Spring at Riding Mountain National Park – Day 2

Last night I told Debbie that I would probably be gone before she woke up and I was.  It was already light outside and I didn’t want to waste any daylight before having to head back home again.  I thanked Steve (who was up already), let the cat in the house and away I went.  I didn’t make it to the park for sunrise, but managed to take a picture on the way.

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First sighting today was a Mother/Son Moose family.  This young male would be about the same age as the young female who died yesterday.

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These 2 were just outside Moon Lake, and after taking their pictures, I drove into Moon Lake to see what I could find.

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It was a beautiful morning and today there was hardly any wind!

I then entered the Lake Audy Road and stopped where we had seen the Mallard Ducks and Canada Geese yesterday and then took more pictures of them before driving into the Aspen parking lot to take a couple more pictures.

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Next was a short drive down #19 to look for critters.  First stop was Lake Katherine, where I took pictures at the dock area.

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I found a beautiful Spruce Grouse not far from there and she finally stopped to give me a quick pose for a picture.  I snapped several pictures that weren’t great because she was moving or hiding behind grass before finally getting one good picture of her.  🙂

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I was getting hungry by then, so drove back to the Lake House in Wasagaming for a late breakfast.    I filled myself up there and decided on just one more stop before beginning the drive back home.

The stop was at the Wishing Well/Golf Course road, where I often take pictures.  So, I got some more ice covered lake pictures.  🙂

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By now it was late morning and time to start my drive back home.  My drive along #19 is always very slow, so I can keep an eye on movement on both sides of the car as well as ahead and behind, so that increases the time it takes to get home.

I had the road pretty much to myself, but then I saw 2 vehicles gaining on me very quickly, so I pulled over to the side to let them pass and planned on waiting for the dust to settle before continuing.  I stopped on a curve and just as I stopped though, I saw a Moose trotting ahead around the bend.  I waved my hand out the window to warn the approaching vehicles and luckily, they both slowed – but continued.  The Moose was long gone by the time the dust settled enough for me to continue on my way.  They are not very graceful when they trot and it is funny to watch.

I did not see any more wildlife in the park, but stopped at the lookout to take pictures of the view.

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The road is all downhill now until we get outside the park, so I took a couple of road pictures.

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I stopped at the big puddle in the farmer’s field outside the park for more pictures.

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Among the Mallard Ducks was a Hooded Merganser.

After that it was highway driving all the way and I arrived home without incident.


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