Mike Drew: Relaxing day on the road
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Except there weren’t.
Well, yeah, I did see a bald eagle flying along but on the water, nothing. No mallards — there always seems to be mallards around — not even any diving ducks like goldeneyes. Surprising but unimportant. The day was nice and the drive relaxing. So I just kept going.
Down by Little Bow I found big bunches of mule deer. Like the horses, they were just lazing around, soaking up the sun. Unlike the horses, though, they weren’t impressed with the amount of time I kept my camera aimed at them. One by one they got up and started making their way across the fields.
Worked out well for me, though. I kinda liked the picture I got with the ice of the lake in the background and the Porcupine Hills rising 80 km to the west behind them.
I cracked a window as I drove now, the sun blasting through the FJ’s glass making the truck a bit warmer than necessary given the winter clothes I was wearing. But it was pleasant to drive that way, the hum of the tires and the tick of the gravel a little louder with the window open and complementing the music on the radio.
I was close to Travers Dam, now, a place I’d often found open water in the winter before, so I turned toward there.
I’d noticed that the snow cover was getting ever thinner as I headed south and east. Up by Milo, the ground was pretty much covered with only a few bare patches where the snow had been blown away. But down by the lake, it had thinned out considerably and bare grass was more the rule by the time I got to Little Bow.