Through the Windshield 2

On I-80 in Illinois on the north side of the road we saw a dozen or so small elk. I didn’t recognize them at first because they did not have the characteristic rump. Then I realized that they were covered in mud and the young bull had small velvet antlers. They were on a small piece of land just coming out of a lake. I had never seen elk in Illinois before.

Today I saw a larger herd of adult elk in central Utah. They were up the mountain about a half-mile with several large fence rows between us and them. A few months back we saw an even larger herd of elk in Utah on US-89 between Kanab and Panguitch. I believe that all three of these are domesticated elk herds.

Yesterday and today we saw herds of antelope along I-80 in Wyoming. It’s warm enough that I expected they would no longer be in herds, but I guess I was wrong. While no single herd was larger than maybe a hundred, the Pronghorns numbered in the thousands. They were all at 6000 feet or higher. There is still a lot of snow up there.

Birds have paired up, except for the seagulls which are in large flocks. The storks are huge, much larger than great blue herons or bald eagles. These storks are the largest birds I have seen outside of zoos.

Porcupines were the favorite roadkill of Vermont and upstate New York. Opossums and Raccoons took their place in Ohio to Iowa, where coyotes and deer seemed to take over.

Canada, from Windsor to the Thousand Lakes region, is in the 40s and 50s. Watertown, where we had dinner with our son, Sergeant Findley (10th Mountain Division) was about 50. Jon told us, “This is about as warm as it ever gets around here.”

We had to run the AC from Ohio to Nebraska, then the heater in WY and UT. IT’s AC time again in California, so we are “motelling” rather than run the truck all night.

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