August 4, 2016 at 9:12 pm ·

Exploring our Valley: Coyote Research Facility

Today in “Exploring Our Valley”, we went to the Coyote Research Facility, and the Wellsville area. 

More on the Predator Research Facility (aka: Coyote Research Facility)

Scientists at the National Wildlife Research Center Logan, UT, field station are studying the ecology and behavior of predators in an effort to identify                                                                                     new management techniques and strategies, especially nonlethal tools. Research efforts are directed towards reducing livestock depredations and                                                                                        damage caused by coyotes, bears, and wolves, resolving conflicts in urban areas, and mitigating impacts of predators on wildlife populations.                                                                                                   Station research incorporates a variety of techniques that integrate novel engineering approaches and basic knowledge of the biology of predator species.

The station was established in 1972, and operates in close collaboration with Utah State University (USU). In fact, some of the biologists                                                                                                maintain offices on campus. The station’s most prominent feature, however, is the Millville Predator Research Facility. The 165-acre site, also on USU land,                                                                        allows employees to care for up to 100 adult coyotes involved in learning, behavior, and physiology studies. Examples of current and recent studies based at the                                                               Millville facility include the following:

  • Coyote behavior in captive environments
  • Urban conflicts with black bears
  • Coyote movements
  • Sterilization of coyotes to reduce predation on pronghorn and livestock
  • Coyote foraging and learning
  • Fladry to prevent wolf depredation
  • Coyote and elk interactions
  • Conditioning bears from campgrounds
  • Wolf damage to livestock.
  • Coyote wariness of humans
  • Coyote interactions with bobcats, kit fox, and cougars
  • Non-invasive mark-recapture of Mexican wolves
  • Coyote food habits and prey fluctuations
  • Coyote reproduction

More information can be found at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/Coyote Research Facility

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Beautiful Wellsville Mountains & the beautiful harvest time fields.

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Coyote Research Facility in Millville

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View of the beautiful Wellsville Mountains from the Coyote Research Facility

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Fields near the Coyote Research Facility. It;s a pretty ride. This was also the Firefighting command station for the Blacksmith Fork/ Millville Fire a couple of years ago. These fields were full of tents, firefighters, and helicopters fighting the huge blaze.

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June 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm ·

AWHC:American West Heritage Center

In celebration of our Fur Trapper/Mountain Man week we went to the AWHC for our Friday Ride. Although the Center is a very large working historical farm, they have a beautiful (FREE!) Welcome Center that is very accessible. It has a little museum that talks all about the pioneers, indians, and other significant people and history of our valley. There is beautiful art to see, a fun gift shop, and a Bison watching deck! We had a wonderful time! The building itself is beautiful, and worth just seeing the construction. If you have a moment stop by and see this amazing building, and museum….. if you have more than a moment and can get around a little easier, stop and explore the entire working farm! See all kinds of animals, farming equipment, ride a little train, and explore the buildings! You won’t be disappointed! 

For more information visit: https://www.awhc.org/

American West Heritage Center 4025 S. Hwy 89-91 Wellsville, UT 84339  
(435) 245-6050
 
*Their website has fun interactive learning! Stop by and learn about our valley and more!
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Tipi at American West Heritage Center

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Beautiful Wellsville Mountains

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Bison! Look close there’s a baby in there!

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Wellsville Mountains

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Old Pioneer Cabin

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Old Pioneer Cabin

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A peacock greeting us with a loud “hello”!

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Museum: Inside a Tipi

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Having fun in the museum with Polly and Betty

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Polly in a beautifully painted mural

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Inside a trapper’s camp.

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Ruthie is all smiles!

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Inside a Pioneer cabin.

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Cute Betty!

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Inside an old farmer’s shed.

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Beautiful decorated buffalo pelt.

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“Buffalo” watching. (We know they are called “bison” but we prefer buffalo!)

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Beautiful valley!

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Enjoying the museum and beautiful welcome center!

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June 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm ·

Exploring Our Valley: “The Secret Road”

Today in “Exploring Our Valley” we went to Hyrum Dam, and through Paradise to one of our favorite drives.  Our Grandfriends call it ” The Secret Road”. This beautiful drive connects Paradise to Mount Sterling on a beautiful gravel road that takes you to tall rolling hills and patch worked farmland.  In the Spring it’s covered in bright green fields and all colors of wildflowers! You also see ponds, small streams, beautiful horses, and a gorgeous old abandoned  house tucked in the trees. It’s a beautiful drive as you pass Sportsman’s Paradise and loop around past Hyrum Dam. If you have a free moment, grab an ice cold lemonade, roll the windows down and enjoy the ride! You won’t be disappointed!

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Sportsman’s Paradise

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Mount Sterling “Secret Road”

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Mount Sterling “Secret Road” Wildflowers

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Sportsman’s Paradise: http://www.whitesranch.com/

History of Sportsman’s Paradise:

Whites Ranch in Paradise, Utah was settled in 1868 by Barnard White an immigrant from England. This was one of the first settlements in the beautiful Cache Valley.  The homestead, approximately 56,000 acres, was located in the southeast corner of Cache Valley consisting primarily of mountain property.

The Ranch House, stables and creamery were located on a bluff overlooking the fertile river bottoms of the Little Bear River.  This location was chosen because of its isolation and vantage point to overlook the valley.   Remembering, of course that the west was still unsettled in the mid 1800’s and the Native Americans were still formidable neighbors.  Another reason for choosing this location was the abundant springs located just below the bluff line where the Ranch House stood; as a year round water supply was paramount to any settlement in those years for the livestock and the settlers.

Over the years and through the generations, this working ranch has produced cattle, hogs, turkeys, milk, crops and rainbow trout.  Today this working ranch produces cattle, crops, trout, pheasants and partridge.  The fourth generations working the ranch are Grant and Tom White.

In the 1920’s the Little Bear River and the springs were put to use as a resource of their own.  The Little Bear River ran through the center of the bottomland and each spring the river was washing away and eroding the best bottomland. Since there was little hope of reclaiming the damage, the best solution was to turn the ravages of nature to an advantage. The river was diverted along the western side of the valley along the mountain.  This left an empty channel through the middle of the river bottoms that generated the idea of a family recreational fishery.  The Whites began developing the springs and diverting them into the empty channel.  As time went on, family, friends and other people came from miles around to fish the ponds.  The trout that were caught were sold to the fisherman.  The fishery grew from these humble beginnings to the nation’s fourth largest producer of Rainbow Trout both fresh and frozen.  As late as 1989 the Whites were producing in excess of seven million pounds of trout annually.

In 1990 the fishery began to turn full circle – forced by the state government – into massive and costly disease disinfection and the fishery was forced in a different direction.  This was the beginning of a massive restoration project.  The goal was to create a unique self-sustaining totally natural fishery complete with spawning beds and invertebrate production areas.  Utilizing the original natural stream beds, the spring waters now flow as they did in the late 1800’s.  The stream restoration is an ongoing project to ensure the streams and still waters are providing plenty of invertebrates to keep the fish healthy, active, and impressive in size.  The mixture of Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Steelhead, Splakes and Cutbows provide an unmatched fly-fishing experience.  The fish will range in size from the naturally spawned fingerlings to as high as sixteen pounds with an average of eighteen inches.  Any fish, under 18 inches, have been naturally reproduced by the fishery.  The fishery is managed as a wild fishery practicing catch-and-release for fly rod only.  The two miles of streams and spring-fed lakes provide unlimited opportunity for year-round trophy fly-fishing for wild trout.

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May 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm ·

Exploring our Valley: Paradise

Exploring Avon & Paradise

It’s NO secret that we LOVE getting in the bus on Friday mornings and exploring our beautiful valley! These pictures come from the beautiful towns of Avon and Paradise. Each season brings new sites to places seen before. On this beautiful Spring ride, we had the opportunity to see a field full of baby sheep and goats, just new to the world, lots of animals on farms, and the beautiful canyon leading up to Porcupine Dam. 

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These Moos are enjoying a morning dip!

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Beautiful snow capped Wellsville Mountains

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A beautiful old barn in Paradise with Moos relaxing in the warm sunshine.

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Our favorite! Watching all these babies frolicking in the grass with their Mamas!

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Vivid blue sunny skies, and lush greenery! Our hearts are happy!

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We are so happy for Summer!

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Beautiful!

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The water is so clear and beautiful! I bet it’s still pretty cool!

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Although we were a little late getting back from lunch, it was a wonderful morning out in nature! Listening to birds sing their melody near the babbling streams, feeling the warmth of the golden sun, and of course seeing all the amazing animals on their farms! Friday morning is one of our favorite times of the week!

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If you have time, we suggest this beautiful drive. Lots of people in Cache Valley say they have never been to Paradise & Avon! Round trip from Logan it’s only a little more than an hour (although, once you get there you’ll want to spend more time). You’ll drive through beautiful rolling hills framed with majestic mountains. You’ll see lots of animals and farms. Drive up to Porcupine Dam, and see all the beauty. If you have a truck or other vehicle, you drive all the way across to Eden & Liberty! It’s worth the drive! Go out and explore this beautiful Valley, you’ll never know what’s out there in your own backyard!

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May 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm ·

Cookout at 1st Dam

Cookout at 1st Dam

We were so excited about our first cookout of the season. There was a little drizzle, but we weren’t complaining, especially since there was an 85% chance of rain! The morning was beautiful, and although not completely warm and sunny, warm enough to enjoy all the beauties of nature! Of course, there were a lot of ducks and geese to feed, and we had a good time feeding them healthy fruits and veggies. It was a great day to kick off the warm weather season. We went with our friends from Common Ground that make it possible to transport and accommodate all of our Grandfriends no matter what their abilities. It’s going to be a great Summer, and we can’t wait for all the picnics, parades, canoeing, and day trips! 

  • If you have never been to 1st Dam, it is at the mouth of Logan Canyon and it is beautiful. There is also, a 2nd & 3rd Dam further up the canyon, each has its own areas for picnicking, fishing, camping, and hiking! We are so blessed to live in an amazing area. Like we always say: “Logan Canyon is our playground!”
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Anita enjoying the spring sunshine.

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The ladies feeding the ducks some fresh lettuce. (because bread is bad!)

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Having fun and eating some yummy hamburgers!

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Lilian loves EVERYTHING in nature. She’s a little disappointed it’s too cold to go swimming.

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Lots of ducks and geese!

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Betty enjoying the walking trails.

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Eva enjoying some lunch.

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Happy for some sunshine.

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Rescue Duck

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Polly & one of our friends from Common Ground.

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Char is happy to be outside!

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Little beggars!

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“I wouldn’t mind a bite of your cookie Ma’am”

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Grandfriends & Common Ground Friends!

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Geese

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Don’t burn those!

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Lunch is almost ready!

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Lunch is served! Delicious grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade potato salad, cookies, chips, and all the fixings! Our tummies are super happy!

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May 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm ·

Happy Hour Treat Recipe: Mini Fruit Cobbler

Happy Hour: Mini Fruit Cobblers

This week’s recipe is another hot fruit & cold ice cream recipe! We LOVE it! They are simple to make, and OH SO GOOD! Grandfriends love them, but kids love them too! The best part is that you can customize with the type of fruit you like best! Our favorites are apple and peach. You may need seconds…….

You’ll need:

Your Choice of Pie Filling (or you can use canned/fresh fruit)

Vanilla Ice Cream

1c Sugar 

1/2 c Brown Sugar

Spices: Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cloves (Use amounts and types to suit your own taste)

Muffin Tin/Liners or Stand Alone Baking Cups (that’s what we use!) 

Follow our easy instructions below!

Check back for more easy, yummy, Grandfriend approved “Happy Hour” Treats!

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars and spices and set aside to be used as topping.

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Fill your choice of baking cups 3/4 full of your favorite pie filling or canned fruit. Here we are using apple pie filling. We are using adorable baking cups from Pick Your Plum. *If you have not visited PYP you are missing out!

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Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of fruit you chose. Here they are HOT out of the oven!

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After they cool off just a little, scoop vanilla ice cream and top with a sprinkle of the sugar-spice mix and ENJOY! One of our favorites! So easy, and fun anytime!

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May 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm ·

Life Long Learning

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Lillian at the Stokes Nature Park in Logan Canyon

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Polly finding her animal equal!

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Learning about the similarities of Yellowstone and Logan Canyon.

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“Hands on” fun? 😉

At Williamsburg life-long learning is important. Not only is it fun, but it also helps protect our memory and provides the opportunity to have fun social interactions and hands-on fun. Using all five senses to learn about all kinds of things and places help use different areas of the brain, making the learning more enriching. 

We offer both “in-house” and community education opportunities geared to all of our Grandfriends. Two of our favorites at Williamsburg are ” Williamsburg University” and “Williamsburg Travels Around the World”. Each of these education sessions happens once a month, and use all of your senses. For example, a Univeristy topic may be “Volcanoes”. We would include both a power point presentation with video of real volcanoes, learn about the different types, and learn/refresh vocabulary. This would also include handouts that can be taken home and worksheets that can be handed in for prize drawings. We also make a volcano and enjoy hot molten lava cake. Usually, there are “take homes” as well. A take home for this would be real lava rocks. The same principal is used when we talk about places in our Williamsburg Travels Around the World!

Education is such a vital at any age, and it’s fun. Come visit us and participate in the fun! 

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April 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm ·

Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler

Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Goopy Peach Cobbler

We love Friday’s Happy Hour (a time for yummy treats and happiness)! You’ll LOVE this easy version of goopy dutch oven peach cobbler!

You can bake this outside with briquettes or over a fire. We make ours in the oven, so we can enjoy it all year round! 

You’ll need:

  • Dutch Oven (or covered casserole dish) and Liner (if you use those)
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 2 Yellow Cake Mix
  • 4-5 Large Cans of Peaches
  • Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg
  • Ice Cream
  • Oats (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you use a liner, place it in your dutch oven. Butter or spray your dutch oven or liner. (If yours is seasoned enough not to stick, proceed with how you would use your own). Open cans of peaches and put them in the DO/pan with all the juice. (Using peaches canned in syrup will give a richer flavor) Next, mix in cake mix until it is a fluffy consistency. Add spices according to taste. We like a lot of spices, especially since it served with ice cream. Cook for 1-1 1/2 hours. Check about half way through the cooking time, and  stir. When cooked it will have a “goopy” consistency. If you like the flavor of oats or nuts add them after you have stirred at the half way point. Serve immediately over vanilla ice cream, and enjoy the explosion of flavors as well as the mix of hot and cold!

You can change it up by using spice cake mix, or by adding other ingredients while serving. We like to add raspberries for a delicious peach melba! 

Remember you’re always invited to join us! Happy Hour is on Fridays at 2:00pm

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You can even cook it in your oven!

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Add some ice cream and you’re in for a treat!

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April 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm ·

The Grandfriend Star

Did you know when you look up into the night sky, we have our very own special star? It’s named the “Grandfriend Star”. It’s a special reminder of all the wonderful Grandfriends we have known in our life. A special reminder that their light always shines as it has touched our lives for good. We are so grateful for each life that has been part of ours at Williamsburg.  Always part of our Williamsburg Family, and never forgotten.

So, when you look into the sea of stars, remember there’s a special star, a wonderful reminder of our Grandfriends!

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The Grandfriend Star

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You can look up the coordinates with a telescope 🙂

Did you know?

The color that a star appears depends mainly on the temperature that it burns at.  More specifically, the color is directly related to the surface temperature of a star.  In the lowest temperature range, stars appear in the red color family.  At the highest temperatures, stars appear blue.  In general, stars are categorized by certain types depending on their temperature, and those temperature ranges and types are as follows:

  • 3,000° – 6,000° Fahrenheit (1,649° – 3,316° Celsius): Type M
  • 6,000° – 8,500° Fahrenheit (3,316° – 4,704° Celsius): Type K
  • 8,500° – 10,500° Fahrenheit (4,704° – 5,816° Celsius): Type G
  • 10,500° – 13,000° Fahrenheit (5,816° – 7,204°  Celsius): Type F
  • 13,000° – 17,500° Fahrenheit (7,204° – 9,704° Celsius): Type A
  • 17,500° – 50,000° Fahrenheit (9,704° – 27,760° Celsius): Type B
  • 50,000° – 100,000° Fahrenheit (27,760° – 55,538° Celsius): Type O

Now that you know what the different classifications for star temperatures are, the next question is what color are stars of a given temperature.  The following star color list shows what color a star will be given the type (i.e. the temperature range) it falls under:

  • Type M stars: Red
  • Type K stars: Orange
  • Type G stars: Yellow-White
  • Type F stars: White
  • Type A stars: White
  • Type B stars: Blue-White
  • Type O stars: Blue

Learn more at: http://www.outerspaceuniverse.org/different-colors-of-stars-why-stars-colored-differently.html

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March 31, 2016 at 5:55 am ·

Cache Valley Rides

Cache Valley Rides: Spring & Baby Animals

On this ride we headed out on Valley View highway through the marshlands. This time of year you can see lots of Canadian Geese, and all kinds of ducks and small birds in the water.

We headed out through Benson. It is calving season, and there are lots of fields with “baby moos” (as the Grandfriends call them). It is fun to see them all gathered together in a small group under the watchful eye of their mothers.

Traveling north we saw a group of beautiful white geese nesting. Did you know that geese mate for life with the same partner? We also saw lots of horses, unfortunately, no babies. We saw a couple flocks of sheep, with some lambs.

Out near Trenton there is a domesticated elk farm. There were several babies in the field. We were lucky because they were so close to the road. There is another domesticated elk farm in Willard that has a lot of elk to see! If you are ever in the neighborhood of the Fruit Stands, it’s worth a stop at the Apple Creek Amish Store, and a few more minutes up the road to see them all grazing in the field.

We are so lucky to live in such an amazing valley that is beautiful in every season!

If you have time, get out and have your own Cache Valley Ride Adventure! 
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Geese laying on eggs in the marshes of Benson

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Benson marshland

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Elk near Trenton. One is sticking it’s tongue out. These mamas had babies playing in the back field.

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A smiling horse that came over to the bus to say “hi” when we opened the doors. (yes, that is a true story!)

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Baby “Moos”

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