Saturday morning was colder than expected, the high was forecast to be 65 but it never rose above 54 because of thick clouds. We started out the morning with a 5 mile hike on the prairie, we didn't see much wildlife other than a few birds but we did see the cattle herd on the other side of the boundary fence.
We took a small detour on a connecting trail to see the ruins of a cattleman's cottage, it is just over the fence (on private land) but it looks like many people jump it to explore.
For size reference
Another TeeTurtle shirt, undershirt is from Walmart (years ago) and headband was a gift from my nephew.
The area by the visitor center was under a controlled burn, I love walking past smoldering logs and stumps.
Hiking builds up a healthy appetite, I made fajitas and quesadillas for lunch, it's quick and easy and my go to after a nice hike.
Later in the afternoon we tried out a woodsy trail, it was one we had to drive too as it came off from another area of the park. Immediately after entering the trail I noticed a painted rock perched on a stump.
A little ways down the trail I found another.
I didn't spot any more rocks on the walk back so I picked up and looked at the squirrel one at the front of the trail, on the back was this:
I looked it up when we got back to camp. It is the group on Facebook, not the page. They are a group of people paint rocks and leave them all over to brighten people's days. What a cool idea, I would love to get a group together in town.
The rain started back up as we were cooking dinner and stayed around (off and on) the rest of the evening. We turned in early after we burned the left over firewood in one big fire, sitting in the rain is no fun. Overall we hiked 9 miles that day so an early bedtime wasn't all bad.
I have one more post coming up with lots of critter pictures.
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