Saturday, September 24, 2016

What Happened To the Bison?

Kalispell, MT 

Jeri and Terry arrived in Kalispell and the next day the four of us headed down to the National Bison Range. This is something that has been on my bucket list for several years and I was really excited to share it with good friends.

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We drove down the east side of Flathead Lake with a brief drive through Bigfork. We stopped in Charlo to get some lunch before getting to the Range. We stopped at the Branding Iron and got burgers to go. Jim got something called cheesy spuds and said they were excellent. So were the burgers.

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We were ready to see some bison. I was really expecting to see herds of bison and was totally disappointed. We saw maybe 20 bison total on a 26 mile loop drive.

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There were some gorgeous views of the Mission Mountains as we climbed up to 4700 feet.

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We did see some deer and pronghorns.

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Finally a few bison.

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We had a great time even if we didn’t get to see bison. And that item is crossed off my list.

14 comments:

  1. I think think the most bison I've seen were at Theodore Roosevelt National Monument. I loved it when traffic had to stop so they could amble across the road. They are really majestic animals.

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  2. Can you imagine that thousands upon thousands stampeded across the prairie?

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  3. Nice that you were able to see a few at least, they are amazing.

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  4. It's a shame there is such a beautiful park and it is not full of bison to be seen and nutured.

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  5. The drive is just worth it. I love the photo of all the fall colors.
    We are sure y'all had a blast with Terry and Jeri.

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  6. Looks like some pretty country in spite of the lack of bison.

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  7. It was a fun day. We enjoyed it with both of you and the next day and the next day!

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  8. For an animal that big, bison do have a way of hiding when they don't want to be seen. :c(

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  9. I think the bison must have been hiding...we saw quite a few there a few years back when we spent the month in Polson. It's a beautiful drive thru the park. We were there in July and missed those beautiful fall colors!

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  10. They must have been just over the hill. Sneaky big guys they can be!

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  11. Nice drive, sorry about the lack of bison.

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  12. Funny, we certainly saw a lot of bison in Yellowstone. Maybe the animals can't read.

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  13. Funny, we certainly saw a lot of bison in Yellowstone. Maybe the animals can't read.

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