White Buffalo

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232011
 

Yesterday morning we slept in, catching up from the 1350 long miles we have covered since we left Bremerton, Washington on Monday. When we finally did get up, we spent an hour or so checking e-mail and reading a couple of our favorite blogs. It was good to just play lazy and not have to do anything.

In the early afternoon, we walked down to Frontier Village, which is a collection of historic buildings that have been moved to Jamestown from all over the state, including a barber shop, saloon, one room schoolhouse, church, and several others.

Pioneer Village street

Barber shop

Frontier Village is also the home of the National Buffalo Museum, and we spent a while touring the museum, checking out the many displays; everything from a buffalo robe to Native American artifacts, and items from the days of the buffalo hunters. The museum even has a full size mounted buffalo, and an Indian tipi on display!

Buffalo Museum inside

Buffao mount

Tipi

The museum also has its own buffalo herd, which live in a huge compound. Included in the herd is White Cloud, an albino buffalo who was born in 1996, and has since given birth to several calves, including one albino like herself. Another white calf was born to one of the herd’s brown buffalo. White buffalo have special significance to Native American culture, and people come from all over the country to see these unique animals.

Buffalo 

Since they are very sensitive to sunlight, not every visitor gets to see the white buffalo. During most of the day, they stay in the shade of the trees in their compound. But we were very lucky, because we saw one of them grazing, and even though it was quite a distance away, Miss Terry was able to get some photos by using her camera at maximum zoom.

White buffalo

After we toured Frontier Village and the museum, we went back to our motorhome to get some orders ready to mail out, and then ran to the post office. Then we drove to an RV park a couple of miles west of town to drop off a bundle of sample issues of the Gypsy Journal, and then to WalMart for a few things.

When we left WalMart, we stopped for dinner at a pizza buffet that had been recommended by several people. While the food was pretty good, we had to deal with a bunch of boys from a baseball team from Dickinson, who are in town for a baseball tournament. I know boys are full of energy, and they were no doubt pumped up by their excursion to the big city of Jamestown, but these kids were flat out rude. They continually pushed themselves in front of other people at the buffet line, reached in and grabbed things with their hands, and twice I saw them drop food on the floor, and just kick it away or walk away without picking it up. While this was happening, two adult men, whom I assume were their coaches or chaperones, ignored their behavior and the dirty looks other diners were shooting their way.

After we finished eating, we drove back to the Buffalo Museum, where Terry wanted to buy some buffalo meat, which is much better than beef, with less cholesterol, lower fat, and tastes much better. About the time she made her selections, the door burst open, and the same crowd of kids rushed inside, talking loudly, grabbing everything off the shelves in the gift shop, and then they barged right past the sign saying admission was required to tour the museum, without paying. The young lady working at the counter had to excuse herself and go chase them down, telling them they had not paid. They came back out, complaining about “that bitchy girl” and again, the man who was “in charge” of them just ignored their actions. They took off, in search of somebody else to offend, and the young lady returned to finish our order, and commented on what jerks they had been.

Now, I’ll admit that even as a kid, I was never good at sports. But isn’t part of the idea of the whole thing to teach young people to be good citizens? And aren’t their coaches and other adults associated with team activities supposed to be role models? Is ignoring the way they act up, and not correcting their behavior, what a role model is supposed to do?

As of late last night the wind had picked up quite a bit, and the weather report was still calling for strong storms in this area overnight and much of today. So I think we may just stay here another day, and leave on Sunday, when things are supposed to be clear and calm. There are several geocaches within a mile or so of where we are parked, including one right here in the campground, and a couple at Frontier Village. So if the weather cooperates, we may try to hunt them down.

 Thought For The Day – The cardiologist’s diet; if it tastes good spit it out.

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  12 Responses to “White Buffalo”

  1. Enjoy your blog daily. Need some suggestions of good blogs to read. Suggestions please.

  2. I’m glad you got a picture of the white buffalo. 🙂

  3. We’ve had a similar experience with my son’s baseball team years ago. After awhile with these spoiled, rude kids, we realized it wasn’t about sportsmanship or learning anything. The coaches were just grown up punks trying to relive their youth. They had no idea.

  4. “And aren’t their coaches and other adults associated with team activities supposed to be role models?”
    25 – 30 years ago these coaches, were the assholes running around unsupervised, just a big cycle going round and round.

  5. We seen a herd of the White Buffalo while we were in Flagstaff, Arizona a few years back. It was a spiritual experience for us!

  6. These boys represent the majority of the youth of today, it is sad. I had just the opposite experience this week with the kids of RV families. I was serving morning coffee and donuts at the GNR rally. Several youths came up to get a goody and I was amazed at how polite they were they said please and thank you, did not smart off at any one. It was refreshing to know some parents teach their kids manners.

  7. It is no wonder that some restaurants are not letting children under 6 years old into their place to eat. I wish more restaurant managers would approach the parents of where the unruly children are and tell them to control their kids or leave. It is not pleasant eating in a place where you cannot enjoy your meal with kids crying or whining and running all around the place. However, there are good parents out there who teach their kids some manners and behave appropriately.

  8. We always make a point of complimenting parents on the good behavior of their children. Positive reinforcement is always a good thing! We had a similar experience while staying overnight in a motel where several soccer teams were staying. They were running up and down the hallways, kicking soccer balls, pounding on the doors…until 2am!…and the management did nothing!!! Needless to say, we will never stay in a Best Western again!

  9. We also make it a point to compliment parents of children that behave in public places. I love to do that especially when next to them are the parents of unruley children.They always look at us like we will turn and say the same to them and then we walk away. Hopefully they get the message, but somehow I doubt it. You can be your childs parent or a friend, but in the end,parenting win outs with respect.

  10. Bob,
    Here are some blogs to get you started. There are a lot more out there that are excellent

    https://gypsyjournalrv.com/2011/05/15-rv-blogs-you-should-be-reading/

    https://gypsyjournalrv.com/2009/03/five-rv-blogs-you-should-read/

  11. We are enjoying our stay in an adult only campground (yes we all wear clothes) where you have to be 21 or older to say here.

  12. Nick,
    You’re spot on in your thoughts that athletics should teach good behavior. What is unfortunate is that most of our youth today don’t have a role model that was brought up respectfully either. WIth each generation it is slipping from us. I’ve heard on occasion the comment that ‘kids are raising kids’ but in fact, our adults many times today are no more than emotional and social children themselves.

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