This day started out with windy gusts up to 50 mph and snow. We bravely tried to go out, but quickly realized that it was not a good idea.
By 3 in the afternoon, both Brigitte and I were getting cabin fever. The wind seemed to be dying down a bit, so we decided to brave it and head up the Dryhead. My biggest concern was the extra height the ATV added to the truck, so I added an extra strap to help with the strong wind gusts. We quickly realized that the wind was much calmer than it had been. We headed towards Bighorn Canyon.
Of course we were not disappointed. Because no matter what the weather, the ever faithful Greeters were there to welcome us to the range. I pulled over and we braved the wind and cold to snap a few quick shots of them and to thank them for being there.
We continued to drive down the paved road of the range. This area was great right now. The high mountains protected it from the gail force winds. It was good to be outside.
I had seen this trail that was being built, many times last summer. But it was closed while under construction and when it was open, I did not bother to stop. To busy in my quest to find horses. I did not even know what the trail was about. Somehow it seemed out of place and I avoided it. I was very wrong to do that.
Today offered the perfect opportunity to stop. We had seen no horses, and I doubted we would, given the time of year and the weather. So I changed my lens and we started down the trail. Click on the photo to view a larger size and be sure to read the words.
After we left this site, we headed down the road. We were about half way through the range when we spotted Johnston and Hidatsa. It had been a while since I had seen these two. We spent a few minutes with them before they decided to head off.
We left Bighorn Canyon and decided to give lower Sykes a try. We drove back past the big red hills and spent some time hiking around. We did not see any horses, but we did see some incredible scenery.
The end of the day was so different from the beginning. It showed us promise for a good day tomorrow.