Celebrating Spring with Grandson Lincoln

This past week my grandson Lincoln and I happened to notice the buffalo grazing and watering down by the river. He loves buffalo, and when I asked him if he wanted to go and see them his 21 month old legs took off running for his coat. 

Buffalo Herd 

We approached the herd very slowly and occasionally called out "Come Buffers, Come Buffers", while drumming the side of the vehicle.

Wild Idea Buffalo Co. Ranch

Lincoln caught on quickly and once we were stopped he started tapping the 4-wheeler and softly muttered "Buffah, Buffah". 

Cheyenne River Buffalo Ranch

The buffalo circled around us and we listened to their soft grunts and spoke back to them in the same manner. Lincoln watched them closely and occasionally let out squeals of joy!

Buffalo Herd

We noticed the expecting mother buffalo, heavy with their calves. 

Buffalo Cow

Even with their extra weight they looked content (How do they do that?).

Mother Buffalo's

Lincoln only lost his focus when I left the vehicle, which he then thought gave him the go-ahead to be the driver! (Emergency brake was fully engaged and I was within feet.)

Cheyenne River Ranch

He pursed his lips together and made his best tractor/vehicle noise.

Buffalo Mother & Calf

We stayed for a couple of hours, until the last of the buffalo were ready to cross.

Cheyenne River Ranch

We said our goodbyes and thanked the buffalo for allowing us to be among them. I tucked Lincoln close to me and we buckled up and headed back to the house. His eyes were shut within minutes. I relished in his warmth as we slowly made our way home. 

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  • Home, home on the range.
    Where Lincoln and the buffalo play.

    Enjoy it all and thanks for sharing.

    m. matson
  • What a sweet little boy, Lincoln. And not afraid of the buffalo. The animals can be called gentle giants. Very tame and friendly.

    Mary Jane Lincoln
  • What a great spring story! Little children understand the joy being with the wild things that adults have sometimes lost. I really enjoyed looking at the wonderful pictures, and thank you so much for sharing them with us. You are doing such a wonderful thing with your land and the buffalo. I particularly like the fact that you make it possible for many of the native American families to continue raising buffalo too because you help them with marketing their animals. I eat your wild idea buffalo stew meat for lunch and dinner every single day, as it is just about the only pure meat on the planet. May you and all your dear ones always have God’s blessings.

    Don Meyer

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