June Trip to Riding Mountain National Park – part 3

We finished yesterday’s entry as I was leaving the Boreal Trail in Riding Mountain National Park.  The walk had such a sweet ending when I met a gorgeous little Pine Marten.  The plan is to continue South and head for the Bison enclosure.

I arrived at the Lake Audy Road without incident (or sightings), but I wasn’t very far down the road before I saw a Black Bear.  I didn’t get very close to him before he (or she) turned and ran into the bush.

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Jackfish Creek (both directions)

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I take quite a leisurely drive to the Bison enclosure and it is a fairly long drive, so I enjoy all the sights and sounds as I go along.  Before I knew it, I was inside and had found 1 Bison and her calf right beside the road.

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I had taken the 2 pictures above when a lady came up in a car behind me and went between me and the bison.  The little one was scared and got up, nervously looking around.

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He finally went closer to Mom and lay down again as I quietly drove off.
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All I found in the 2nd part of the enclosure were 3 big bulls and they were resting.

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I also saw some wildflowers.

From the enclosure, I drove over to Lake Audy Dam.  I had never been there before, so I went for a little walk and took some pictures. There were a lot of Dragonflies here keeping the mosquito population under control – but none of them would pose for pictures.

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I took a leisurely drive back out to the highway and a very short distance from there was Spruces, so I drove in to look around.  It was windy and I took pictures of the waves.

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I drove #19 which I knew was open to Lake Katherine, where I could take more pictures.

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Lake Katherine was also another excuse to go for a stroll on a path.

I was ready for lunch by then, so I stopped at the Boardwalk in Wasagaming for lunch and then drove into Onanole for gas.  Elk are very hard to find in the park, so I took advantage of the giant one in Onanole.

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One time I remember taking a picture of the moss Moose in Wasagaming because I wasn’t having any luck finding a Moose and the next thing I knew, I saw a Moose.  Wonder if this will work for the Elk.  🙂

Then I checked into my room at Elkhorn Resort.  I haven’t been there for years and the room I usually get has been upgraded – it all looks brand new.

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Absolutely beautiful room.  Funny thing is that they call this a room without a view and I ask for it because it is less expensive because of the lack of view and that the hallway is busy due to offices (but that is only during the day).  But this is my view and I love it.

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I don’t know why they say it is no view, when really it is no balcony or patio – which should also give it a discount over the ones that do have those.

I went over to the horses and made friends with this one.

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To be continued . . . .