A Miserable Day in Yellowstone!
A Test of Endurance
Bear Charges Trail Riders
Brother No.1 Takes a Hike
Camping,Boating and Bears!Part I
Camping,Boating, and Bears! Part II
Cooking School with M
Dust, Dips, and Bear Tracks
Family Forestry Expo
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Hoar, Ghosts, and Pits!
Lost on Father's Day?
M&E:Kids in the City!
Marmot Mountain Fun and Terror!
Mystery in the Rain Forest
Shuttle Bus Adventure
Snowshoe Fun on Winter Trails Day!
The Big Fair!
The Blood Red Moon
The Great Goldfish Adventure
The Swan Rangers and the 79 Switchbacks!
The Tough Trail
Ticks, Elk, Buffalo, and More!
Too Much to Bear
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After a long winter and waiting for the snow to melt, it was finally
opening day of the Red Sleep Mountain Drive at the National Bison Range.
After driving past the
cerulean waters of Flathead Lake, the largest
natural, freshwater lake West of the Mississippi River, we headed to
Polson. We stopped for pastries but couldn’t find a shop that sold them.
It was then on to Ronan, and just a little bit farther to the National
Bison Range in Moiese, Montana. After having had a cookie at the visitor center
and Mom having checked to see if they had any magnets, we started on
the Red Sleep Mountain Drive. This is a steep winding road up the mountains
for viewing flora and fauna. Colorful wildflowers bloomed along
the roadside, and there were many mountains and hills for spotting
We hiked up the short Bitterroot Trail, where we saw a buffalo down
below. This is the first spot where Mom
saw the ticks. We
Ponderosa Pine tree and “M” picked up a large buffalo chip.
After that, we drove farther and hiked up the steeper High Point Trail.
At the top, we saw the Mission Mountain Range
of Montana. “M” started
down a shortcut, and we all followed her. We got to the vehicle, and
started down the road again.
A bunch of buffalo stood at the buffalo wallow. Some of the buffalo had
orange colored calves with them. Mom and Dad took pictures, and then we
continued to the picnic area.
At the picnic tables, we sat down to eat our tuna, lemonade, and snack
cakes. Suddenly, Mom found a bunch of ticks in “E”’s hair. “E” screamed
a lot because she didn’t want ticks in her hair. Mom found ticks in
“M”’s hair also. She fine combed our hair, and made us comb hers. Mom
said it seemed like the ticks were everywhere. She then sprayed
our clothes to prevent further ticks from attaching themselves to us. We
couldn’t figure out if they were in the trees and fell on our heads.
Since ticks are supposed to live in bushes, they must have brushed onto
our pants, and climbed up to our heads. After the drama of the ticks, we
walked around the nature trail where we spotted some birds with brightly
It was getting later in the evening, which meant a better chance of
seeing more animals on the drive. So, we started down the Red Sleep
Mountain road again. This time we didn’t go on the Bitterroot Trail, but we
did go up the High Point Trail again. On the way up, we were startled by
the sound of stomping hooves of a wild animal. We kept moving and at the
top of the hill saw a bighorn sheep in the valley below. That must have
been what we heard, we thought.
It was a productive wildlife viewing adventure as we saw bull elk,
bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and deer. Of course, we saw buffalo.
We were stopped in the road when a large bull came near. It looked
huge as it came closer and closer. As it lumbered right behind our van,
"M" screamed with fright, "It's charging!"
Even though "M" warned the family, our parents just sat there and didn't
even start driving away. Thankfully, the buffalo did not
Quick Facts About This Story:
Later at home, several ticks were found on M & E.
Approximately 300 to 500 buffalo roam the Bison Range in Moiese, MT
The 18,500 acres of the Bison Range is also home to 50 different
wildlife such as elk, pronghorn, bear, etc. as well as over 200 species
For additional information on the National Bison Range visit their
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