Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lone Elk Park

Lone Elk Park is a gem that exists not far from my home.  It's home to bison, elk, deer, and lots of other more typical wildlife like birds, squirrels, and, right now, lots of wood beetles.  And, this time of year, it is a stunning place to walk.

The picture above was taken by my friend and walking buddy, Kris, as we walked on the Bison Trail around the lake last week.  The trail is not challenging if you are used to walking hills.  There are a lot of hills!  On the trail, one is likely to encounter both elk and deer.  The bison are in a part of the park open only to cars.  Encountering and elk on the trail can be startling - more for us than them.  This is their home and we're just wandering through.  Signs posted in many places warn against approaching or feeding the wildlife.  Mostly, they just look as we give them a wide birth on the trail.

The lake is stocked with fish and has a small fishing jetty.  Boats are allowed.  In most of the park, there are tables for picnics and barbecue.  Now, I'm not going to be cooking around wild animals larger than I am!  So, I suggest you do so at your own risk. 

One warning:  Dogs are not allowed in this park, even in your car.  Actually, the sign reads 'no domestic animals' are allowed in the park.  The sign is NOT obvious, so if you plan to walk the dog, this is not the park for you.  But, for walking buddies of the two legged variety, this park is a must walk.

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