For our first episode on season two, we head out to where the series began last year: back to the Wild Horse Range! Except this time, things don’t go exactly to plan and we take a reflective journey to how we got here.
Previous Season’s Wild Horse Range Video:
Fasten your exploration seatbelts because today we’re back on the Wild Horse Range. Well, sorta – stick around for a little bit and let’s see where the journey takes us.
It’s been about six months since I shot the initial footage. So I thought I needed to reintroduce it. Explain that maybe sometimes we don’t end up where we think we might be in the end. And sometimes it’s more about The Journey. Actually, I’m not even towing a trailer right now. This? This is just water.
This trip, my priority was to visit the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center to better understand how the horses faired over the long winter and advice on what to look for on my journey. If you plan on taking a trip to the range, this is an excellent resource for information. The staff has always been friendly and accommodating to me. If you’re looking for a fully guided tour by the people that have the most intimate knowledge on the range as well as the vehicles and skills to navigate the rocky terrain, these are the folks to come see.
But today, I’m in search of something special. Something I wasn’t able find last time I visited.
It is a beautiful day out there, guys. We’ve already been through the long journey up the mountain. And to those who haven’t seen it, there will be a link in the description to last season’s video. So let’s go ahead and skip some of the old and see what we can capture new.
Here we go. We’re about a third of the way up and here is the first horse I’ve spotted over the left. I’ll leave you alone buddy.
We’re climbing in elevation and it’s getting kinda chilly up here.
I love these fields here. They are just full of flowers right now. Everything’s green. This is my favorite part of the journey on Burnt Timber Ridge Road – along this area.
I do believe that is a foal right over there laying down!
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A few months have passed since my last visits to the range. I’ve made numerous attempts to journey back but none of those have really panned out. Now I’m back and in search of the foals I saw earlier this year.
The snow and cold temperatures have arrived. So today, I came in my daily driver to shelter from the wind and the chill.
So far, I haven’ had much luck. I’ve journeyed up from the dry climate below, all the way up to the snowline – carefully scanning the horizon for our equine friends. Every once in a while I see some tracks from wild horses or coyotes, and rabbits. There’s quite a bit of human footprints up here as well.
The snow is getting deeper in some of these shady areas, and I’m trying to be mindful of my unaltered street vehicle.
Well guys, I’ve finally reached my limit right up there and was forced to back down. The conditions are slick and with my open differentials and less than stellar off-road tires, I may have met my match.
Before I take another go at this area up here, I want to check the snow level and make sure it’s even worth driving up there. I haven’t seen any signs of the horses lately, so I think that we’re actually going to be having better luck behind us.
There’s signs of life everywhere, but these appear to be a couple days old though.
You know, as I continue to drive on, I’m beginning to feel a bit frustrated. So right now as it stands, I have an incomplete film and I’m just looking for that last little bit to push me over. I just can’t seem to find what I’m looking for up here.
Uh- now you do you do plan on having horses on your on your Wild Horse Range film, right? Hello? Right?
I’ve really gotta rethink this.
Where could they be? I planned this. I took advice and researched before I left.
I journeyed far up the mountain, and back down again. Every half mile stopping, getting out the vehicle, hiking on top of the hills, and the next hill, and then the next. Sometimes seeing signs of life. I know they’re here – they’re all around me.
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** Bogfoot Film Facts **
Episode: Season 2, Episode 1
Chronological Episode Number: 7
Number of Cameras on Set: 6
Number of Cameras used in Final Edit: 5
Number of Filming Days: 3
Post Edit Hours: ~50
Squatch Factor: Low