Traveling to Elk County ~ Part 2

Tuesday, September 26

After the large bull elk sighting, (previous post) we drove over several back-country roads and saw a variety of elk grazing in yards and fields before going to the Visitors Center.

Marlin, Chelsey, and Nancy walking toward the viewing area at the Visitors Center.

We knew there was going to be some action because we heard the bugling of at least one bull elk.

To our delight a bull elk was gathering a harem of ladies.

I expect there were something between 100 and 200 people watching the elk in this large field.

We noticed a whitetail deer on the edge of the woods.

It looks like the bull (left) is going after another lady for his harem.

He found one.

By this point he had about a dozen ladies.

Then it got a bit more interesting when two large bull elk came out of the woods.

The original bull tried to chase them away but they kept returning.

When the other males arrived the herd became restless.

A few more bulls came out of the woods and we heard people around us saying they couldn’t tell if there were 7 or 8 male elk because of all the moving animals.

By this time it was quite noisy with all the bugling.

It appeared that the original elk had lost his control of the herd with the arrival of the other bulls.

After the herd had been milling about awhile – and the bulls did not engage in fighting, we moved on toward our vehicle.

I noticed five cows at another viewing area and moved there to get some closer shots.

Shortly after I arrived, many others joined me and we soon heard the bugling of another male coming in from the left.

He seem rather pleased to have a harem of five and bugled to the guys in the other field.

The ladies pretty much ignored him.

After a few minutes we moved on to our vehicle to look for elk in another area.

We didn’t have to drive far to spot another one.

We also had another good sighting of a deer.

We were quickly loosing light, but knew there had been an elk sighting when there was a traffic jam like this.

This bull (in the distance) had gathered a harem of close to a dozen.

However, there was another one coming to challenge him.

We saw several more after this but it was getting too dark to get good pictures. My sister, Nancy, was recording our sightings and came up with a count of 70 cows and 15 bulls. We teased Marlin, “…and you worried that it may not be a good evening for elk viewing.” 🙂

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Pennsylvania’s elk heard covers an area of 3,000 miles, but the largest herd is in Elk County. There are estimates of about 900 in Pennsylvania at this date.

It was a delightful and fun evening. Thanks, Marlin and Nancy for taking us along.

Birthday Supper With Jeff & Chris

Wednesday Evening, October 21

Brickhouse (1)This dinner date was with our oldest son, Jeff, and his wife, Chris.

You know you are old when your oldest son is fifty-one. 🙂

Brickhouse (2)We arrived a bit early, so I walked around the property looking for photo ops.

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Brickhouse (18)An evening with our children is never quite long enough. I love hanging out with them and hearing about what is going on in their lives.

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Brickhouse (20)Cerwin and I shared a pumpkin cupcake and Jeff and Chris shared the chocolate cupcake.

Cooking by Lydia & A Helicopter Overhead

Tuesday, July 21

Since Lydia is studying culinary arts, I thought it would be fun if she cooked a meal for us before going to her last work camp for the summer – to Colorado – and then home to Maine.

DSC_8100She went shopping for the ingredients she needed.

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DSC_8104Sautéing garlic

DSC_8106Delightful, delicious venison steak, potatoes, and soybeans (edamame).

She sliced potatoes and sweet potatoes, put olive oil in cupcake tins, seasoned and layered them in cupcake tins, baked, and served them with sour cream.

Everything was delicious.

DSC_8147It was a beautiful, cloudy evening. When I was outside enjoying the weather, a helicopter flew overhead.

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DSC_8150I love a day when someone cooks for me and the evening is filled with the sound of a helicopter.