My 3rd trip out to Boxley Valley proved to be quite a bit more exciting than last time. There were quite a few herds out in the fields in different areas in along the valley. The elk really like the lower temperatures and the rain that we had last night. There was a very large herd of elk in the first field when you drive into the valley. We kept going through the valley, just to see what was going on, and we saw several small groups and several lone bulls wondering the valley. Eventually we came across a medium sized herd, the there were several bulls that were bugling and counter-bugling. I was really hoping to see a bullfight, or even some sparing, and if we were going to see any this was probably the spot. Sadly, though, no bull flights. The herd bull spent a fair amount of time chasing the other bulls that were there around, but none were willing to stand up to him. I did manage to get some shots of the herd bull bugling with his breath showing in the cold air. That was one that was on my list.
On the way back home we stopped in Harrison, where the Harvest Homecoming was taking place on the square. Caite was happy, she found that there was someone there with a facepainting booth.