In Natrona County Wyoming, just west of the airport, is 33 mile road.

My guess is it's about 33 miles long. (Just going out on a limb here).

This past Sunday I drove the road, north, intending to drive up to Johnson County where the road ends, just below the town of Kaycee.

Just to see what was out there.

From 33-mile road, we turned right onto Lone Bear Road. 

Perhaps someone saw a lone bear there once? Just guessing.

At the Johnson County Line, Lone Bear Road becomes TTT Road or Tripple T Road. That's where the TTT Ranch can be found.

Photo By Tim Mandese
Photo By Tim Mandese

But it really is the same road.

Google Maps says it will take 1 hour 48 minutes to drive this route. But that's assuming you're not stopping to look at the amazing views.

You would not believe how many prairie dogs we saw along the way.

It has to be one of the biggest prairie dog cities in Wyoming.

Their holes stretch for about a dozen miles along the road.

That's not including all of the holes that stretch out on either side of the road, further than we could see.

Local photographer and artist Tim Mandese rode with me.

I drove and watched for traffic when we stopped, he took pictures.

Photo By Tim Mandese
Photo By Tim Mandese

The problem with trying to photograph prairie dogs is that they duck for cover when a vehicle even slows down a little.

They have no problem standing up straight in full sunlight if we are speeding along.

But slow down even just a little and they dive into their holes.

There is always that one watchdog keeping an eye on us and screeching warnings to the neighborhood.

I would not doubt that there is a bigger prairie dog city someplace out there.

But, honestly, it would be hard to top the size of this one.

Photo By Tim Mandese
Photo By Tim Mandese

The picture above is of one of those little jerks warning everyone to keep their heads down while Tim tries to take pictures.

At one point we did see a hawk and an eagle overhead, so these little guys have every reason to be nervous.

Honestly, birds of prey would never have to worry about finding a meal again, if they could only get past the millions of eyes watching them.

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