of the bison.

So which is correct bison or buffalo? I found the answer here.  “The American Buffalo is not a true buffalo. Its closest relative is the European Bison or Wisent and the Canadian Woods Bison, not the buffalo of Asia or Africa, such as the Cape Buffalo or Water Buffalo. Scientifically, the American Buffalo is named Bison and belongs to Bovidae family of mammals, as do domestic cattle. Because our history has so ingrained in us the name “Buffalo”, we still use it, although “Bison” and “Buffalo” are used interchangeably.”

We did eventually find the burros again.  They were also along the road and in the road.  Jesse was making friends.  I’m not sure what he was saying to them, but he was shooing flies for at least one of them.  I’m confused on whether or not it is OK to feed the burros.  The Custer State Park says don’t feed the wildlife.  Yet the same brochure talks about visitors providing the burros a free lunch.  We had free breakfast at our hotel and the only fresh fruit was apples.  We took an apple each day and saved them for the burros.  They loved them.  They appeared to eat almost anything, but went for the apples faster than other food.

When we reached the end of the wildlife loop we decided to take a different route home.  We drove through Wind Cave National Park, but didn’t stop to see the cave.  We did see one lone bison in that park.  We also came across a Prairie Dog community that was close enough to the road to get some fair pictures.

I needed pictures of the prairie dogs just because the boys almost roll on the floor when they watch this video.  Why I’m not sure, but they do.

With the search for the burros, it was about noon when we actually headed for home.  We drove into the garage just a few minutes after 7:00pm.  This vacation was one that rates very near the top of our list.




2 responses

28 07 2008
Brenda J

Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! It is gorgeous here, and very different from the states around us– I’m glad you loved it!

I was in CA while you were here– next time give me a call and we’ll see if we can do something! Glad your leg is up to traveling again!

28 07 2008

Those are great photos.. I love the boys with the Burros – what a great memory!

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