It has been a warmer summer here so far! Last few weeks have been in the high 80's to mid 90's, Sure we get those temps every summer but the heat is hanging on a bit too long! In fact some of our swimming beaches in the other campgrounds have been closed due to the water quality for swimming. They keep a close eye on everything! Luckily the nights cool down to the 60's. We do get a rain shower every week if not a bit more, but due to the low humidity in this area, it dries out fast. So we are in a high fire alert. The park has been very busy and the motorcycle rally has not even started yet. All 9 campgrounds have been filling up every night since the middle of June. Craziness!
We have been spending our days off roaming the park, going out to eat, and checking out some of the area sights with our coworkers and friends here at the park.
Every year we visit the Mammoth Site. There is always something new being uncovered. At one time this was a spring where the Mammoth would come to drink the water or eat the grasses that grew along the edge. The mammoth would get into the spring but never get back out. For that reason the Mammoth Site is one of the best in the world for Mammoth remains. On the day we were there they were busy wrapping uncovered bones in a plaster cast so they could remove the bones. Why...tests have revealed that there is a large skeleton underneath.
We ran across this family of Burrowing Owls on our way back from Hot Springs and the Mammoth Site. . I count 6 chicks!
ote he had the grasshopper in his mouth...then he gave it to her. She was busy watching the chicks, so he was bringing home supper!