It was April, 2011 when I first saw the bighorn sheep crossing sign on Zzyzx Road, just outside the Desert Studies Center. However, in all my times exploring this area, I never actually saw any bighorns. That does not mean there may not have been any bighorns hiding up in the rocky hills, invisible to my poor eyesight.
|Looking north on Zzyzx Road (Hill to the left/Soda Dry Lake to the Right)|
In early 2013, while recently doing some research on Zzyzx for other purposes, I was lucky enough to be placed into contact with someone very knowledgeable about the Desert Studies Center and Zzyzx area. On May 8, I asked him about the bighorn sign; asking him when was it actually possible to see any.
I almost hyperventilated at my desk when I read his e-mail saying:
"see them daily now along zzyzx road. Groups of 25-35 on a regular basis..."
25-35 on a regular basis? Wow!
So, off to Zzyzx I went that very weekend.
When I got there, I almost super-hyperventilated (if there is such a thing) when I saw the herds of bighorns roaming around at road level, standing on the rocky hills, and hanging out in a marsh. A feast for lovers of the bighorn.
Now, if this was not exciting enough, perfection followed. A lamb, maybe 2 weeks old, was making its way across the loose rocks of the hillside. It was followed by a ewe and tucked itself into a tiny cave in the hill.
More on the herd to follow...