Thursday, October 3, 2013

I'm back

Sorry about the missed blogs.  I was not sure anyone really cared about my life and my ramblings, but  I have received many emails from peeps wondering if something was wrong.  The answer is no and I will try and keep it up. 

    This is a little town that is wanting to do things to bring income into the city coffers.  So this November the voters will vote to see if they want to allow the town to issue hunting licenses, get this, for drones.  We must keep our eyes on this one. 

   This is Kelly, niece and Laura, daughter kayaking in Colorado.

We spent about a week and a half in the Denver area visiting with Laura and my brother and his family.  We had a great time.  We went in the mountains and kayaked in a lake that had an island that had it's own lake.  Yes, inside the island was another small lake.  It was a cool kayak trip.  We did have to kayak 2 miles to the island and you do have to go back another 2 miles.  The wind came up and made the trip back more like 10 miles.  It was fun, but a lot of work coming home.  It was so beautiful on the lake looking up at the Rockies with a new dusting of snow and the trees in their fall colors.

We had a great visit with everyone.  

You can see the burnt forest behind the sign.  This happened this summer.  They lost a lot of forest with this one. 

This is a pic of New Mexico.  We are heading to Albuquerque. 
  This is the Canadian River.  I hope there is more water in the Spring. 
We noticed pronghorns just past Raton, New Mexico.  I counted just on my side of the road over 200 pronghorns.  I was able to use the telephoto lens to get some pix. 
pronghorn and purple flowers

The pronghorns seem to hang around the herds of cattle on the range.

Lone pronghorn on a small hill. 



  They are a very beautiful animal.

Pronghorns were brought to scientific notice by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which found them in what is now South Dakota.

 It can run exceptionally fast, being built for maximum predator evasion through running, and is generally accepted to be the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere. The top speed is very hard to measure accurately and varies between individuals; it can run 35 mph for 4 mi, 42 mph for 1 mi; and 55 mph for .5 mi  It is often cited as the second-fastest land animal, second only to the cheetah. It can, however, sustain high speeds longer than cheetahs.

It has a very large heart and lungs, and hollow hair. Pronghorns are built for speed, not for jumping. Their ranges are sometimes affected by sheep ranchers' fences. However, they can be seen going under fences, sometimes at high speed. For this reason the Arizona Antelope Foundation and others are in the process of removing the bottom barbed wire from the fences, and/or installing a barb-less bottom wire.  Most of my information comes from
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We are off to the Balloon Festival so will try and keep up with the fun and the blog.  I am miss a day or two, but stay tuned.

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