There is an elk herd located an approximate 1 1/2-hour drive from our house. We like to drive to Benezette, PA a few times a year to check out the elk herd. Yesterday was one of those days that we went in search of elk. The overcast, cold day didn’t provide much motivation to get out of the house. When we drive to Benezette, we usually leave early to mid-morning. Yesterday we left home late, around 1:00 pm.
There is an area known as “the saddle” that photographer friends have hiked numerous times, looking for elk. Bob and I had never been to the saddle area, until yesterday. After parking our car, we hiked up to the saddle area. There is a path that surrounds the saddle area. We stayed on the path for our first saddle hike.
We didn’t see any elk during our hike in the saddle area. However, we were rewarded with wonderful views of the countryside!
After our hike in the saddle area we returned to Winslow Hill Road. Immediately, we saw an elk herd in a field across the road from the Winslow Hill elk view area.
After a few minutes, we continued on our way down Winslow Hill Road. We stopped for an early dinner at the Benezette Hotel. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Bob ordered a steak salad; I ordered a taco salad. Bob had to help me eat the taco salad, as it was huge. Both salads were delicious and reasonably priced.
After dinner we drove back up Winslow Hill Road to see if the elk herd was still grazing in the same area. They were! I took some more photographs.
We drove back down Winslow Hill Road and turned right onto Route 555.
I am happy that we got out of the house yesterday. Our visit to Benezette provided us with fresh air, blue skies and sunshine and, yes, elk views!