A day for Bighorn Sheep and a new generator
( As always, just click on any image to get a larger, sharper photo )
Today I had an appointment for the Prius’ 15,000 mile checkup at Ressler’s Toyota in Bozeman, 92 miles away. I have been seriously considering adding a Honda 2000 generator for my motorhome even though I have an onboard 5500 Onan generator, the reasoning being fuel efficiency since the generator is almost always running full bore simply to charge batteries, not terribly efficient. Where the large generator burns 1.1 gallons of gas an hour, the smaller Honda would get 4 hours of run time on a gallon of gas while still doing the same battery charging. Whether that 4 to 1 fuel savings could ever justify the initial $1000 purchase price remains to be seen, it all depends on how many days I am able to find camping without shore hookups versus the more expensive campgrounds with hookups. The more I boondock and use the Honda instead of the Onan, the more viable buying the small generator becomes.
The trip into Bozeman gives me an opportunity to once again visit Walmart and stock up on staples. After getting the Prius serviced I found my way to a Murdock’s store ( don’t know if this is a chain or not ) and purchased my Honda 2000 along with a bunch of dog treats. Great store with very helpful staff and huge selection of hardware, tools, work clothes and pet supplies!
Headed back to Yellowstone’s north entrance and went through the gates around 3 PM and encountered a very pleasant surprise! Although I had my photo gear with me, I had sort of written today off as far as getting any kind of wildlife shots since the round trip to Bozeman was all highway driving, but just a half mile inside the park I came across a 6 ram bachelor herd of bighorn sheep traversing a near vertical slope on the west side of the road across the river.
I watched as they looked for a place to cross the river, then descended down to the stream and paused for a drink.
They then made a few false starts to crossing before finally finding a spot they deemed suitable for a rock to rock jump across the river.
They then gathered up the troops and looked for the best way up the slope and across the road to some higher ground.
A very interesting 45 minutes spent observing their cautious approach to this crossing and producing some of my favorite shots of my stay here in Yellowstone.