The folks at Hell's A-Roarin' Ranch told our friends Scott and Dale where a secluded fox den was located off a dirt road high on a mountain above Gardiner, Montana. They'd seen the parents and a group of baby fox playing in the area earlier that day. They also offered information and directions on places where we were likely to find extraordinary wildlife in the early morning hours. The plan was to be on the mountain top before sunrise with our cameras ready for action. Indeed, we discovered wolf, bison, deer, pronghorn, elk, eagles, and even a 'grave yard' where bear had left the remains of their prey. But, we were really interested in photographing the baby animals. So, farther up the mountain we went past an old mining town and over a questionably stable bridge. We actually made this trip up the mountain twice as we didn't find the fox den on our first excursion....it was during the second trip that I noticed a warning on the dashboard panel 'your right front tire is low - add air'. Okay. Sure, I'll look at it - when we get to the top of the mountain. I knew it wasn't good when Linda got out and her first reaction was 'Oh, No!' Yes - flat.
Hmmm. How were we going to tell someone our location? We didn't know our location.
Fortunately, our cell phones worked, at least intermittently, and we were able to contact Scott and Dale who did know the location and were kind enough to change the tire. And, guess what? Just as they arrived so did the baby foxes! Thanks!
We owe these guys dinner.
Investigating the Options
Object of Our Attention
Dramatic Light at the End of the Day