Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 7, 2016

Ovis canadensis welcomes us

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 3:52 pm

We had just put the vehicle into 4WD for the descent into Shafer Canyon when Chris announced, “This would be a good place to see bighorn sheep.” I’ve learned to be attentive to his musings; they are usually spot-on. My eyes began scanning the cliff sides and talus slopes, safe places to browse.

Around the next switchback, there she was –settled on her belly by the roadside, soaking up the early eastern light, intently chewing her cud.

We expected to encounter ravens and lizards, not a rare mammal, on our first day back. Oh, Utah — you make my heart quiver with joy!

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