Proverbs 25:13The Message (MSG)
Monday, July 28
(Posted Wednesday evening in Jackson, Wyoming. It’s good to be back online after three days without Internet, cell phone, and TV – but we had a FABULOUS time in Yellowstone. Thankfully we could call our children from our motel room phone at no charge.)
When in Cody I read about Beartooth Scenic Byway, and considered asking Cerwin if we could enter the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone by going over this road, but thought he would not like going so many miles out of our way. And maybe the beauty was not all that it was cracked up to be.
Then we somehow missed our road, and were going toward Beartooth! God is so good! 🙂
It was then that I told him about what I read in a travel guide. And Cerwin was not disappointed by the extra miles.
We were enjoying the beauty when we noticed an ambulance coming up behind us and of course pulled over so he could pass. Within half a mile we saw why he was on this road. A motorcycle was smashed up against the guardrail and the driver was down over the bank ~ after not making the hairpin turn. (I took this picture after we went up a few more hairpin turns.)
This picture was after another few turns. The accident took away our delight in the scenery for awhile. And I still wonder if the person survived the accident. (We later heard that he did not survive.)
One of the ladies in this great group of cyclists asked me to take a group picture with her camera. I took one with my camera as well and promised to put it on my blog. Notice the chipmunk at their feet. 🙂
The highest elevation on Beartooth Pass is 10,947 feet.
Yes, it was definitely one of America’s prettiest roadways.
It will probably be Friday morning when I post again, because we will spend all day in the air or in airports tomorrow (Thursday).
Sunday, July 27
We enjoyed a relaxing morning in our motel room. We don’t know anyone in this area and were not familiar with any of the churches, so listened to our own church service from back home. We could do that at 8 AM due to the two-hour time change.
We hadn’t gone far when we saw this mule deer couple. I took this picture out of my car window, and you can see that they are aware of us.
We are heading to Yellowstone today, and may not have Internet for the next few days.
Saturday, July 26
I didn’t expect anyone here to know me by name. 🙂
We were told by our travel guides in the morning to choose the side with our backs to the sun – and with bleachers with back rests. (Since Jeremiah and Rachel are on their honeymoon, they probably weren’t bothered by either the sun or the backless bleachers.) 🙂 We old people are bothered by things like that.
I will post just a few of the many pictures I took.
That was an interesting and fun day in Cody.
My next post will be about our beautiful Sunday drive to Bighorn National Park.
Saturday ~ Morning and Afternoon ~ July 26
We had time to relax before the tour, so went inside the dining room to order orange juice (me) and coffee (Cerwin). Cerwin is sitting at the far end of the famous Cherry wood bar that was given to Bill Cody in 1900 by Queen Victoria.
Buffalo Bill Cody when he was one of the best-known people in the world ~ because of his Wild West shows. It took two ships to take his animals and people to Europe, which is how he became friends with Queen Victoria.
It was interesting to learn many things about Cody, Buffalo Bill and his family. Our guide said that one theory about people who are immortalized on a horse statue is that when the horse has one foot in the air, it means the person died a natural death. If both front feet are in the air, the person died in battle. Buffalo Bill died a natural death following an illness.
We enjoyed talking to her a bit before taking our food to the patio.
We learned why you get a two-day pass for this place, as it is five museums in one. Since our grandson Jared is interested in museums, we thought of him several times.
It was like traveling down a mountain and learning about animals and birds that live at those levels. You could see underground prairie dog tunnels and underwater beaver dams through glass.
After spending a couple of hours at the museum, we went back to our room to relax and prop up or feet, before taking an afternoon walk to discover another block of shops near our hotel.
Our son Jeff could spend a day in this museum. He would enjoy talking to the owner, who purchased every gun in the museum.
Cerwin especially liked this 1855 Colt because he has a Shirk ancestor who reportedly designed a revolver (without the desire for a patent) and showed it to Samuel Colt. 🙂 The story goes that Mr. Colt gave a nice amount of money to Mr. Shirk in his will.
He (owner) designs things with antlers. You can see some of his designs in the previous picture.
After that two-hour walk, we went back to our motel room to freshen up for our evening excursion – supper, music, and a rodeo. I will post those pictures later today.
Friday, July 25
When we told the desk attendant that we were hoping to seen an animal or two in this landscape, he said, “You never know what will show up in summer. Last week there was a moose out there at 2:00 in the afternoon. If you really want to see animals, you must come back in winter when this area is filled with thousands of elk.”
We traveled at a very high elevation where there was still some snow beside the road.
We like the old water closet ~ a reminder of days gone by.
The Wyoming Made store included a replica of John Wayne.
We had a delicious buffet supper here in the hotel, then walked across the street to Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. They turned the old Cody Theatre into a music theatre and perform six nights a week (every night but Sunday).
I have been humming the chorus to “Home On The Range” the past few days as we saw buffalo and wide open spaces, so it was nice to hear it sung in full tonight.