After all these years I now know what the “home on the range” song was all about. When I was a kid I thought the song was crazy because antelope were African animals. I’d never heard of antelopes on this continent. But boy oh boy they’re here for sure.
For two days we’ve been driving through the sagebrush prairie and I’ve seen huge herds of pronghorn antelope and quite a few deer as well. The antelope are new to me. They are really beautiful with distinctive brown and white markings and long expressive ears. The males have spiky horns that give them their name. The herds are wild and they seem to be doing really well in Wyoming. Apparently the sagebrush prairie is their natural habitat, along with the cottontail rabbits, which we saw in bunches at our campsite last night.
We had a great time at the hot springs in Thermopolis. The pools were ceded to the state by the natives over 100 years ago with the proviso that they would be accessible for free. So we were able to go into the lovely state operated hot spring at 105degrees F outdoor pool at no cost. Then we took the dogs over the swinging bridge to see the terraces formed by the calcified water.
Today we headed into Nebraska and tomorrow I’ll post some of the dramatic photos from the rainstorm over the prairie.