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Benezette Elk

Yesterday, after admiring the variety of chainsaw sculptures at the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, Bob and I decided to drive to Benezette in the hopes of seeing one or more elk. Before sharing photographs that I took of the elk, I want to share with you what we did prior to arriving in Benezette.

Our first stop, after leaving Ridgway, was at Elk County Medical Center in St. Marys, PA. My friend Gretchen’s son, Trevor, was in the hospital after suffering a perforated lung. I met Gretchen through her blog, Gretchen’s Travels, and we met in person at last year’s Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. You can read about that meeting here. We met Trevor at the Rendezvous as well. I guess we didn’t make any impression on him, though, because Trevor doesn’t remember meeting us! I did what I came to the hospital to do. I gave Gretchen a hug. In fact, I gave her two hugs. I wanted Gretchen to know that she had the support of her friend. Gretchen’s husband was at the hospital as well. Randy, it was nice to meet you finally! Trevor was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, February 16. Hopefully he will be released from the hospital today.

Our second stop was at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, also in St. Marys. We enjoyed steak (me) and chicken and ribs (Bob) for lunch, accompanied by the bountiful salad and dessert bar. No one ever leaves Hoss’s hungry!

After eating lunch we drove to Benezette. We stopped at the Elk Country Visitor Center first. We didn’t see any elk in the field, as we circled around the parking lot. There could have been elk at any of the viewing stations; however, we didn’t get out to look. The weather had turned cold and blustery, and I had no desire to brave the elements! We continued on to the Winslow Hill viewing area.

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Winslow Hill Elk Herd
as seen from Dewey Road

After photographing the elk herd, we returned to Route 555. Just prior to Route 555 we saw four elk, located a lot closer than the Winslow Hill Elk Herd!

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These elk were grazing on private property
near the intersection
of Winslow Hill Road and Route 555

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After viewing the elk, we returned home. What a wonderful Saturday we had! I hope your Saturday was just as enjoyable.

8 Responses to “Benezette Elk”

  1. eileeninmd

    Hi Linda, sounds like a great day. I hope your friend's son will be Ok. I love the photos of the elk. They are amazing critters. Some day I hope to visit the Benezette Elk myself. I am sure that will be a road trip. Mena time thanks for sharing your trip.

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  2. Betsy from Tennessee

    Oh how neat, Linda… Sounds like you two had a fabulous day… Your lunch/dinner sounds yummy also… Love seeing the elk and you got some great pictures… I love seeing the elk we have not too far from here in NC.Have a great day. Raining here and supposed to turn to snow… Who knows????Hugs,Betsy

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  3. Anonymous

    Yum … those elk look tasty! Do any of the local stores sell elk meat? Cynthia

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  4. Willard

    That first spot where the elk are is really familiar. I like to see the big herds on the dead grass of winter.Also good photos of 10D and the cows–looks like you had a good day.

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  5. Anonymous

    What a great discovery of a huge heard of elk Linda! Great road trip and discovery day for you and Bob. Did you get pics of the chainsaw carvers?Judith B

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