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Buffalo, WY - Indian Campground and RV - site K5

Buffalo, WY - Indian Campground and RV - site K5, another view

This was our campground Sunday morning - a little stuck but most...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 0 - our route - 198...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 1 - The road got narrower...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 2 - looks like a fire...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 3

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 4 - I've been workin' on...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 5 - car after car of...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 6 - this cafe was in...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 7 - one of the many...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 8 - what appears to be...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 9 - Gillette, WY is growing

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 10

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 11

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 12 - we were supposed to...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 13 - wind breakers

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 14 - thought we were going...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 15

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 16 - the Big Horn Mountains...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 17 - the clouds look a...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 18 - you can still see...

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 19 - Downtown Buffalo, WY

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 20

Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY 21 - the famous Occidental Hotel

Historical Sites 1 - site of the Fetterman Fight

Historical Sites 2 - second only to Custer's Last Stand in loss...

Historical Sites 3 - what's left of one of the two saw...

Historical Sites 4 - the site of Fort Phil Kearny, in existence...

Historical Sites 5 - site of the Wagon Box Fight, eight months...

Historical Sites 6

Historical Sites 7 - an example of one of the wagon boxes...

Historical Sites 8 - the Wagon Box Fight Monument

Big Horn Scenic Drive 1 - The Big Horns received a new...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 2 - Lake De Smet on the way...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 3 - some deer in a pasture on...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 4 - downtown Sheridan, WY

Big Horn Scenic Drive 5

Big Horn Scenic Drive 6

Big Horn Scenic Drive 7 - start of the scenic byway

Big Horn Scenic Drive 8 - lots of snow up here

Big Horn Scenic Drive 9

Big Horn Scenic Drive 10 - they have a beautiful rail fence...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 11 - great scenery from the top

Big Horn Scenic Drive 12

Big Horn Scenic Drive 13 - sure glad they cleared the road!

Big Horn Scenic Drive 14

Big Horn Scenic Drive 15

Big Horn Scenic Drive 16 - ski slopes

Big Horn Scenic Drive 17

Big Horn Scenic Drive 18 - the fence is about half covered

Big Horn Scenic Drive 19 - a marmot at one of the...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 20 - the west side of the mountains...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 21 - Shell Creek running down the mountain

Big Horn Scenic Drive 22 - Shell Falls

Big Horn Scenic Drive 23 - the bottom of the Big Horns...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 24

Big Horn Scenic Drive 25

Big Horn Scenic Drive 26

Big Horn Scenic Drive 27

Big Horn Scenic Drive 28

Big Horn Scenic Drive 29

Big Horn Scenic Drive 30 - construction as always

Big Horn Scenic Drive 31 - as we reach the top

Big Horn Scenic Drive 32 - using a snowball to clean the...

Big Horn Scenic Drive 33 - a frozen lake near the top

Big Horn Scenic Drive 34

Big Horn Scenic Drive 35 - some wind barriers on the way...

Petrified Tree 1 - the view on the road to the petrified...

Petrified Tree 2 - the start of our trail

Petrified Tree 3 - a petrified trunk about a half-mile into the...

Petrified Tree 4 - some more trunks

Petrified Tree 5 - a view of where we have hiked to...

Petrified Tree 6 - a bunch of trunks all jumbled together

Petrified Tree 7 - Doris did really well on the hike

Petrified Tree 8

Petrified Tree 9 - a large trunk they have dug out, exposed...

Petrified Tree 10 - the trail is a little overgrown

Petrified Tree 11 - there's Libby waiting patiently

Petrified Tree 12 - this was right next to the trail just...

Petrified Tree 13 - the Big Horn Mountains in the background

Petrified Tree 14 - lots of newly shorn sheep on the open...

Petrified Tree 15 - Grazing right next to the road

Petrified Tree 16 - the one lone ram in the group


Our trip from Custer SP, SD to Buffalo, WY was a pleasant 199 miles under cloudy skies. About half of it was on two lane US 16 which is a very good road with almost no traffic. The other half was back on I-90. It was definitely a much better trip Friday than it would have been on Sunday after a full day of snow on Saturday and it still snowing on Sunday.

We are staying at the Indian Campground and RV Park which is a very nice park with huge, well-trimmed trees shading most of the large pull-through sites, but we elected the new, open spaces at the rear of the park so we would have no problem getting through to the satellite. The SEC softball tournament is being played you know! We have a full hookup, 50 amp site with cable, very good WiFi and strong Verizon. We will be here for five nights and the highs for the next three days should be in the low 40s with the lows in the 20s so we will just relax and cool it, literally!

Saturday and Sunday was spent in the Mothership watching the weather outside. We had a lot of rain and quite a bit of snow but it melted as soon as it hit the ground. Some did stay around a few hours Saturday night on picnic tables, grass and the trees. I did manage to repair a "catch" on one of the drawers where it had detached from the drawer during the trip Friday. It seems there is always some little something that needs fixed when your home experiences a Richter-7 earthquake for a few hours every time you change locations!

Monday, we finally got to do a little touring. First was a visit to some historical sites not far from Buffalo that center around the time of the Bozeman Trail in 1866 and 1867 and the confrontations with the Sioux and Cheyenne. Central to this area was Fort Phil Kearny about 10 miles north of Buffalo. It was built in1866 and abandoned in 1868 as the railroad had rendered the Bozeman Trail obsolete. Once abandoned the Cheyenne burned it to the ground. Just a little ways from Fort Phil Kearney, the Fetterman Massacre was fought in August 1866 in what was the largest single loss of Calvary life to that point but was eclipsed by Custer's Last Stand 10 years later. The Wagon Box Fight occurred eight months later in August 1867 when the same band of Sioux and Cheyenne led an attack against a small group of civilian cutting pine logs for Fort Phil Kearney and protected by a small contingent of Calvary from the fort. Though vastly outnumbered by the Sioux, they managed to wage an extended battle and eventually turned the attack back once reinforcements with cannons arrived from the fort. The main reason this small contingent was able to repel the attackers was those few Calvary present had just been issued new breech loading Springfield rifles to replace their old black powder rifles, enabling them to shoot about three times faster and to also be able to reload laying prone.

We then proceeded through Sheridan, WY and continued to the Big Horn Scenic Byway for a beautiful trip through the Big Horn Mountains and back on US Highway 14. The scenery was made even better by the snow that fell over the weekend.

Tuesday we got a late start as the only thing we wanted to see was the Petrified Trees about 15 miles outside Buffalo. It was a pleasant ride out to the site albeit a little rough, especially through the cattle guards. To see the trees they have a trail through the sagebrush that is about a mile and a half. At first we couldn't see exactly where we would be going but it all worked out and was a nice hike and less strenuous than we anticipated at the start. It definitely wasn't like the Petrified Forest National Park but was still interesting as these trees are just being uncovered as these hills wear down and expose them. They still don't know how much is left to be uncovered.

Tomorrow we leave Wyoming and head for Livingston, MT for four nights.

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