Summer Road Trip 2022: Part Four – Cody, Wyoming and Devil’s Tower

Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

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.

Ponderosa RV Park, Cody, Wyoming From left: Nathan and Paula’s Leisure Travel Van (LTV) Unity Murphy Bed (MB), Our LTV Unity FLEX (FX), and Danny and Paulette’s LTV Unity FX.
Buffalo Bill and Museum of the West, Cody, Wyoming.

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.

MaryAnn, me and Buffalo Bill Cody.

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.

Dinner, Country Music concert and Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming. From Left: Danny, Paulette, MaryAnn and me.

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.

A tornado was seen on the ground approaching our location.
We became storm chasers that day. Or was the storm chasing us! We could actually see the clouds spinning in the sky!
We decided to turn around a drive south out of the danger zone.
But it seemed as though the tornado was following us.
We headed for the small town of Moorcroft, Wyoming where we parked our LTVs behind a school and took shelter in a breezeway of the school for protection from the storm.

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.

Video escaping the Tornado.
RV park in Sundance, Wyoming where we spent the night after the tornado passed. We saw a lot of hail damage to cars in the area. Broken windshields and huge dents from baseball size hail.
The next day the skies still looked threatening.
The road to Devil’s Tower.

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.

Devil’s Tower dominates the landscape.
Getting closer.
Getting closer to the tower.
Getting closer.
Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyoming.
MaryAnn and Paulette hiking around the base of the tower.

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.

The rocks around the base of the tower are huge! MaryAnn at the base of the tower.
MaryAnn looks tiny next to the boulders around the tower.
The top of the tower as seen from the base.
As seen from the base.
Can you see the people climbing the tower? They’er about a third of the way up the side of Devil’s Tower. A permit must be obtained from the park to climb the tower.
The views base of the tower of the surrounding area.

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…

4 thoughts on “Summer Road Trip 2022: Part Four – Cody, Wyoming and Devil’s Tower”

  1. Wow! Scary experience with the tornado. I remember camping at Devil’s Tower when a strong storm came through. Not a tornado, but the wind blew the tent down and also blew the campstove off the table. Love your posts. Great pictures and adventure stories.

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  2. Please let your husband know that parking under a bridge is NOT a good thing. Winds create a vortex and can cause more damage than you realize. They are trying to get the word out, but it is slow going.

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