Tuesday, July 26, 2011

More Hooved Animals on the Road...and a Quick Quiz Question

"Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day"Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones
It's the last day on the road for us...we'll be home sometime this afternoon. We had our big push across the Nevada desert along another very, very lonely highway, this time on 375 through Rachel. That's the Extraterrestrial Highway to some. It's been one of the finest trips of my life.

After the long drive, we were only 15 minutes from our destination last night, feeling a bit desperate for, um, facilities, but then we passed a herd of wild horses, and had to stop. They were a beautiful sight.
So, here is today's Quick Quiz Question:

Who was here first in the American West and Central Nevada?
1) Wild horses
2) Ranchers
3) Miners
4) Spanish Explorers
5) Native Americans

Hint: The answer is complicated, as is the issue. And, there is some geology involved.


Rich said...


all of the above?

if I were to pick one I'd guess #4

BrandNewStudio said...

Fascinating Pictures.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Rich said...

agreed, amazing photos

Anonymous said...

Well, wild pre-horses (Eohippus - sp? et al) were here, then native Americans, then the Spanish and their horses which became the first wild horses of Recent times, then ranchers & miners NNITO, with many current wild horses now descended from escapee ranch horses with some Spanish-horse wild blood, modified and bred somewhat by native Americans post-Spaniards (I think).

-Silver Fox

Nina F said...

My entry - A horse is a horse, of course, of course, with its millions -of-years history in N. America.

Gaelyn said...

Talk to Mr. Ed.

An awesome sight for your last day. Welcome home.

Reprobus said...

Hoofed, shurely?

Reprobus said...

Oh yes, and the quiz. Horses. Before the ancestors of the native americans (probably) ate them all along with most of the other charismatic megafauna... Were there mastodons here too?