This was the bison we sat and watched for about a half hour. In
the background is Quanah Parker Lake.
So here I sit at 4:30 a.m., awake and unable to get back to sleep. It isn't waking up that's the problem, but my mind waking up. It won't shut up and let me get back to sleep.
So, anyhow, leaving Mount Scott, we continued into the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Elk were reported to be in the area, as well as buffalo. The 59,000 acre wildlife area runs along the north boundary of the Fort Sill Military Reservation. The artillery explosions continued all day, every day, and signs along the roadway, reading “Caution, Impact Area”, warned against getting out and wandering about. Also, this is still a wild area in spite of the presence of humans passing through, and an artillery officer had been struck and killed by a rattle snake just before our visit. We saw buffalo, properly called bison, but elk are best spotted at sunrise and sunset, and we missed out there.
Flocks of wild turkeys wandered about and just seemed as unconcerned
about us as could be. For the best pictures, we could just move ahead of
them and wait for them to come to us. Pretty cool!
This is Antelope Flats, a prairie region in the refuge where the
wildlife roam free.
Here's that elk I missed seeing. I borrowed this picture from the
wildlife service photo file.
Okay, wish me luck. I'm going back to bed.