Remember the movie, Dances with Wolves? That was where I learned the Native American name for the great American Bison: Tatanka.
They are wild and fierce and powerful and I adore them. Just being close to these magnificent creatures is a visual meditation for me.
The Bison herd at Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills is 1500 strong. They occupy over 17,000 acres of land. As soon as I entered the park, I knew who was in charge by this sign.
Everywhere I go in the park, there are bison or signs of them. I asked a ranger about hiking the trails. He said, If you see a Bison, just walk slowly and keep about a hundred yards between you and them. Right-O, sure thing.
My first hike was at Badger’s Hole along the Centennial Trail. First thing I saw at the start of the trail…….a big fresh bison patty. Was I ever vigilant on that hike!
Stick around…….lots more to come.
oxo ~ Annie