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March 21, 2007

Cat Bullet

What’s Going ON?

Filed under: Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 11:59 am

Saturday morning dawned.

Bright and Early.

Early is bad on a Saturday.

But I managed to drag myself out of bed and out to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. There was something special going on.

I’ll give you a hint:
What could this be?

And another hint:
Could I knit this?

We met in the visitors center. There was a nice (but extremely high carb) breakfast. Then we all loaded up in busses and went to stand in a field.
Why are we here?

There was a talk by the former refuge manager.
Dean Rundle, former RMA refuge manager

There was a mysterious pile of dirt. What could be the purpose of a pile of dirt?
Dirt

Then, with a low rumbling, a big truck appeared.
rumble rumble rumble.

They backed the truck up to the pile of dirt. Then they opened the back.
Opening the gate.

Then we all waited. What are we waiting for?? I can barely stand the anticipation.
insert waiting music here

There was some thumping.

There was some rustling.

Then…
Bison Cow introduction
more cows
more cows

A total of 13 American Bison cows came rumbling out of the truck and down the far side of the dirt mound.

Then there was another pause. Some more thumping. Some louder thumping.

Bison bulls
Bison bulls

Three American Bison bulls came running out, went down the ramp and then wandered around in the open. I think they were just showing off for us.

Bison bulls
Bison bulls

The ceremony started somewhere around here, with a beautiful American Indian blessing prayer and song. The bulls stayed in the area until the very end, when they wandered off in the same direction that the cows had taken.

Bison bulls
Bison bulls
Bison bulls

It was so wonderful to be out there for this event.

Bison: Meet the Refuge. Refuge: Meet the Bison.

The introduction went well.

So well, in fact, that I didn’t even (really) care when I went out into the parking lot afterwords and found this:
Flat Tire

$760 later, I have four new tires. And a huge grin on my face.

pitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patter

5 Comments »

  1. Wonderful sequence. I am unable to figure out the first image though.
    I especially like the action of the cows when they were released. Great background of mountains.
    They all look very healthy. The bison at Yellowstone this time of year have ribs showing and they have lost most of the fat in their humps.
    Thanks for sharing. It was an honor to be able to attend the event.

    Comment by Mom — March 21, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
  2. Catherine, I like your blog. Especially the cat tales and the bison event. But where is the purple sweater?

    Comment by Dorothy — March 21, 2007 @ 8:11 pm
  3. Ah, the purple sweater is currently sitting, folded, in the middle of the kitchen table. It is waiting for a free moment so that I can get it blocked before its photo debut…

    Comment by Cat — March 22, 2007 @ 8:49 am
  4. What is that first picture? Like your Mom, I can’t figure out what it is.

    Comment by Anita Craig — March 26, 2007 @ 7:16 pm
  5. Fantastic. Nice job of capturing the moment in both photo and word. I love that there was an Indian blessing. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Crittie — April 18, 2007 @ 9:35 am

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