|Here they come!|
|"Uh, which way do we go? Which way do we go? Do you know? Ba-a-a-a-ah!"|
They didn't know where they were supposed to go next. They stopped and looked at us, like looking to us for directions. Then they proceeded to mill around in circles till the cowboys and some extra ranch hands starting pushing them towards the parking lot where we were sitting in the car. We didn't know it, but 2500 (!) sheep were about to be herded out the exit driveway, ACROSS the busy highway, and into the next field. We had to get out of the way!
|The owner of the 2500 sheep calmly watching his workers push/prod/urge the sheep across the highway...|
There is no leader in a herd of sheep, they all follow the one next to each other, hence all the quotations about sheep and their lack of sense of direction (!), people acting like sheep, etc., etc. The sheep herding dogs were fun to watch. The dogs bite the sheep in the butts to get them to go where they want them to go. It was kind of like watching a revolving door full of sheep, watching them move. They moved in gradually widening circles, then the cowboys on horses and ranch hands on foot smack branches on the ground while the dogs work the herd to move them ever forwards in this revolving circle. We saw the owner standing off by himself waiting for his ranch hands to get the sheep moving towards the highway and overseeing the whole procedure. Eldy and I talked to him for a few minutes, and we asked him, incredulously, "You mean you are going to take these sheep across the highway????" (watching the semis and cars roll by)..."How are you going to get them to stop?" And he says with absolute certainty, "Oh, they'll stop." I will say the semis weren't rolling very fast as they were approaching the high Teton Pass. With their branches smacking the ground and the help of the sheep herding dogs, the farm hands pushed the sheep in the direction of the highway. Once the truckers saw the herd starting to cross, they came to a stop, traffic backed up in both directions and people came pouring out of their cars to get photos. Here's how it went.....and rather smoothly at that...It was an amazing to see!
And 2500 sheep passed across the highway without a mishap......The things you see when you travel!
To the park, onward, Eldy! We went to the park yesterday to look for moose AND to do a 2.7mile hike in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. And yes, we got our ranger maps first....The road back to the hike was ridiculous! A ten mile drive back into the forest with potholes after pothole, big rocks, washed out areas, but it is one of the hikes recommended on a big list the ranger gave us, and one of the more popular ones at that, so we kept driving. We found out later, that road conditions sounded about normal to the ranger we talked to after the hike. Anyway, we came to the unmarked parking lot and there was the trail. It started out pretty enough with a creek running along the trail. The creek was loaded with butterflies.. The trail was loaded with horse poop and flies! I guess most of the trails in this wilderness are shared with horses, but the smell and the flies were a big turn off to us on this particular hike. That's one reason we didn't go to the end of the hike.
|Nice view, but it was quickly buried as we went back into the forest|
|One of many different varieties|
|Love these little blue ones!|
It was still a beautiful drive back home......We think we are going on a bike ride on a beautiful bike trail over by Teton Village tomorrow.....The trail says watch for moose along that bike path..great! MAYBE we'll see one, but it's doubtful. The trail passes by residential areas. You wonder sometimes how old those "watch for wildlife" signs are...maybe it's been years and they were put up before developers showed up! At any rate, we'll let you know what we do tomorrow like we always do! Thanks for reading us today..... Sparky and Eldo