We came across several day hikers and they were asking if we had seen any ponies. We told them were we saw one of the herds in the morning. We also came across several Thru-Hikers that Dave had run into before. Eddie from Germany and another later in the day we saw a girl named Clarity. They both told us of a larger herd of ponies that was not so friendly. Guess they were up near one of the shelters last night and got aggressive towards the hikers and ended up kicking one of the dogs that was at the shelter. Yikes! Guess that herd had 2 foals so maybe over protective mothers.
Sad but this is nature. We came across a carcass too. The Ranger had warned us in the morning that it was an extremely hard winter and some of the herds have been dying off and we could encounter several carcasses near the trails. The one we found was lying off the trail just a bit. Bones, well that is how I needed to think of it so I could deal with seeing it.
We also saw several fighter jets and a transport at close range. They must have been doing training in the mountains.
The day was getting late so we decided to head back to the car so we could enjoy the cottage and Jacuzzi. We were coming down around a corner and the same 4 ponies and the little one were right in the middle of the trail just looking at us. This time all of them came up to us wanting attention. We were a bit leery after hearing of the shelter story from last night. These 5 were very friendly. We must have spent 1/2hr petting the ponies and watching them. The little one came right over too. Momma didn’t seem to mind. The little one loved that we were all salty from hiking and kept licking us. Soon as she was done licking us she would go to her mom for a drink. What a pleasure to see them twice when some of the other hikers there for the day didn’t get to see any at all.
What a great day!