I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 4:24 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
Sunday I started making plans on the drive north / west. Lander WY looked good.
But then the cats became a factor. Sunday night I was sitting outside talking on the phone with CASA in GNU MEXICO. The RV door was wide open. Even FLUFF was outside. Last I remember she was sitting on the grass to my left as I sat. It was dark at that point.
When I was off the phone, I was ready to go to sleep so I checked out what the cats were doing. Dutchie was inside. But I was Fluffless. Very unusual. When Fluff goes out, she is often quickly scared back up into the RV. Not so this night. One time shortly after I adopted her she stayed away for 4 or 5 nights, then came back. Since then, never a problem.
I slept very little that night, stepping outside occasionally and calling for her. At 5 AM I was up and Dutchie wanted out. Normally it would have been NO, as we were supposed to be leaving camp before 11 AM. But I thought maybe Dutchie would find Fluff and bring her back, and we would all live happily ever after. Yeah.
Still, I let her out just as it was turning light.
We were scheduled to leave by 11 AM. At 9 I gave up, and I called and booked us for one more day. At that point, the cat inventory was still zero.
Around noon I happened to look out the door and saw something slinking under a camper a couple hundred feet away. A lucky spotting. I went and coaxed FLUFF out. She was hesitant to come out completely, but as she was meandering back under the camper, I grabbed that fat tail and she was mine.
She was a bit damp, probably sweating because it was around 90 degrees. I carried her back to the RV and she ate a bunch of food and TANKED up on water. She kept laying down, then making another trip to the food and water. She made at least five trips for water, inhaling it.
Later I noticed she had a little limp with her back leg. I checked her out and saw nothing obvious. Will keep an eye on her, which is tough at times as she spends half her life sleeping under the bed covers.
Dutchie is another story. I let her out at 5AM, and she finally showed back at 9:15 PM. I walked around and yelled her name and whistled for her. I am sure the other campers wondered what I was doing. Walking around and yelling to nothing in particular, whistling. I took several walks over the day, but that campground (KOA Lakeside Resort) was very big. That cat could be anywhere. And I am starting to learn her thought process. I knew once she was not back in a couple hours, that it could be after dark before she returned. RVs were coming and going. My immediate neighborhood was changing and looking different. She waits for cover of darkness to sneak back in. I was standing in my 4 square foot kitchen when she was suddenly there at my feet.
I was always pretty confident she was just out there doing her thing, and she would return. I need to maintain cat management. The cats are learning we have new routine. They know where home is, I just need to avoid situations where they can get scared and run off.
So we all headed north to Buffalo, Wyoming on Tuesday. Dutchie jumps up on my lap for most the trip. Fluff sleeps in the back.
When we left I dumped all my wastewater at the campground dump station. I dreaded that process at first. But it is actually pretty easy, and if done correctly is not really that dirty.
We headed back through Cheyenne, then on to Casper. From there it was all new road up to Buffalo. Wyoming is one of my favorite states. Long rolling hills and valleys. And then stunning mountains here and there. Great photo pops. It is not very easy to pull over when you see a shot, driving that RV and dragging a car. I took a few shots while moving, they did not look very good.
I called ahead and made reservations at an RV park, DEER PARK. When I got there, I saw it was pretty nice, so I paid for a week. Slow down. It is a great base location. Nice small town. An entry point to explore The Big Horn Mountains. Many people come through Buffalo on their way to Yellowstone or The Grand Tetons.
Just after I got the RV hooked up it rained for a while. Then it was nice and windy well into the night. Dutchie went out in the evening and scoped out the neighborhood. She came when I called after an hour or so. At 5 AM she was wanting more. Weather was nice, it was just showing a little light. When I opened the door at 7:30 AM she was right there.
Oh yeah, there is a very nice golf course here in town, and another couple just north in Sheridan. Today is overcast, chance of rain. I will check out BUFFALO GOLF CLUB. Course is supposed to be nice, but the mountain views are supposed to be awesome. Will play today if it works out. It has been a while. If nothing else I will take a ride up RT 16 into the mountains and take some proper photos.
Next week: Little Bighorn.
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