June 14th ~ Cody to Teton National Park ~
Cody has a brilliant center that is really five museums in one. In fact it has so much to see that your admission ticket is good for two days!
From the main entrance, each of the museums spreads out from the central hub like spokes on a wheel.
Draper Natural History Museum focuses on the natural world of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
The Buffalo Bill Museum’s focus is on the “life and times of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846 – 1917), the noted guide, scout, frontiersman, showman, actor, entrepreneur, town founder, and American icon”.
The Plains Indian Museum tells the significant story of the “lives of Plains Indian peoples, their cultures, traditions, values, and histories, as well as the contexts of their lives today”.
Whitney Western Art Museum offers up painting, sculpture, and prints that brings the West alive through the artists vision. Remington is one of the most famous artists/sculptures from this time period.
Remington’s studio was recreated here in the museum.
And just a few more examples of the wide variety of art on display.
Cody Firearms Museum is in the final stages of renovation and we did not enter this area.
Tim and Shirley watched a talk/demonstration about an orphaned Turkey Buzzard while I chatted with a couple visiting from Australia that were taking a Globus tour. They brought up President Trump, our election process, our immigration system, and our huge meal proportions.
Since I try very hard to keep this blog non-political, I’ll just leave it at that, but I did find it very interesting that those were the topics they wanted to discuss with me.
After a grocery stop, we headed toward the East entrance to Yellowstone, arriving late in the afternoon on a Friday.
Three campgrounds still showed available, but by the time we arrived at our chosen site, it was full.
So, we made an executive decision and headed south to Teton National Park where we will stay for a couple of nights and then return to Yellowstone earlier in the day and not on a weekend.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Although we were mildly disappointed that we could not spend the weekend in Yellowstone, we quickly adjusted our schedule and regrouped. For some unknown reason, there are FIVE of the campgrounds within the park closed for renovations. Most of the campgrounds hold open some of their sites on a “first come – first served” basis. If we are not able to secure reservations, we will return early in the day in a couple days to try our luck again. In the meantime we will enjoy exploring Teton National Park. I’m thankful that we are flexible and that we were able to find an alternative campground.