We decided to leave Yellowstone behind and continue our caravan tour driving east from the Gallatin National Forest in western Montana. Our next stop would be Cody, Wyoming. What is there to do in Cody? Plenty! Everything from river rafting to museum exploring along with dinner, a concert and the longest running rodeo in the world.
We parked our Leisure Travel Vans (LTV) at Ponderosa RV Park in Cody. The rv park is conveniently located within walking distance of the best museum I have ever explored and I have explored a lot of museums.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a must see the next time your in Wyoming. It’s actually five museums in one and in order to see everything there allow at least one to two days, perhaps three, especially if you like to read and see everything.
Cody, named after Buffalo Bill Cody a historical icon of the Wild West, has a lot to offer anyone interested in learning more about how the West was won and tamed.
The Cody Cattle Company offers a great deal on dinner (Old West Style), a country music concert and a rodeo all together on the same night. A van came to the rv park to pick us up and transport us to all the festivities. First up is an all-you-can-eat country western style dinner and concert. After the concert the van then transported us to the longest running rodeo in the world. After the rodeo the van takes people back to the rv park. A great night of entertainment. If you don’t like rodeos there’s a ticket that doesn’t include the rodeo and the van will bring you back to the rv park after the dinner/concert.
After a great weekend in Cody we continued driving east. Our next stop will be Devil’s Tower National Monument in eastern Wyoming. About 20 miles south of Devil’s Tower the skies started to blacken and look very ominous and foreboding. Then weather alerts sounded on all our cell phones that a tornado had been sighted in our area and we should find shelter immediately.
Sirens were sounding the alarm and loudspeakers were giving the town of Moorcroft instructions to seek shelter immediately. The voice over the loudspeaker said a confirmed tornado had been sighted on the ground just northwest of town.
We were praying for protection from the storm and the Lord Jesus was faithful in keeping us safe. There aren’t any atheist in foxholes when the bombs are falling all around.
It was a scary experience, but in the end the tornado missed us and eventually the danger passed so that we could drive further east and stop for the night in Sundance, Wyoming.
Devil’s Tower National Monument
We were determined to get to Devil’s Tower so the next day we drove north from Sundance to Devil’s Tower. As we approached the tower from the south the tower became visible from a long distance away.
Devil’s Tower is the site of the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” 1977. Actually, the film crew for the movie only spent a few minutes filming here for the movie and they were never at the top of the tower as indicated in the movie.
Nathan, Paula, MaryAnn and Paulette hiked around the base of the tower. Danny and me sat on a bench at the visitors center and waited for their return.
In our next post we continue our summer road trip 2022 driving east to South Dakota, Mount Rushmore and beyond. Come along as our road trip adventure continues…