Cody, Wyoming was the first stop we made in Wyoming going from South Dakota to Yellowstone. We (me, Leonard and my grand-wonder Aubrey) met our friend Tee-Gie Hamilton and her three precious grandchildren in Keystone, SD. After three days of “playing” at Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park and soooooooooooo much more, we headed out toward Yellowstone. We got as far as Cody, WY – totally exhausted. We drove over the pass allowing the grands to actually play in snow at the top of the pass. This is a rare opportunity for children from south Louisiana…and quite a wonderful sight to see.
We got to see very little of Cody on this first trip because our goal was to spend the day showing the grands as much of Yellowstone as is possible in a day and where we were to work. The bridge between Grant Village (where we were to work) and Old Faithful (our main goal) was completely closed, so the grands didn’t get to see it, but did enjoy Yellowstone Falls, the Yellowstone Grand Canyon, falls and Mammoth Springs before driving up to our friend’s home in Livingston, MT for a few days of rest. We put the grands on a flight home to New Orleans from Bozeman on June 2nd (sniff).
Our first day trip on our first day off was to Cody. We (Tee-Gie, me and Leonard) packed our lunch and headed to The Center of the West Museum. This is a must see stop, I would give it a minimum of two days, we had one. This is just a tiny sample of the incredible western art (eye candy) available at this wonderful museum.
We made a brief stop at the Cody Reservoir Dam, created for irrigation on the Shoshone River. We went to the Irma Hotel for supper before heading back to Yellowstone.
The Hotel was built by Bill Cody for his daughter, Irma and is still quite the show piece. The bar in the salon is made of Rose Wood given to Bill Cody as a gift by Queen Victoria.
After Leonard and I left Yellowstone for the summer we headed back to Cody for another afternoon at the museum and dinner at the Irma Hotel after a Wild West show done by local volunteers to raise money for local children’s charity done in the street next to the Irma Hotel. These volunteers portrayed Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Wild Bill Hitchcock.
After dinner we enjoyed a true Cowboy Music Show featuring Dan Miller, his youngest daughter Hannah, Wendy Corr and Ed Cook – well worth the time and money (which was reasonable). http://cowboymusicrevue.com/about-the-band Check out more information on the band on this link. So very talented.