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07/11/2012

On The Road to Cody Wyoming

It must be the hat.  I’ve found my inner cowgirl, and she’s not leaving any time soon!  

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 Our road trip today continues west from Sheridan to Cody Wyoming - destination - the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.  We plotted our route and figured it would take close to 4 hours depending on traffic (just kidding - so used to saying that back home!)  As we’re driving, the landscape begins to change, and suddenly we find ourselves driving up through forests and mountains!  We are now in Bighorn National Forest , elevation over 8-thousand feet!  The view is incredible!  The land is a history lesson - rock formations of limestone, dolomite and more dating back 500-million years!  This truly is God’s Country.

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We exit Bighorn with a new appreciation of nature’s creations and enter the town of Cody, home of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the life and times of Buffalo Bill Cody, this is the place to do it!  The museum was recently renovated - it’s actually five museums in one, including the original home where William F. Cody spent his early years!

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I was most interested in learning more about this legendary figure, so we spent the majority of or time in the Buffalo Bill exhibit.  William Cody was given the moniker as a young man when he was hired as a buffalo hunter to supply meat for the railroad workers and army personal in Kansas.  His skill earned him the nickname, which would be known world-wide.

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I was most interested in learning more about this legendary figure, so we spent the majority of our time in the Buffalo Bill exhibit.  William Cody was given his legendary moniker as a young man, when he was hired as a buffalo hunter to supply meat for the railroad workers and army personal in Kansas.  His skill earned him the nickname, which would be known world-wide.  “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” traveled all over the world, including Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893!

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I was absolutely delighted to see original footage from 1909/1910 of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” which traveled all over the world!

  

With a limited schedule, we still made time to visit the other sections of the museum, including the amazing exhibit on the Plaines Indian Peoples, Western Art, Yellowstone Natural History and Firearms.

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As my inner Annie Oakley bid a fond farewell to Buffalo Bill, we continued west to Yellowstone. 

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Yellowstone National Park was the first to receive this designation in 1872.  It’s easy to see why - its beauty is breathtaking, its historical and geological significance, overwhelming!   No sooner did we enter the park, we were greeted by roaming bison - several of them, along the road, near the geysers, just about everywhere!

 

Hard to leave - but we had to check in to our lodge!  Along the way we made one more stop, to admire the beauty and sheer force of the rapids along the Yellowstone River.

 

More amazing sites and sounds from Yellowstone tomorrow!

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