Roaming Free

Over a month ago I caught a flight to Arizona to assist in caring for my ailing (non COVID-19 related), eighty-four-year-old mother. It’s been a roller coaster ride of a variety of sorts, which there is no preparation for.  Although she is doing better, assistance for elderly care during this pandemic is - well… hard to come by. But, we (my sisters and I) are handling it and it certainly has not been without humor. And, like most of the country/world, we are staying in place, with added necessary precautions.
Arizona Flowers
I am very grateful that I have the ability to be where I am, but I long to roam free. Since I was a teenager when the world seemed to be closing in on me, I would lace up my sneakers and run, letting the wind, rain, snow or sun take me away in the wide open spaces. The great outdoors has always been my refuge and even though the setting where I currently reside is beautiful - complete with trees, Bougainvillea and a plethora of birds - I long to roam.  

Arizona Canal When things start to feel too heavy, I do what I have always done, only now at a slower pace. I roam the streets until I come to the canal that is fed by the Salt, Verde and Colorado Rivers. It is a place for runners, walkers, bicycle riders and wild things. The canal runs for miles and miles and is protected between two concrete walls that are draped with flowering bushes. Ducks, geese and turtles are often found and I stop to talk to them all along the way. It is good conversation. When the weight starts to lift, I turn and head back, with the knowingness that I have been replenished and can face whatever lies ahead.

This however does not cure my homesickness - so I roam through photographs of the buffalo, which transports me back home to the prairie. In them I see brighter days ahead. I’ve put a collection of images together to share with you and I hope they brighten your day too. Wherever your “stay in place” environment is, stay strong and roam on. It's good medicine.  

Bison Bull in Rays

Bison Herd Summer

Bison Herd in Sun Rays

Bison Cow Close Up

Sunrise Over Bison

 Bison in Sunset

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  • Thanks so much for your beautiful thoughts and the ability you have to put them into words. And, then, of course, are the wonderful bison! They are always my favorites——so stoic and strong and beautiful. Easter blessings to you, Dan and families.

    Amanda White
  • Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures. Your mom is lucky to have you.
    Tomorrow’s Easter dinner will be Buffalo Sloppy Joes using your recipe. It is not the traditional Easter dinner but cooking for one requires a change of course.

    Barbara Horton
  • I read an article in Mens Journal about your family , and how incredibly healthy your Buffalo is . That and how the environment benefits as well. My wife and I received our first order , and LOVE it. We did not realize the store bought stuff was just not as good for us or the environment. Thank-you for changing corners of the world all over.
    Timothy Hale
  • I hope you might consider getting these out in a book someday to tell your story. Thanks for giving us beauty and hope!

    Chris Knerr
  • Beautiful words and awesome photos, thank you for sharing them.

    Happy Easter to All of You out there ~

    Diana Siderides
  • I’m in the Phoenix area – if you can’t be here but need something dropped off for your mom (from the store, etc.), I’d be happy to be a drop-off/delivery person. I wouldn’t make face-to-face contact, but I’ll be happy to do a “doorbell dump”!!

  • Best wishes to your mother and family . We truly enjoyed the photos , living in California we take frequent trips to Wyoming , Montana and Yellowstone, in the winter and love seeing the Elk and Buffalo, in these times we our glad we have horses they our escape to ride on the trails and enjoy the outdoors seeing cranes ,bobcats, and coyotes . Thank you for the great recipes for the delicious Buffalo and I have been trying a lot of them out while being home.

    Sue and Jim Corley
  • Best wishes with your Mother. And best wishes to you, Dan and the herd. May you all stay safe and healthy. Mountain bluebirds are back in WY even though snow is predicted for Easter and one degree tonight. The mule deer and bighorn sheep that surround our house won’t mind the temps. And there are hints of green grass!

    Kathy Treanor
  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and visual prayers.

    Dan Cohen
  • Thank you Jill. Healing thoughts and images. No prairies here in the Carolina lowcountry, but we have yet marshes and creeks and forests. Birds are nesting, humming birds and great. Estes fly st hers in the yard. No bison here, but there were when Duropeans first arrived. I’m so glad to know they are being brought back and that the prairies have returned. Thanks to your family. Take. Are and stay safe.

    Cheves Leland
  • I hope that you all have a Happy Easter.

    Artie Hardie
  • Beautiful land hope to see it one day, thanks for the photos. We are from NewEngland my refuge is a long walk in the backwoods amongst the geologic mystery’s in our area. We have a chapel of stone out back to visit and reflect.

    Nick Cardinale
  • Happy Easter Jill. We will roam with you in spirit as we find our way through this unusual time. Bless us all…

  • BAck when I was in an office 40 hrs. a week. Some days I would go to the nearest
    garden center and walk in live plants section to decompress. It helped.
    Now, when I can’t go or the weather is nasty I look at your wonderful pictures and
    read about you, Dan and family.
    thanks to all of you and what you are doing for the praire and the people who eat
    the healthy buffalo.

    Janis Fitschen
  • Thank you for this, Jill. It was nice to see you again, if only for a moment across the doorway. I will check on your Mom and Susan for you. The pictures are beautiful. They give me a sense of God’s awesomeness but also of His calming spirit.
    Peace and blessings from Arizona.

    Jean Nielsen

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