October In The Pryors. Part Three.

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The next day, Monday was as different a day as it could get from the warm, clear day before.  This day brought wind and clouds.  We got up early to check out the radar before deciding what to do.

After looking at the radar, we decided we had some time before the snow hit.  But heading up Sykes or even Burnt Timber with the impending storm, would not be a wise thing to do.  We decided to head up the Dryhead.

I knew that Nancy (PMWMC) had hiked the Dryhead area and found Bakken the day before.  I texted Nancy to ask for directions.  Nancy texted me back and let me know where to possibly find them. (Thank you Nancy!).  It was where I thought, the Layout Creek area.  I had never hiked this area and was looking forward to exploring there.

The day before we were in T-shirts and Jeans for part of the day.  Today, we had jeans, insulated wind pants, jacket, scarves, hats and a wind breaker jacket on.   And, we were not the least bit hot while hiking, (or cold!!).

A look back towards the road where the truck was.
A look back towards the paved road where the truck was.
Sage Blooms along the creek bed.
Sage Blooms along the creek bed.

There were plenty of tracks (and some tiny ones too!).  I knew we were on the right trail.  The beauty of this area was incredible, I am sure I said it out loud several times.

The wind was picking up and I could see the storm getting closer, but we knew, even if it snowed hard, we could find our way back to the truck.  So we continued down the well worn path.

Layout Creek Area
Layout Creek Area
A giant stud pile that had been in use for a very long time.
A giant stud pile that had been in use for a very long time.

We continued hiking until we got to the part of the trail where it became only about 10 feet from the edge to the drop-off of the Bighorn Canyon.  No protective rails were here!  With the wind increasing in speed and the snow starting to come down, we decided it was not safe to go any further.  We reluctantly turned around. Without finding horses.

Storm heading towards us.
Storm heading towards us.

By the time we were almost to the truck, the wind was gusting hard enough to make us weave in our tracks.  I decided to take a short detour and go down to Layout Creek.  It was more protected there and I wanted to see how much water was still in it.

Water in Layout Creek, October 28, 2013
Water in Layout Creek, October 28, 2013
Layout Creek
Layout Creek

We were glad to reach the warmth and protection of the truck.   No horses were seen this day.  I was grateful for those I had seen on this trip.  There is always next time.

Snow coming towards us.
Snow coming towards us.

The next day, we would be leaving and I would be heading for The University of Montana/Western, in Dillon, Montana.  I was scheduled to present a slide show and talk about the Pryor Horses to the students and faculty of the Equine Programs (Natural Horsemanship) and also some local horse folks.  I was looking forward to it.  I enjoy sharing my photos and knowledge with those that do not know about these horses.

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

7 thoughts on “October In The Pryors. Part Three.

    1. You are welcome Livi. Yes, they are going to be updating. Not sure when they will be scheduled to be put up though. Christy emailed just before the shut-down and said that other projects had come up, but that they were still planning on doing it.

  1. Sandy, as always I appreciate your determination and also your knowledge of these horses. I also like the new landscape images! You should ask for that lens for Christmas!

  2. How nice you get to do a presentation about what you love best! I hope lots of students ask questions.

    Also while it was clearly not nice weather, this area of the mountains is beautiful!

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