On the third day of our road trip we were heading for the Canadian border crossing between Turner, MT and Climax, SK. State route 241 continues north from Turner about a dozen miles to the border but about halfway there, I turned off onto Boyer Road.
This is big country with grass all the way to the horizon in almost every direction. I knew that this was a chunk of public ground there where Patty could get a good run before we tackled the main part of our planned drive for the day.
Boyer Road is not much more than a 2-track over the prairie and there were signs restricting off-road driving so I just parked off to the side and Patty and I headed out into the prairie grasses on foot.
We wandered around for about an hour and, during that span, kicked up a pair of sharp tailed grouse and then later a flock of 18 more. It was an exciting moment and I wondered what it would be like to return here in the fall. The birds had flushed at 50 or more yards so hunting them would no doubt be a challenge. I’d love to give it a try someday and I know that Patty would too.
When Patty was done running and had had his fill of water, we loaded up and headed north to the Canadian border.