Bliss and I were out marking trees a few weeks ago when we came upon several wood rats nests. They build these large stick pile akin to a beaver lodge on land. They are very industrious creatures. They are also an important prey species for forest predators.
Bliss was very impressed with this massive collection of sticks. So impressed that she claimed it for herself. Sadly for her it wasn’t going to fit in my vest and she could only carry one stick at a time.
This clever rat built its nest in the trees. No sticks for Bliss from this one.
Bliss found a deer skull under the nest. “No Bliss it’s not a rat skull and no you can’t eat it!”
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Here’s a sight we don’t see much in California anymore, the log stringer bridge. It used to be the standard bridge for small creek crossings on logging jobs. Most of the old log bridges have been removed and replaced with large arch pipes or metal bridges. This one was put in for a temporary crossing. When the logging is complete the logs will be removed and sent to the mill. The stream channel will be returned to it’s original condition and the approaches will be grass seeded and mulched to prevent erosion. This was an inexpensive solution to access an area that didn’t need a permanent bridge.
Bliss is helping with the log quality inspection. She offered to take care of the tiny logs and left me the big ones.
A perfect Fall day in the woods.
This Summer I’ve been extremely busy and I haven’t had much time to devote to the blog. The near future looks pretty busy too. I might have to put Bliss in charge of it.
Mary and I recently returned from a long road trip. We were on a mission to pick up our newest pack member, Phanny, while visiting our friends in Montana. We decided to make a week of it and enjoy the western sights with Sailor, Tasha, and Bliss. Starting in California, we crossed Nevada and Idaho to reach our destination in central Montana. Here’s a gallery of some sights along the way. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
To see Mary’s post about Phanny’s first week, and her trip from Montana to her new home in California click here, New Puppy Bliss!
Sunset from our Idaho campsite on the second night.
Pronghorn Antelope on the run in Idaho.
Which way do we go?
Sandhill cranes in our friends’ front pasture in Montana.
Bliss, Tasha and Sailor in Montana.
Tasha engages in a genuine “wild goose chase!”
Mary and Phanny, our new pack member, on the banks of the Yellowstone River.
Phanny and Bliss playing in the Yellowstone River.
Bliss at the Gallatin River, Montana. The Gallatin River is a tributary of the Missouri River.
Entering Yellowstone National Park. We cross through the northwest corner of the park.
Yellowstone National Park.
Basking buffalo west of Yellowstone.
American Bison in Montana.
The Tetons viewed across the plains of Idaho.
Sunset at our final campsite. We camped near the Snake River.
Our last Idaho sunset of the trip.
Snake River, near the town of Burley, Idaho.
The Snake River Canyon.
We stopped to do a little rockhounding on the way. At this Idaho site the ground was littered with agate. We also dug up geodes here.
There were little clumps of wildflowers starting to bloom among the agates.
Phanny decide the desert was good place to run and frolic!
Agate and geodes.
Tasha enjoys a romp in the Nevada desert. lots of room to run.
At a stop near Rye Patch Reservoir to stretch their legs, Sailor wanted to explore every smell.
The Nevada desert.
Phanny, Bliss, and Tasha decided Mary makes for good playground equipment.