Hau Kola! Me & my family are coming out (from the east - that's all I'm gonna say about that!) next week. Sixteen years ago, my husband (then boyfriend) and I passed by an Elk Lodge that had a huge statue outside - I asked him to pull over so I could rub it - knowing it was a "fertility" animal... Well we've been married 15 yrs now... and we still love everything about this gorgeous creature. Hoping to get a sighting! Didn't know about this herd until I was researching what we could do while we were out in the Alleghany National Forest for a visit - I think/hope we'll be visiting alot more! Looking forward to finding more out about you all too! Peace!