|A tom in the yard that morning. 4.16.11|
|The same tom with two companions. 4.16.11|
After that road came to an end we wandered back and took a smaller side road. It was beautiful and it held a couple of surprises. It's a wonder how the forest divides to reveal a beautiful grassy meadow. We traveled that road until we couldn't go any further. At the end, we came across a house cat that never made it home. When we turned around and headed back out, we came across a cow that had died in childbirth. Both sights were gruesome. Where were we and what was going on here? The day was turning into an oddity. Turkeys, elk, dead cat, dead cow, what could be next?
|Creepy Meadow. 4.16.11|
At some point we turned off this road and headed into a long meadow. Josh and Nate saw some turkeys and when they got out to see if they could get one I hung out a the jeep. About 30 seconds after they disappeared out of my site the turkeys flew back my way, right over my head. I let out an audible laugh. If I'd had a shotgun of my own and I had been practicing skeet with the guys then I could have had two turkeys. Instead I shot some cool pictures.
|Last attempt to call 4.16.11|
There had been a tom past the coyote deeper in the field, maybe that had been his intended dinner but with our arrival that tom was gone and soon the coyote had enough of watching us and took off, too. We meandered through the meadow and parked at the beginning of unused two-track. We hiked in over a couple smalls hills and the guys used their turkey calls to try to lore in either the coyote or a turkey. Neither were interested. We tried some more. Still no takers. So after tiptoeing around the hills for awhile we skirted the trees and headed back to the jeep. We tooled around for awhile more and tried calling again but didn't have any luck after that. It was starting to get later in the afternoon and we decided to call it a day.
|Josh at White Rocks 4.16.11|
|Overlooking Burnham Hill from White Rocks 4.16.11|
We eventually headed back toward the Jeep, hopped in and kept exploring the roads along the rim. We took every turn we could and followed it to it's end. Unfortunately, the snow hadn't quite melted everywhere and there were still a few areas that we couldn't get to. That just gave us another reason to get back up there.
|View of Lead, Homestake & Terry Peak 4.16.11|
Finally, we decided to to head home. We could only do so much and after the day's excitement we were completely exhausted. The day had started out with turkeys and ended with expansive views of the Black Hills. A perfect day. Let's do that again.