wildlife

Aug. 22, 2021

Bike ride saves. I stop to help some things cross the road, this was a first for me, a hickory horned devil – had to Google it – “Mature hickory horned devil caterpillars are quite large and can grow up to 5.5 inches (14 cm) long. Overall the caterpillar resembles a ferocious dragon, but it is not dangerous or harmful. The spines are not poisonous and not very sharp.” Wish I had known that, I helped it with a stick, would have loved to hold it….

June 27, 2021 – Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Before the trip, I researched, ask friends and looked at maps, my buddy JD said stop at Palo Duro Canyon State Park if near Amarillo, Texas.

We tried all day to get a camp spot there, but could never get anyone to answer, but we still went and drove the loop…

Hiked to the big cave

One of the things I wanted to see on the trip was a wild tarantula, leaving the park, I spotted one in the road

very cool

Finally it had enough of photos and went to attack/defense mode.

June 19, 2021

Busy day. Started with a sunrise ride at RAT

Then off-roading Engineer Pass

Michael Breen Mine ruins

As we got above the tree line and onto the shelf road, a hail storm hit – Watch the video here

but it cleared up on top, notice the hail on the windshield. Lunch spot!

Since the pass isn’t the top of Engineer Mountain, we hiked last 1/4 mile up to the 13,218 foot summit.

The actual pass…

A waterfall

Ute Ulay ghost town

A big hole in the dam

We took the long way home, something like 12 hours over the mountain and through the woods.

Two majestic elk and one derpy elk

June 18, 2021

I will stop every time for a moose picture

We were heading to Montrose to get groceries and get James’s truck tires balanced when I saw this guy on the road, I immediately knew he was a cyclist and thought he had been hit, we did a U turn and were the second and third to stop, guy had a major concussion and scrapes. He hit that pot hole (painted) and launched. As we were keeping him still, holding up shade and waiting for emergency folks we asked if he was local, he said where am I? He was from Iowa… I guess someone made a call and by the time I passed this again, a road crew was fixing these massive pot holes…. this is why cyclists ride to the left of the white line and not on the shoulder…

Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) mountain bike trails, this was my favorite rides of the trip, it starts with a 20 minute climb of switchbacks up the mountain and then super flow-y and fun trails!

Sept. 27, 2020

It took awhile in the dark last night, but I found this spot in the national forest to camp.

The first elk sighting of the day, there were several cars stopped on the road, so I left the truck running and walked up to get a better angle when I hear… “dog” I turn to see Kodak chasing full speed across the field toward this elk (She jumped from an open window) she either:

A. heard me and listened when I said stop

or

B. thought better of the outcome

But didn’t get all the way to the scene of the goring.

A nice walk, more elk, a good early morning.

After making breakfast, I decided to run Hurricane Creek, I was a little nervous running it solo, but ran into a small group of Toyotas and tagged along.

My first off-roading trip in Pongo and she is amazing, walked up everything and the trail is way more eroded than my last visit.

Anytime I am this close, I will always do the Max Patch loop hike!

Kodak looks around an old house

The walls were covered in newspaper and in some places wall paper.

Drive more random dirt roads before the long ride home.