Friday, June 20, 2008
20.06.2008 - 20.06.2008 24 °C
I wake up early and we are packed up and ready to leave the Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone by 8:30am!
We drive down the road a few miles and see a bear jam....I'm excited. This is the area where there is a mama grizzly and 2 yearling cubs. We park the rig and watch the 3 grizzlies for about 15 minutes before they disappear into the woods.
Then we drive through some incredible scenery to Wapiti, Wyoming (Yellowstone Inn and RV Park). As we drive through Sylvan Pass, the road is blocked by several big horn sheep. One big guy refuses to move out of our lane and we finally end up driving around him.
Just before leaving Yellowstone we come to a "moose jam": there are 4 moose in a creek beside the road. No parking for our large rig so no goods pics, but still fun to see so many moose.
The scenery continues to be great; the road between Yellowstone and Cody is supposed to be one of the most scenic highways in the country. I'm not sure if that's true, but it definately is scenic and we enjoy it til we are stopped in traffic due to a highway accident. (We find out later that it was a head on collision between a motorcyle and truck). It's a nasty one and we see there is someone laying beside the road, covered, and obviously not alive. I'm not sure why he is still there; I'm assuming they used the ambulance for the other crash victims. Very sobering/upsetting knowing that there is a family out there who is going to get "the phonecall" that you never ever want to receive from the police. I say lots and lots of prayers throughout the rest of the day.
So we silently make the rest of the drive to Wapiti, Wyoming. The campgrounds in Cody, Wyoming are full for the weekend. There's an indian pow wow in town this weekend. Wapiti is about 16 miles west of Cody. We set up, have lunch and head to Cody. On the way we stop at the Buffalo Bill Dam/Reservoir Visitor Center for a quick look.
We spend the rest of the afternoon at the Buffalo Bill Cody Historical Center, where they have 5 museums in one: Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Museum of Western Art, Natural History Museum, Plains Indian Museum, and the Winchester Firearms Museum. (I go the coffee shop while Jere and Joe go through the gun museum--looking at 3000 guns is just not "fun" to me.)
We return to the campground for dinner and I spend the rest of the evening trying to upload some of my travel blog. We did not have TV or internet or cell phone coverage for the 10 days in Yellowstone's Fishing Bridge RV Park.