Home on the Range

Oh give me a home, where the

buffalo

roam, where the

deer

and the

antelope

play …

Hubby and I took a four-day weekend, driving through some of Idaho’s more remote locations, to Montana, where we hung out in the Missoula area. The bison and mule deer photos were made at the National Bison Range, north of Missoula. The antelope image was made south of Stanley, Idaho. I do have antelope images from the Bison Range, but I liked this one better.

A couple of rare finds from the bison range:

bighornsheep

Bighorn ram, and

bears

A mama black bear and her three cubs.

This is an excursion I would recommend to anyone. It took a couple hours to drive through the range, and if you’re not good at spotting wildlife, just stop where the other cars have stopped, and look in the direction they’re looking. On a cloudy day in October, we encountered five other vehicles. Not especially busy, but I’m not sure we’d have seen the ram without assistance. He was right next to the road!

More Olympic Misogyny.

I wouldn’t normally blog about this, but it really got my goat. I realize that what the audience hears isn’t always what the announcer said, but tonight nearing the end of the Kerri Walsh-Jennings/April Ross volleyball match against the Brazilians Agatha and Barbara, one of the announcers (the play-by-play guy. I’m not even going to pretend I know who any of them are) said (to my ears), that American player, April Ross should “stuff a little shorty in there” because that’s what I heard. I can imagine the hashtags now.

I get that the suggestion was actually that she should try for a short serve, in order to take advantage of her opponents’ deep positioning, but come ON!! With all the criticism the NBC announcers have been subject to this Olympic season, I can’t imagine that tonight’s announcer didn’t think at least halfway through that sentence “That’s a bad idea.” But there was no backtracking or clarification. He just left that proclamation out there. Is it just me? Hello? Bueller? Bueller??

OK, back to your regular blog. I apologize for the interruption.

IMG_5507.jpgPhoto is a cut and polished rock from the Nyssa, Oregon Thunderegg Days in July. Not related to the post, but some photographic relief.