3.23.2018

Wyoming Road Trip

Hubby and I are visiting Addy and her family in Colorado for a mini vacation. 


 Acting silly, waiting for lunch

Today we took a road trip to Wyoming, about an hour away, to visit a bison ranch. 

 Lunch was bison burgers and bison tri-tip - yummmmm

Even though Terry’s Bison Ranch has been around for well over 100 years - Teddy Roosevelt visited in 1903 and 1910 - none of us had ever been here before, including Addy’s daddy who’s a Colorado native. 

 Giant jack-a-lope sighting!

This place is probably packed during the summer, but on a windy, rainy Friday afternoon we had it mostly to ourselves.



The ranch has a variety of animals -



including this very opinionated, irate turkey slowly making his way up the road - 



but the big draw is a sloooooow train ride out to feed and photograph bison.

 

It was amazing.



We were the train’s only passengers and our guide was in no rush, 



so we spent a good 25-30 minutes, 



with windows down and the door open, 



feeding these big guys and gals.



This one was the boss and he made sure he got the majority of the pellets, chasing off anyone that got too close.



He wasn’t the biggest though - that honor goes to his brother, 



who used to be the boss,



until the day he went to the barn for shots and a check-up



and came back to find little brother had usurped him.

 Baby bison!

We also saw a herd (caravan?) of camels but didn’t stop to feed them. Maybe because they spit? And who wants to clean that up? Interesting fact: that split upper lip allows each side of a camel’s mouth to work independently.


Despite all the animals, Addy’s favorite part of the ride was crossing from Wyoming into Colorado, then going around a short bend to cross back into Wyoming.



All in all, it was a fun afternoon. Lunch was great, the guide was interesting, and being that close to bison was awesome. Definitely worth the hour’s drive. 

 Ride ‘em, cow bison girl!