September 16, 2020
The next morning we left the Grand Teton area and continued into Yellowstone. It seemed like there was even more smoke in the air. It was difficult to see anything in the distance. We stopped at a few scenic overviews, but there was not much to see with all the smoke. The pictures did not look good either due to the smoky air.
Our path took us out the east entrance of Yellowstone. It was our first time in that area. The road takes you through the mountains and peaks. It would have been really pretty if we could have seen anything. The road led us out of the mountains to the valleys near Cody, Wyoming. We decided to camp at Buffalo Bill Reservoir State Park. We planned to be in Cody until later in the evening and there weren’t many free campsites in the area. This way we had our campsite reserved for the night.
After arranging the campsite, we drove five miles into town. The road from the reservoir went by the dam and down Shoshone canyon through 3 tunnels. The canyon is very narrow and it is a nice view and drive.
In Cody we went to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This complex has 5 different museums (Plain Indians, Firearms, Western Art, Natural Science and Buffalo Bill Cody) in one location. The admission is $19.25, but is good for two days. We spent a couple of hours in the museum until it closed and just made our way through the the Plain Indians Museum.
We had reservations for a western dinner and show at the Cody Cattle Company. Due to Covid they really restricted the admission, but it was nice they were able to open and present the show. The dinner was all you can eat and we had smoked brisket and chicken, salad, beans, potatoes, applesauce and cornbread. It was all real good. The show was four musicians playing a variety of western music. We had a great time and enjoyed both the dinner and show.
It was getting dark by the time we got out and it took about 20 minutes to get back to camp. We filled up with water and then parked in our campsite for the night. It was nice to have a warm night, after being cold the past two nights.
In the morning we stopped at the Buffalo Bill Dam for the tour and visitor center. The dam was built in 1910 and was the highest dam in the world at that time. It was the first arch dam and was built without steel re-enforcement.
We spent the rest of the day in town. We went back to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and toured the other four museums. It was educational and very interesting. We were very glad that we went and had two days to see it all.
From the museums we went to By Western Hands. It is gallery for Western style furniture. There were some very expensive pieces, but were not really our style. I wanted to go and look for ideas, so I took a few pictures of the furniture. We also walked around the main street a bit to see the town.
From Cody we headed south on highway 120. Tomorrow we plan on visiting the world’s largest hot springs in Thermopolis, WY. For the night we found a spot at Lower Sunshine Reservoir, just west of Meeteetse, WY. It was a very quiet and private spot to camp.