That's right.... an elk, who had these little stubby fuzzy antlers trying to grow. He just gazed at us with his calm, inscrutible eyes expressing what? boredom? maybe a hint of curiosity? but, overall, I believe he held disdain for these two-legged mortals who attempted to enjoy HIS world on these objects that rolled down a trail... And, of course, it wasn't long before the sun made his appearance and chased away the gloomy clouds!
So, since I am not the fastest climber in the world; AND because my appointed roll in the scheme of things is to ride sweep so that no one gets left behind.... I have no pictures until we started back. (I get to go first then -- whooop!)At the end of the ride, when we were all putting up our bikes and chatting about the elk, the deer that some of us saw, future rides and such; along comes a fox -- just trotting along and paying no never mind to this group of chatting, giggling two-legged critters who was intruding into his world. And, try as I might, I just couldn't get a decent picture of this non-chalant, elusive creature who seemed to just elude the camera lense. But, that IS their nature, is it not??