Actually, for this week’s challenge all you have to do is look at my headline photo above. See the hidden baby Bison?
This is a wider view. Can you see the baby Bison hidden in this photo?
What is comfort? I’ve been asking myself that all week. This has been a tough one for me. I just couldn’t decide how to go with this challenge. Food is the easy choice, but I decided to skip it. (BTW for me fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, and my grandmother’s baked apple pies are my comfort foods.)
For my daughter, comfort comes in shade of gray–a gray sweater, gray shoes, a gray scarf.
For my husband, comfort is his recliner.
So what is comfort for me?
I finally decided that comfort for me is my Bison shirt that is at least 10 years old and my recliner. The shirt came from DH, and it makes the perfect house coat when it is cold weather. Oh, and my recliner is comfortable, too.
Comfort also comes from having a boring life filled with loving family members, but I don’t know how to make a photo of that.
Today I went to eat at a new Mellow Mushroom, and it was decorated in what I guess is a national park theme.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I started spotting bison around the restaurant!
There was a picture of a bison in the Airstream seating area.
There was a bison over the bar.
They even had a bison on some of their T-shirts. I was really happy about that and tried to purchase one, but noooooo. The largest size they had was a medium, so I was out of luck.
On the way out I took a final bison memory with me:
One of the nice things about road trips is the side road trips. GG#1 and I went to see the bison at LBL (Land Between the Lakes), and since we were so close, we went to see Superman in Metropolis, Illinois.
On the day we went, it was unfortunate that the museums and shops weren’t open. However, Superman reigned over the town in all his glory.
I got to be Supergirl.
After that short tour, we found a geocache by the river.
We ended the day at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Overall, an excellent day!
Since we’re on the subject of bison, you should know that grandgirl #1 and I went to Land Between the Lakes last year just to see the bison. The bison population there lagged way behind that of Yellowstone, but still made me very happy since I could see them without driving 2,000 miles one way.
We got to see bison mommas and bison babies, and we saw many up close and personal.
We also had a standoff with a bison herd.
They won. We turned around and cruised the reserve to give them time to move along.
This bad boy rewarded us with his presence which made it worth the wait.
At LBL, we enjoyed other activities besides just looking at bison. We geocached, toured the museums, ate good food, and delved into pioneer history. I even got a new quilt.
We also saw lots of birds and even a bat at their nature center.
Someday I’d like to see bison in their full-on winter coat, but this trip we saw the summer molt complete with flies (lots of flies) swarming about the bison.
Funny thing about bison is that when you look at them, you think they are sloooow. Not. One of the stupid tourist tricks entails getting too close and then getting gored or trampled. Not a good idea.
When we were in Yellowstone, the rangers were yelling at tourists, “You’re too close to the bison!” because don’t you know that if you are on the paved walking trail, you’re safe. Ha! I don’t think so!
When you see a bison wallow
you think that they can’t move that fast, particularly out of a lying down position like that. Well, let me tell you that they can.
Anyway, you should go experience the roots of your Native American country by seeing bison whether in LBL or Yellowstone. They will take your breath away.
Many people have asked me why I have the name BisonWoman. I use it as my geocaching name (more about that another day) because my daughter gave me that name probably as early as 1999.
Why, you ask? Well, in 1999 my husband and I took our trip of a lifetime to Yellowstone. We traveled over 5,000 miles and spent 18 days together–the longest time we had ever lived nonstop with each other our entire marriage. That was a real test! We passed.
When we entered Colorado, 2 bison sat at the state line welcoming us there. I couldn’t believe it! When we drove up to the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, a couple of bison lounged on the grounds practically at the front door. Really? I was beside myself! I couldn’t believe it! Again!
One afternoon while returning to the park from West Yellowstone, we got caught in a 13 minute bison jam. I have never seen anything like it. They wandered everywhere–in front of the 4Runner, beside the 4Runner, behind the 4Runner–it was a little freaky, but I loved it!
I totally fell in love with bison on that trip. Somehow, they touched my Native American soul. I bought lots of bison stuff while in the wild west, including this well used and loved bison coaster:
As my collection grew, my daughter started calling me BisonWoman.
I started caching in 2004 with BisonWoman as my username because it seemed to fit the outdoor activity. I’ve had some cachers suggest it’s not a very complimentary name for a woman, but for me it’s just reflecting my fascination with the very cool Bison.