Thursday, July 7, 2016

Buffalo Bill State Park

We got up really early and left Mammoth Hot Springs at 5:30 in the morning and drove east, through the Lamar Valley.  We were driving along, and suddenly we saw a bunch of people with telescopes standing on a hill, so we pulled over to go see.

We walked over and talked to some of the people, and they said that there were some wolves up on the hill, way across the valley.  You couldn't see them without a fancy lens though, because they were so far away.  Some of the people let us look through theirs though.

As we kept driving east, we ran into a HUGE herd of bison making their way across the road.  There were hundreds of them, and some of them had 'reds', little calves!

We left the park, and went over a bridge over a really deep canyon/ravine.  It was pretty crazy looking over the edge!

We went up a mountain and over “Dead Indian Pass.” According to the sign, the Army pursued a group of Native Americans this way, and they left a wounded warrior behind, who was killed by the soldiers.

We ended up at Buffalo Bill State Park, just west of Cody.  It was right on a really pretty lake, and there was even Internet from up on the hill!  The mountains around here are pretty cool, especially the drive over from Cody.  

It was really windy while we were here, so my dad did a bit of windsurfing.  (Some of use were worried the trailer would blow over. We talked to the camp hosts, and they said that they've never lost an RV, but they have lost some tents!)

There was a 4th of July parade in Cody, so we drove back in and saw that.  It was fun, seems like lots of people come from all around to see it.

On the way back to the state park, we stopped at the visitor center for the dam on the east end of the lake.  It was built about a century ago, and two or three different companies went broke before it was completed.  It's pretty awesome looking over the edge -- it's a long way down!

The next day, we packed up and hit the road pretty early, and headed east!

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