I finally, after 17 years, drew a bighorn sheep tag here in Colorado. It's an archery tag and starts on August 3rd so it's time to get out and scout. My oldest grandson accompanied me. He is just as excited as I am. The snow in the high country is huge this year and navigating in it can be tricky. Water is running everywhere. At one point I was standing on some wet low ground and suddenly broke through like breaking through ice and started sinking fast. I managed to throw my body forward and spread my weight while pulling a leg out. As soon as I was clear mud came bubbling up out of the hole. Disconcerting, but not really a serious event. Big snow years are also big avalanche years and the snow deposited at the base of them can be tricky especially if it's warm and soft. We were able to walk across them ok but it can be tricky when you start sliding! Here's my grandson about to arrive at the top of a slide mass. You can see the gully where the avalanche came down. We were able to make it to a saddle on the continental divide at about 11,800 feet but could not continue over onto north facing side due to even more snow. We found considerable sheep sign from last fall freshly exposed by the melt. Travel habits were obvious, but this is a new year with conditions to opposite of last year! No sheep were sighted but they may not be frequenting this area yet. Some of the earlier blooming wildflowers are putting on a good show. While we saw no sheep we saw quite a few deer, some elk with this year's calves in the herd and one grumpy looking bullwinkle. The deer would not cooperate with the camera. A few more random photos. I should have gotten more photos and will do better next time. There will be more scouts before the season opens. I've never done a blog, but should something ongoing like this be done that way?