Urban Rancher Publishing

Only in Estes
  As that elk bugled again, the Urban Rancher remembered one evening last winter when he was going into town for a meeting, and encountered some elk again -- not an uncommon experience in Estes Park in the wintertime ...


The Urban Rancher
My Bike
Childhood's Maze
It's Almost Too Late
Little Brother
Floppy-Eared Dog
Only in Estes
Death of an Old Friend
The Mirror
McGraw Ranch
The Breakfast Ride
The Steak Fry
The Old Cowboy
The Mummy
The Ride
The Character
Our Steeds
The Garden
The Honeymoon Night
The Perfume
The Last Ranch
Our Reunion
Where Are You Now?
The Forties
Make Some Memories
The High Country
How Can We Help?
One of Those Days
The Vultures
Looking Backwards

It's evening in Estes and it's snowing again,
As I head into town, people to meet.
I live five miles out, and often I see
Sights and sounds that are ever so neat.

I come down the lane and have to slow down,
There's movement in the fields on both sides.
I can see elk everywhere as their ghostly shapes move,
And across the road an ocasional one glides.

On down the road, as I approach town,
A big herd of elk is again in my way.
They muddle around, trying to jump the fence,
Caught in my lights, they're nervous and grey.

On past the bypass, a block from the main street,
I'm stopped again by a beautiful sight.
A big lone bull elk saunters out onto the road,
Showing his 6-point rack in all of his might.

He stands there and poses, silhouetted by the light
Of the town, the snow continues to fall.
A magical sight, then more bull elk come down,
And they stand so majestic and tall.

By now I'm running late, but I don't really care,
This is one of the reasons I live here.
For it's only in Estes in winter you find
That the wildlife co-exists without fear.

The street lights in town illuminate the snow,
It's a scene for Norman Rockwell, it seems.
For it's a typical night in Estes in winter,
One assumes others see only in their dreams.

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