Wilder Wildlife

As it turned out, Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) was a great place to spend a non-hiking, non-walking, non-bicycling week. The loop road never got old — we drove it in one direction, then the other, seeing all over again the same animals we saw the first time — wild horses, like this young, curious colt…

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…pronghorn…

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…and prairie dogs — sometimes racing across the road:

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But a few days into our visit, we were thrilled to spot this guy…

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…then, up the road a bit, another…

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…and a few days later? All of them, it seemed, with some friends and little ones:

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This buff sauntered along the side of the road and for a minute we thought we might have to scootch off the other side to let him pass, but nope… he kept a wary eye on us, and walked right next to the Jeep:

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Pretty cool, huh?

But wait… that’s not all!

Unpaved roads in the area tempted us, and — given all the time we had to explore on four wheels — we ventured down a few of them. One leading out of the park took us through cattle pastures, past some gorgeous scenery…

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…until we spotted this amazing scene:

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Can’t see anything special? Well that little black dot at the very top of the hill?

Can you say “Golden Eagle”?

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This beauty was up there having its lunch. I took a bunch of photos of it, but it was pretty far away and the images aren’t very clear. Plus the angle and long grass around the bird made it hard to see what it was eating. That’s okay.

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Eventually it turned its back on us, telling us it didn’t appreciate having its lunch interrupted, so we drove on down the road.

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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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2 Responses to Wilder Wildlife

  1. After seeing your great animal photos it looks like the scenic drives around Theodore Roosevelt it the best way to go! We always love taking off in our truck and have been known to turn off on a gravel road that most people would avoid. We never were able to get to Theodore Roosevelt NP on our western trips. Somehow the timing and our routes were never quite right for a visit. Thanks for sharing your adventure there.

  2. Ellen says:

    TRNP is a little off the track, and we noticed in the week we were there that most people seemed to come in, spend a night or two, then head out. I was glad we were there long enough to not only drive the great loop road, but explore the area around the park. This is definitely a great spot for you and hubby to take your truck! Take care and safe travels, Beth!

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