Life at 55 MPH (Give or Take a Few MPH)

If you think your job is boring, imagine doing this all day:


At least when we ran into this long wait (at least 30 minutes) for the escorted ride past this road work we were entertained by the antics of this Gunnison’s Prairie Dog:


See how the eye is smarter than the camera? Hard to see in this shot, so here’s a closer look:


Cute, but not a friend. Cattle ranchers hate these critters because cows trip in their burrow openings. And in some places prairie dogs carry the plague (yep, I thought that nasty affliction was history, but it’s alive and well out West).

Across the road, cows grazing the open range wandered away, kicking up dust as they went:


Eventually we were set free again on the open road.


Who knows what we might find in a few more miles?

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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4 Responses to Life at 55 MPH (Give or Take a Few MPH)

  1. emhelms63 says:

    I remember passing by prairie dog towns with dozens of the little critters perched atop their burrows (Wyoming, Montana??). Cute to watch, but cowboys and horses probably didn’t think too highly of them either. I wonder if the vast buffalo herds had problems with them in those long-ago years? I’ve also heard that rattlesnakes like to share the furry little critters’ dens. Wonder how that works during nesting? Hmm, here is your assignment: find out and let me know! πŸ™‚

    Happy Trails, Mike

    • Ellen says:

      Could have been either state, Mike — they’re pretty rampant around the high plains it seems. Your rattlesnake remark made me smile. When we’re out hiking, Bob and I kid each other — “Go stick your hand in that crevice [or hole or otherwise hidden spot] and let me know if it’s a rattlesnake den.” πŸ™‚

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