It was what should have been an easy 104 mile trip but there was about 10 miles of it missing. When they say "Road Work Ahead" here in Montana they really mean it. We got to it and the highway was completely gone - turned into a gravel road complete with washboard and loose gravel. Needless to say it was a slow, rough 10 miles. The rest of the route good as we climbed up and then coasted back down into Cody.
We are staying at the Absaroka Bay RV Park and have a 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through site with a good view to the satellite, free WiFi and strong Verizon. The sites are a little narrow but about what you expect out here.
Sunday night after arriving we went to the Cody Cattle Company Chuck-wagon buffet and show and had some good food and a great cowboy show. They sung all the old cowboy (not country western) music and were also very comedic in their showmanship.
On Monday we headed for the East side of Yellowstone NP. It included a drive along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Highway to get there which included some wonderful sights. We left Cody about 6:30 to try to beat some of the traffic and it worked as well as giving us deep shadows on the formations along the scenic highway. We saw several deer, a black bear, some pronghorn antelope and a gazillion buffalo. We left the NP out the Northeast entrance which gave us the opportunity to drive the Beartooth Highway and the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway back to Cody. Both gave some outstanding views of the mountain ranges to the East of Yellowstone.
Tuesday we slept in then went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center
which is probably the best museum we have ever seen. We spent the better part of the day there and could have spent a lot more. There is so much to see that the ticket is good for two days! When we got home we found that the rear air conditioner had blown a starting capacitor and we set up an appointment for Wednesday morning for the Mobile RV tech to check it out.
Tuesday night we headed for the world famous Cody Night Rodeo and had a great time watching all the different competitions. I took a boat load of pictures but as I was afraid, the light was so low they were all too blurred to post.
Wednesday, the mobile tech verified that the starting cap was fried but he didn't have a replacement so we authorized an overnight shipment and he arranged for one to be sent from Denver. We then went to the matinee showing of Cowboys and Aliens and enjoyed it very much. Much of scenery was similar to what we had passed through in New Mexico and Arizona.
Thursday we waited until the RV tech had come out and fixed the A/C before going anywhere. Believe it or not the overnight delivery was indeed overnight and the part fixed it. We then went to the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) to see if we could find some wild mustangs. They have about 100 there and we rode throughout the HMA hunting for them. We did see some fantastic scenery in the area they call the badlands. It looked a lot like the Painted Desert in Arizona in a few areas. We did finally find a small herd of Pronghorn Antelope and then a small herd of wild mustangs. They were about a mile away and after attempting to find a road to get closer, gave up and took the pictures from our original spot.
Tomorrow we leave for the Grand Tetons and Jackson, WY for three or four nights. We were going to go today but had to delay a day for the A/C repair.