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This video is for Cal who is headed out that direction and anyone else that may be. Interesting. Enjoy!

 

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My daughter and I took two of my grandkids and one of my brother's to Sprague Lake in RMNP this morning and were rewarded with a bull moose with velvet antlers browsing on the water veggies in the lake. I've seen a couple of females in recent years on this side of the divide, but this is the first I've seen one of the large bulls over here. A herd of 12 was released in the Park on the western slope in 1978 and they now number near 3,000 in Colorado both sides of the divide both within RMNP and outside it since that original release 30 years ago. They have enough now that there is a lottery for licenses to hunt a restricted number of bulls every year in the state.

 

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well, the wolf video seems to be a lot of hokey. You would think that with the wolf population exploding,

that the bunnies etc would go bye bye. It's true however, that keeping a species from overpopulating and starving

out is a good thing.

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20 hours ago, calfoxwc said:

well, the wolf video seems to be a lot of hokey. You would think that with the wolf population exploding,

that the bunnies etc would go bye bye. It's true however, that keeping a species from overpopulating and starving

out is a good thing.

Does that include humans?  ;)

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are you a deer?

we're talking about wildlife, try to keep up.

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1 hour ago, calfoxwc said:

are you a deer?

we're talking about wildlife, try to keep up.

I am making a fuycking joke,  try relaxing your sphincter.

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19 hours ago, The Gipper said:

I am making a fuycking joke,  try relaxing your sphincter.

Deleted. Realized this is not the political forum.👱‍♂️

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About 5 am the morning before last my brother had to swat a bear's paw out of the open window after it had slashed through the screen. He thinks it was the same half grown cub he had scared off the hummingbird feeder out on the same back porch two weeks ago.

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On 3/12/2013 at 7:33 AM, The Cysko Kid said:

Best battlefield is easily sharpsburg, Maryland, aka Antietam creek

Vicksburg is a good one too.

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20 hours ago, TexasAg1969 said:

Vicksburg is a good one too.

I will be going to Pea Ridge  (Civil War battle site)  in NW Arkansas sometime next week.  Not been there before.

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1 hour ago, The Gipper said:

I will be going to Pea Ridge  (Civil War battle site)  in NW Arkansas sometime next week.  Not been there before.

Didn't Trump participate in that?(Sorry I just could not pass it up-the devil made me do it.😈).

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On my recent trip to a resort in Northeast Oklahoma, I was able to visit  4 more National Park units that I had not been to before:

George Washington Carver National Historic Park.  This is in southwest Missouri near Joplin.  It is the location of GWC's boyhood home. Or, at least, it was the home of the persons who were he and his mother's slave owners.  Though they were slave owners, it appears that they were pretty good to young GWC.  At one point before the civil war, raiders came and stole he and his mother from this farm.  The farm owner did his mightiest to get them back, but could only get GWC.  His mother was lost forever.  They allowed young George free rein of the property...and in fact, because he was "frail" they did not require him to do the hard work around the farm.  It was in the woods and fields of this location that he learned the appreciation of nature, and of farm techniques.  Later in life he invented many of the methods by which farming was undertaken in this country...by everyone.

Pea Ridge National Military Park.   This is a Civil War Battlefield site in Northwest Arkansas.  It ended up being a Union Victory, the main thrust of which is that it preserved Missouri as part of the Union. The Confederate goal had been to route the Union out of Missouri and to have it joined the Confederacy, but because of the North's victory, that never happened.

Fort Smith National Historic Park. This fort, and the surrounding town, was built originally as a way to protect the Cherokee Indians who had recently been "removed" along the Trail of Tears from the native Osage Indians.  During the Civil War it was occupied for a short time by the Confederacy, but later taken control of by the Union and was in Union hands for most of the war.  More famously this site became the hub of post Civil war activity to try to stifle banditry and outlaws. Judge Isaac Roy Parker (the hanging judge)  held sway here at Fort Smith, along with like 100 US Marshalls whose job it was to chase outlaws who tried to hide out in "Indian Territory"...today, Oklahoma.  (Indian Territory did not have the same laws/legal structure as a state did).  Recall the movie True Grit (either the John Wayne or the Jeff Bridges versions), which depicted the sort of thing going on there in Fort Smith.  And during his time, Judge Parker hanged (not hung)  88 outlaws.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways.   This one I stopped into just one part of it on my way home.  It encompasses the river ways of the Current and Jack Fork rivers there in south central Missouri. It is a big recreation area where you can do all the river type activities, fish, swim, canoe etc. The part I was at was called The Big Spring Area.....and I was surprised and impressed by this.  There is a huge spring where water comes out of the ground, and I mean water:   300 million gallons a day come out of this spring. Almost a gallon a day for every American. And beautiful surroundings there as well. The deer come out of the woods and feed on the grass as you drive right by them.

Revisited National Park Units:

Hot Springs National Park

Buffalo National Scenic River.

These now make  347  of the 417 National Park units that I have visited. 

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