|FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014
Left Red Lodge, MT driving out Rt. 308 towards Cody, WY. We came upon an abandoned coal mine along the route. It was abandoned and left as a memorial after a mine disaster that killed 74 men in 1943. We then passed through Bear Creek, MT. The local bar advertised pig races on Saturday night and the Post Office was a pink house. Not much else existed in the town.
Entering Wyoming the highway again was surrounded by low hills and pastures of brown grass and sagebrush. We did not see any livestock grazing in the pastures. The only trees were along the creeks and rivers. As we approached Cody the hills turned into mountains. Cody is situated in the Big Horn Valley of Wyoming. Cody is a tourist town with a cowboy attitude. Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) lobbied for the creation of Yellowstone NP, convinced a railroad owner to run a line to Yellowstone to bring tourists and then founded a town that the railroad ran through. This is the same Buffalo Bill Cody whose Wild West show Annie Oakley and Frank Butler traveled with.
Our first stop was the Visitors Center. We purchased tickets for the trolley tour and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum. We took the trolley ride in the afternoon. It was a very interesting 1 hour tour of the area.
After the tour we checked in at the Absaroka Bay RV Park. We made it back into town for the 6PM gunfight by the Irma Hotel. Lots of melodrama and shooting! We wanted to attend the Cody Rodeo so we grabbed a quick sandwich and headed over to the Cody Nite Rodeo. This rodeo is presented every night June 1 - August 31. It was a lot of fun but we were freezing by the time it was over. Just like Nascar the cowboys are vying for points all season long. There was bronco riding, calf roping, team steer roping, barrel races, bull riding and kids bull riding. July 1-5 is the Cody Stampede that professionals compete in. The rest of the summer the contestants are amateurs trying to break into the professional circuit. We did a lot of cheering and yelling. Felt sorry for the bull riders this night. There were nine contestants and not one could stay on the necessary 8 seconds for points. In fact most fell off within 3 feet of the pen. The bulls were not happy this night. The temperature had been dropping all day and by the time the rodeo ended it was drizzling.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014
The rain was still coming down this morning so we started our day with some housekeeping and writing the blog. About noon we went in town to the Buffalo Bill Museum. The Museum covers 7 acres and has 5 wings, a garden and several outdoor exhibits. Today we devoted to the Buffalo Bill wing. It started with a hologram of BB inviting visitors to learn about his life. A lot of work and thought went into this exhibit. It covered his early days from a pony express rider and Army scout to his Wild West show and then to the entrepreneur and visionary. We spent almost 5 hours in this wing alone.
We left to attend St. Anthony Church which was conveniently located on the street behind the museum. After Mass we tried Bubba's BBQ. We knew we were on to something when we saw the packed parking lot. We split a rack of baby back ribs - oh my talk about hog heaven - absolutely delish!
Since it was still raining we decided to go to the Dan Miller's Cowboy Music Revue. It was a Branson type show and very good. It kept us entertained and involved the audience throughout the program.
Back to Absaroka for the evening. Fell asleep to the pitter-patter of rain on the roof.