Meego had a winter percussion competition today in Denver, so Magnum and I went along, although the stereotypical "band parents" were are certainly not. But that's another story.
Anyway, it was just nice to have clear roads and clear skies for a change. The trip and entertainment were just gravy. We arrived with plenty of time before Meego's group was scheduled to perform, and Magnum noticed a curious "Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge" on the map near the competition venue.
"TWO PONDS?!", he smirked at the name. "NATIONAL wildlife refuge?!" he smirked at the distinction. Okay, I agreed it wasn't much of a name, and we were in the middle of a residential area that didn't look anything like a wildlife refuge, so it was decided. We had to check this place out.
It's a real thing. I googled.
And we were there. Today. See?
It wasn't a huge place, but it actually looked quite inviting. I think it would be a fun place to take little kids. Today, it was very buried in snow. We ventured inward a little bit along a trail someone had blazed with snowshoes, but with the risk of being stranded and resorting to cannibalism, we turned around.
One thing has us curious, however. Maybe the blog brain trust can help? Here's one of the trailhead kiosks...
Note the universal "do's and dont's" symbols. On the right, the "dont's": No horseback riding, no bicycles, no pooches, no humungous cigarettes, and no shark fishing - apparently. On the left, the "do's": Wheelchair access, binoculars/observing, hiking, and... and... deer hunting? Bring your pet elk? Not our fault if you are gored by antlered wildlife? What does that symbol mean??
Oh, the band competition was fun too. They did us all proud.
I was glad to have something take my mind off the weird signage of Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge...