The Frenchman river valley.
(Grassland National Park)
To understand the Frenchman river valley is to take a step back in time, few places allow for the imagination to run wild. Walking through the glacial carved hills it becomes clear that you are in a place few truly appreciate, the endless horizon feels like a journey in itself, tempting you to move forward. As you reach the valley crest the full view of the Frenchman river valley take hold of your vision, the wandering eye catches a herd of Bison as they carefully pick the best tasting grass and make there way across the river valley knowing that they set there own pace. Sitting atop the valley makes one wonder what the views would have been like when millions of bison roamed the prairies, This valley speaks to the past as the few remaining bison are former shadows of the once magnificent herds.
Walking through the valley you will without question cross one of the bustling Prairie dog colonies, These curious and cautious rodents are without question great families as they continuously look out for and warn there fellow colony members of hawks, fox’s, coyotes, and the occasional wandering man. To me the simple joy of walking amongst these often fat rodents is what makes the Frenchmen valley so wonderful. As with many places today we are often only allowed a glimpse of past glory, this is the case of the Black Footed ferret, once a prominent member of this valley ecosystem he remains no more. With re-introduction attempts failing the future success of this species is in question, if your are lucky enough to get a quick glimpse count your blessings as your are of the minority. Should you choose to submit yourself to the Frenchman valley the rewards will not be soon forgotten, the endless skyline and the hills carved by receding glaciers are a remedy for the soul often overwhelmed in the economic machine of the 21st century.