A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Following the Fence Line


The Trail of Unlucky Rabbits.

I like to follow along fence lines for I most always find something interesting.  Birds of prey will use the larger anchoring posts to perch on while eating whatever they have caught.  
Usually I find the bones of rodents left behind.

This time though I found a rabbit's foot which appears his luck had run out.

Further on another foot, possibly the same rabbit if the bird had moved on down the line 
or an altogether different kill.

Ah but this one here left no doubt in my mind.
You can see the larger anchoring post in the background.

The meat was still fresh so I suspect this rabbit hopped his last the day before, 
only he didn't quite hop quite fast enough.

 Birds always lighten their load upon take-off.

Unfortunately my camera did not focus on the fur but I decided to included this photo anyway as I've never run across this before.  The fur had long bristles attached which looked like those of a deer or pronghorn antelope which I saw one of during this hike.  I just cannot imagine the animal getting hung up on this barbed wire trying to get under it and ripping off a strip of hide like that.  
That had to really hurt something fierce.

I'd think an antelope could jump over wire three plus feet high.  
It wasn't a coyote for the coyote could squeeze under that low wire easily.  If he did get hung up they are smart enough the back up.  Now if he was on the run after something or for his life and hit that barb running full-on out, then that is a possibility.  Strange.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Beans and Water


We are at Pelican Lake which I feel would be better named Mosquito Lake.
Although there are gillions of them flying around I have not been bit once.
I don't understand it but that's fine with me.

Down by the lake's edge I wondered how far she would go.

After this photo she turned around and both front legs went in about half way.  It didn't phase her a bit and she carried on like it was nothing  It makes me wonder if she is one of those rare cats that would swim, not that I would ever test her on that.  I still think back to my dear little Sinbad who would never go near water at all.  This is a whole new experience for me...and her.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Western Heritage Museum


Another cold day and another attempt to be somewhere warm.
Inside I was mildly successful although they could have turned the heat up even more.

 It was a small little museum filled with lots of old stuff, 
well after all that's what museums are for.

Ah but again I was plagued with a hoard of second graders in attendance.
I will give them a better score than those at the dinosaur museum as they were better controlled much to the credit of the museum staff conducting their tour. 

This old organ I thought photo-worthy

for the back was open to view.  
I bet this organ with its vacuum tubes produced a better sound than modern day electronic models.

I was intrigued in the collection of bows and arrows made by the local Ute Indians.  
The kids ran me off and I intended to go back and take a picture but of course forgot to do so.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Outside With the Dinosaurs


 It was very cold outside (tiny snowflakes falling) which seems to be the situation all over in the southwest right now as some cold air mass has moved down from the north.  This made me think of the time of dinosaurs, the weather then wasn't all so peachy all the time.  No doubt freak cold air masses were forced down into their habitat by the jet stream occasionally.


The colors and patterns are all speculation by the scientists and artists.
No one really knows.

All my life, given the choice to go back to any period of time, I would choose the time of dinosaurs.

I think it would be fascinating to see them in real life,

ah but I would probably end up being a tasty little morsel for somebody.

Not a dinosaur but for as cold as it was this woolly mammoth is well suited for it.

And I leave you with utterly embarrassing monstrosity that greets you upon entering
Vernal, Utah.  Boy, if I lived here I'd start up a petition to have that thing replaced.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Utah Field House of Natural History


What better place to spend some time when snowflakes are falling outside?

Ahh, very nice and warm inside.

The exhibits were nicely done and I had the place all to myself.

At the senior discount ticket price of $3.50 I was really enjoying myself. 
   
Turtles and tortoises are quite abundant in fossil form for the carapace preserves very well. 
The inside of a tortoise I found interesting.

I liked this wall of plant fossils the best.
That would be so cool to have in your home.


A six-horned saber toothed herbivore. 
I'll not try to write out the scientific names for these animals.

Anyway, what they think they looked like.

Not all animals of the past were so strange looking and this little guy they felt traveled in large groups or herds for there are numerous individuals together in fossil finds.

All good things eventually come to an end.  A school bus of elementary school kids arrived and the screaming, shrieking and yelling reverberating off the museum walls as if being inside a large enclosed metal container forced me outside in the cold with the snowflakes.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Getting Attention


I am parked at a Lowes Building Supply using their free wi-fi.
Sinbad never laid up there and wouldn't stay as soon as someone walked by.
Not so with Miss Beans.

I am desperately searching for warmer weather without having to drive for an entire day.  
Its the same everywhere regardless how far I drive, in fact worse in some places.
So we're stuck here for awhile.

Ahh.....don't bother me.






Exploring a Canyon


A few of the locals came by in the morning to welcome us to their neighborhood.

They couldn't stay long.

I wanted to explore a canyon I could see off in the distance.  
It is in the center of the photo.

My uneducated guess is that at one time millions of years ago this area was a huge sandy desert like the Sahara and this may have been a large sand dune.

I was able to climb up as far as the tree in the center of the photo 
and as you can see here, that was far enough.

Coming around the side of the "dune" my objective came into view.

At this point I really studied the terrain making sure what I went down into I would be able to climb up back out of.  I sure wouldn't want to get stuck down there.

I made it and this is the view looking straight up.
Imagine the water falling from the edge up there during a rainstorm.

Someone lives up in that little hole and by the signs of all the little rodent bones that were lying around the area it must be a hawk or falcon.

I climbed up into a side canyon and upon reaching the top saw it fell off into another canyon on the other side.  

There was a straight drop-off so that was the end of the trail for me.
It must be an impressive small waterfall during the rains.

 Now how did that rock get there?

On the way back, the only one of these flowers I've seen.

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dinosaur National Monument



At a roadside rest along the way.


We are camped on public land within the monument boundary but not where the main visitor center and campgrounds are located.  There is no one else around.  There is this variety of cactus that grows here only a few inches above the ground and that which is among the grasses is difficult to see.  Beans avoided it really well but finally got a few stickers in her hind foot.

At this point I carried her back to the RV and wondered if she would let me get the stickers out without a fight.  Nope.  Ever sit on a cat and try to pick stickers out from between the pads of their foot?  Great fun.  I finally got a clump of three and then let her go.  She was really mad but a few minutes later we were friends again.  That must have been all the the thorns as I haven't seen her working on her foot anymore.

I've been here to Dinosaur monument before and don't think I'll drive on in any further as nothing has been added in the last 65 million years so why go and deal with all those people?