Lately, here in the High Desert we’ve been getting our weather directly off the Pineapple Express resulting in abnormally pleasant spring like conditions. Sorry about that New England. With blue bird skies, the forecast for the mid 50’s and being bored beyond belief approaching the zenith which only aggravates our Outdoor Deficit Disorder; we loaded our Polaris Trail Boss quads, our Springer Spaniel, Kodiak, and our day packs. It was Tuesday, January 24th.
Thirty minutes later we were unloading at the Millican Plateau ATV area about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon. The Millican Plateau ATV area is managed by COHVOPS (Combined Off Highway Vehicle Operations – a really nifty partnership between State and Federal Agencies) on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management. The area is located in a small portion of the largest concentration of Western Juniper in the world.
It was the kind of day that made you feel like being exuberantly careless; slipping and sliding through the mud, and dodging rocks while keeping a watchful eye out for wildlife. It was a Wahoo Day! As usual we kept score of the numbers of animals we were fortunate enough to see. Today’s score was Mule Deer 13, Pronghorn Antelope 70. Pronghorn win! It was the largest herd of Pronghorns we have ever seen.
We returned home with our pasty winter faces slightly sunburned, slathered with mud; ready to ride out the remainder of the winter snuggled up to the wood stove.
Lord, thank you for the respite from Cabin Fever!
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