A few weeks ago, Mr. Handsome and I ventured down to the massive state of Texas to visit some military friends who are stationed there temporarily. They live three hours west of Dallas in Abilene, and one thing we noticed was that the area is a lot more arid than we had expected. There were some small trees, but nothing the size of what we are accustomed to here. The temperatures were in the high 90s (around 38 degrees Celsius), which I have noticed is a lot more difficult to handle while pregnant. Abilene is a large town that has plenty of amenities, but it is as much in the middle of nowhere as it gets.
We spent most of the weekend chatting and playing games (indoors) with our friends, but we did venture out to see a few things. Redbud Park in Abilene has a prairie dog habitat that we enjoyed walking around.
Mr. Handsome laughs because I thought the prairie dogs were cute, all while having a strong dislike for squirrels. He says that doesn’t make sense, since prairie dogs are ground squirrels, but I told him it makes total sense because prairie dogs don’t have a busy tail, and that is one of my least favorite features of squirrels.
From the sign at the habitat, we learned that prairie dogs are vital to the short-grass prairie ecosystem because they help fertilize the soil. Prairie dog colonies are located in the Southwest, sections of the Rock Mountain states, and the most western part of the Midwest. Have you ever seen one?