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.