Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fieldwork in the Mountains

Hello, Miley here with a long overdue post. I got a nice change of scenery yesterday. After the cold weather (and mountain snow) of about a week ago, it was finally nice enough for me and Mommy to go working in the lower elevations (around 7,500 feet) of the Absaroka Mountains in Shoshone National Forest. Much greener and less gray than the badlands and bentonite mines. I got to walk around in a shallow spring, it's fun getting my feet wet.

Mommy neglected to sufficiently warn about the evil fence marking the Forest boundary up there. I got zapped and complained loudly to Mommy! I rarely encounter electric fences, especially those three strands high. That explains why she was walking 3-4 feet away from it (boundary of our project area). Mommy assured me that my fur hasn’t gotten any curlier.

We also got rained and hailed on with the temperature dropping down to 41 degrees. Mommy was soaked by the time we returned to the truck; water would literally run off the top of her hat when she tilted her head. She looked like a big, wet, rat! She placed a blanket on the backseat for me, shut off the air conditioner, and turned on the heat until we got down from the mountain where it was a pleasant 66 degrees.

I saw several antelope and deer but happily no grizzly bears. According to local residents, the bears have been quite active this spring. One large male is known for occasionally “tearing through the draw” that we still need to hike up. Mommy and I do not wish to encounter him.

Hugs and happy summer, Miley


  1. We wouldn't want to see a bear on our hiking adventure either, Miley!
    You guys sure do have the best fun!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  2. Looks wonderful where you are Miley - how fun to be in the great outdoors. They say airedales are really brave, but even so, I hope you don't meet up with a bear!


  3. It looks like you could roam and hike and hunt and snort things out furever where you are. A far cry from Florida! We're glad you two are together. Wet or dry.

    Watch out for the bears. Hang your packs high.

    A wee bit jealous,
    Jake and Fergi


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