A LOAD OF BULL


A LOAD OF BULL

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Custer is breathtaking!
A place of unlimited exploration, we spent a night there lodged between adventures of climbing, caving, and hiking.
 Enjoying a sunrise, wind-down drive in the late evening, we moved through the famed "Needle's passage" and several miles, bends, and curves later found ourselves spectators of a spectacular show:
 A massive Bull Buffalo meandering idly in a forest shrouded with spruce and evergreen and an old vacant, red house thrown picturesquely in-between situated to my right. I gave Scot a quick jab and told him to stop; he applied the breaks so quickly I felt spared of a concussion by only a second.
The windows were rolled down and "beholding, admiration, and awe" escaped from our lips along with a humorous line from Robin Hood,
"Criminely, Trigger! Point that peashooter the other way."
-Sheriff of Nottingham
Great goodness and land of mercy for size!
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Good golly and Miss Molly ...
Have you ever seen so much "Bull" in all your life?
The wonder and magnificence of this creature renders me speechless yet!
I could look at him all day long.
Enormous. Magnificent. Majestic.
A great big "load" of Bull.
I see notable offspring with beefy horns sprouting early and little bull calves ramming little bull horns playfully into one another. I hear Mama Buffalo telling her rowdy bull-buffalo boys that if there's too much trouble, Daddy Bull's gonna deal with them when he gets home. And the little rowdy bulls settle themselves down in an instant.
Hmmm ...
A playful imagination affords great entertainment and laughter is good for the soul.
It's fun when more than "one" sees a Buffalo.
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 Buffalo are "bull-headed" beautiful:
+Males weigh up to 2000 pounds and stand 6 1/2 feet tall at the shoulder.
Females weigh up to 1200 pounds and are about a foot smaller.
+Buffalo can jump up to 6 feet high and reach speeds of 35 mph. This fact seems impossible considering their massive size but it's true!
+Buffalo hair is dense and allows them to withstand frigid temps. Not until it reaches a chill -20° do they feel a need to hunker down and get out the Buffalo blankets.
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Rules of Engagement:
+Give Buffalo space. 100 feet or better displays appropriate intelligence.
+Do not startle Buffalo. Whistle early (ha.)
+DO NOT RUN from Buffalo. Slowwwwllly back away.
+DO NOT HONK at Buffalo. They don't like it.
+Buffalo are not normally aggressive but they won't hesitate to show some "bull" if they feel threatened or have offspring to protect.
+Buffalo do not like fast moving things and they grow impatient with little objects called dogs.
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Buffalo do several things before charging:
+Gaze and stare ... might be more than projected boredom.
+Swing their heads.
+Paw the ground or lock horns with the ground.
+Snort and make short bluff charges.
+Move towards you.
+Raise their tail in agitation.
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Ain't no "bull" about a true load of Bull.
Mind your manners and show some respect.
Enjoy the show!
Appreciate the beauty, strength, and gigantic creative powers of God and marvel openly at the wonders of His creation.
Expand your horizons and go explore them.
You were made for more;
go explore!
I see Buffalo around the bend and on the horizon ...
What do you see?
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"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a Buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset."
-Crowfoot