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Jun 8, 2013 - Cody, WY

Sunny and warm finally. Had the free pancake breakfast which wasn’t too bad. Beautiful day to be outdoors but we went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center which consists of 5 museums. It is a combination of the story of Buffalo Bill, the natural history of the Yellowstone area, comprehensive collection of American firearms and Northern Plains Indian peoples heritage myth and art. An added bonus were 150 pictures from the National Geographic archives which were very special. The Draper museum, added a year or so ago, that described the...

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Jun 7, 2013 - Buffalo to Cody, WY

A few more facts about Gillette and Campbell County, dubbed the Energy Capital of the nation. It supplies 10% of the US energy needs and mines 25% of American coal. The county population grew 25% since 2005. WY is the least populated state (576,000), has no state income tax, 4% sales tax and property tax of $750 per $100,000. The state runs a surplus. School ratings rank high in the nation. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the country it is no wonder that more people don’t retire to the state. Hot, sunny morning! Bob stopped to...

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May 28, 2013 - Billings, Montana to Cody, Wyoming

Tuesday 28th May, 2013 Billings, Montana to Cody, Wyoming Breakfast was most unsatisfactory at the hotel today – only 5 tables for quite a large hotel, therefore we had to sit on a bench against the wall, plus there was only toast (unless you wanted an iced doughnut, which we didn’t) and the toast was horrible. So we stopped on the way out of the town at McDonalds for breakfast and coffee. Even this plan was fraught with difficulty. We got onto the Interstate but, at the very next exit, saw the Golden Arches – so we pulled off the...

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May 11, 2013 - Off-season Travel

It has been one month since we left Camp Mesa and it feels like so long ago. We are enjoying the off-season travel which means empty campgrounds and no crowds. We know it won’t last long but we’ll enjoy it while we can. After a beautiful drive through open range and traveling along the Wind River Canyon, we arrived in Thermopolis. In Thermopolis, we could not resist going to the Hot Springs State park twice to soak in the 104 degree thermal hot springs. The next day we visited the local museum which was stuffed to the gills with an eclectic...

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Mar 9, 2013 - Ready to hit the road!

January 12, 2013 at 11:50 am. Harlan Frederick Metzler arrived weighing 6lb 13oz and measuring 19 inches long! He is such a blessing and we fall in love more each day! He is almost two months old and on Monday we will be finding out where our first job will be (either new mexico or utah), We have contemplated a new fifth wheel to accomodate the expanding family but are confident that God will present us with the right one when it is time. Two that we have looked at have fell through and they had everything we wanted so there must be...

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Metzler Mayhem

Oct 25, 2012 - ....and then there was 3!

As many of you have already heard and for those of you have not... we will be expecting a bouncing baby boy in January! We are so very excited about this new addition but with excitement also comes reality! So a traveling we will go. Nathan in typical "provider" fashion has insisted upon working as much as possible and has done a wonderful job of balancing being home and being on the road. This summer he has been to Alaska, Utah, and now Illinois. He will be home the beginning of December and then the chaos will begin! As for me I will be...

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Metzler Mayhem

Sep 26, 2012 - Cody, Wyoming - Day 2

Historic Buffalo Bill Dam Colonel William F. Cody, Founder of Cody, Wyoming, spent many years promoting and attempting to raise money for his dream of irrigating thousands of arid acres East of Cody from the Shoshone River. Buffalo Bill Dam was the realization of his vision for the future of Cody and the surrounding area. Facts This dam was one of the first three major ones built by the Bureau of Reclamation. Construction began in 1905 and completed in 1910 at a total cost of $929,658. Original height at completion was 328 feet, then the...

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Sep 25, 2012 - Cody, Wyoming - Day 1

Cody Trolley Tours Like the pioneers of old, we had to travel across plains and mountains to get here to Cody, Wyoming. So we decided to relax, sit back and let Greg and Rose do the driving and present their colorful and entertaining history of Cody’s past, present, people and places. They traveled thousands of miles to personally research the old haunts of Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley and other western legends. We had a blast and will take home lifelong memories of our visit here. Old Trail Town – History Bob Edgar, a native of the...

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Sep 22, 2012 - Day 6

Today we left Estes Park. All I need to do is find a hospital to work at there lol. It was beautiful. The drive out was just as pretty as it took us through an incredible canyon and down the mountains. We took the interstate after that out of Colorado and into Wy. It was another long day of driving, only about 8 hours this time, but still a lot to me doing the driving. The scenery changed to the western mesa with cactus, tons of antelope. We went through a town that claimed to be home to the jackalope lol. We stopped some along the way for...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Leaving Henry's Lake

Our last two weeks were just as wonderful as our first two months. The campground was packed full over Labor Day weekend and then started emptying fast. We were running about half full. We finally got to see a moose. Cheryl and I were sitting in our "mule" talking to some campers when we saw they were looking over our shoulder and getting excited... I looked and saw some ducks in the water and couldn't understand why that was exciting them.. then I looked again and saw a moose's head sticking up above the bank of the lake... a few seconds...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Western Spirit Second Flight in Cody

Last night, Jon, Rick and Robin enjoyed a wine tasting at the Buffalo Jump Winery in Cody. There were very nice wines and we met Vin and Lisa Cappiello who are school teachers in Cody (Vin - Jr. High and Lisa 4th grade). They joined us on Sunday morning to crew and had the good fortune to fly in Western Spirit with Jon. The weather was again beautiful, winds calm and not a cloud in the sky. Jon took off from Mentlock Park and returned to the same spot. Yeah! What a great big horseshoe chase around Cody with Robin driving and Rick taking...

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Aug 4, 2012 - Wild West Balloon Festival, Cody WY

The Western Spirit Balloon traveled 8 hours from Denver to Cody, Wyoming to participate in the Wild West Balloon Festival. Robin's brother Rick flew into Billings, MT from Phoenix and drove down to join us on this adventure. This is Western Spirit's second appearance in Cody. On our first day, Jon, Robin and Rick toured the lower drive of Yellowstone National Park from the East Entrance (just 50 miles from Cody) to Old Faithful. We encountered two giant male Elk along the roadside and were mesmerized by their calm majestic stature. We had a...

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