Saturday, October 22, 2016
Kobae has been picked up speed the last 15 minutes of our hike so I know he wants out of the sun and is trying to find shade so I steer him that direction. Kobae's breaks are always right at one hour and fifteen minutes. That give me some time to explore. When I return 15 minutes later, he's gone. I've become pretty good over the years at tracking him and in this particular soil it's not difficult at all.With guests checking in soon I try to turn him around but he's fighting me and it's exhausting. I spot some side by sides in the distance and head for them hoping he'll take some shade and we'll both get to take a break. Kobae doesn't stay in the shade and takes off for any direction but back to the lodge and it's fight time again.With Kobae getting lots of attention and resting in the shade I have a brief window of opportunity to shorten the return hike by about three hours of fighting. Now it's loading time.
Friday, October 21, 2016
A couple years ago when Kobae escaped and was gone for four or five days I realized later I actually found his tracks the first day but they looked like old tracks as the wind had put debris in them and the plants had recovered already from being crushed by him I figured the tracks to be a couple days or more old. Kobae has a habit of going the same direction, checking out the same area, three or four days in a row. Now, I step in Kobae's tracks a good portion of the hike so that in the future if he escapes and I come across multiple sets of tracks I'll know for sure which are old and which are fresh. It's a big deal. Had I done that previously it would have saved me four days of searching.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
When Prommel Well #1, a few miles east and north of Base Camp ceased functioning in 1930, a fellow name Wash Johnson cut a deal to remove one of the cabins from the site. With horses him and two friends dragged it a couple miles to just below where Base Camp is now. They trapped fox for a few years and when Wash passed in February 1941 it was never used again, well at least until Kobae stumbled across what's left of it while hiking.