Yep today we visited The Devils Tower National Monument, with our geezer pass the whole car got in for free.
We left Rapid City around 9am and were here in about 2 hours at Mountain View Campground in Sundance, WY, yep the Sundance Kid is from here. Its a nice place to stay to see the local sites. Tomorrow we have a 400 mile drive to Cody, WY. After 2 nights there we head through Yellowstone NP to stay in West Yellowstone for 4 nights. We are taking the route around the Big Horn Mountains tomorrow which adds 90 miles and takes us into Billings, MT before we head south.
Here are a few of the pictures from today.
|First view of the tower in the distance|
|Getting Closer its a bit hazy|
|Took this from in front of the visitors center|
We walked around the base trail in two shifts so someone would be with Bonnie's Dad.
|There are two climbers in this picture a man and a woman|
|The Native Americans consider this land sacred and these are prayer clothes|
|Love this heartwood pine, it beautiful when poly coated|
|Burned out Ponderosa Pine stump, from a fire.|
|This is a prayer bunch tucked in a crack in the rocks|
|Quick visit to Aladdin, WY general store|
|We all got a dip in the pool when we got back.|
We were on the road by 8:30 this morning headed for Cody, WY. We opted not to cross the Big Horn mountains at just over 10,000 feet in the pass, due to construction and gravel sections of the road. Instead we took the interstate up to Billings MT. and came down thru the valley. We had an uneventful trip and the route only added 88 miles and was about the same time. We drove just over 400 miles and that brought our total to just over 2000. We arrived in Cody about 5:30 set up and went to dinner at Granny's good home cooking. Then mom wanted to go to the rodeo which is held every night so we did and got back home after 10. The wind came down from the moutains and about blew all the dirt out of the rodeo ring. Dad was in bed in 10 minutes maybe 5. The rest of us are headed there as fast as we can get ready.
|The mountains came into view|
|Finally a picture of the state welcome sign. Montana|
|Bonnie with the bull Hollywood on the way into the rodeo. Her eyes are shut because of all the wind blown dust.|
Slow start to today. Bonnie slept in till after 10:00 this morning and decided it was a good day to do laundry when she got up. We will do things later today she said. High today is to be 82 and my thermometer shows 84 already. But we have nights in the 40s to look forward to after we get to West Yellowstone. Bonnie's brother and SIL are also traveling out in this area and we hope to meet them somewhere here in the Yellowstone area. Last we heard they were in Montana.
We took off to look around Cody and see some of the sights. We headed out to the Buffalo Bill Dam, highest in the world when it was built in the early 1900s. A few years back they actually raised it 25 feet. It was build to provide irrigation water and it continues to do that as well as provide hydro electric power from several power houses. In the beginning I was the only one interested in the dam but once we got there everyone was glad we came. They even give you a golf cart ride from the parking lot out to the dam and visitors center.
|Shoshone River from the top of the dam|
|You can look straight down the dam face|
|These are all the floating logs at the top of the dam, the cleanup starts next week|
|This is one of the Power Houses|
|Beauty all around|
|The old winch that did all the work, now they bring in a crane on a barage|
|Original balanced valve, it was replaced with a similar when they raised the dam height|
|This ball is concrete and wood, it is the original and also was replaced with a like new one . It was used to block the valve.|
Then a little after 5 we headed over to the Irma Hotel. Its named after Wild Bill's girlfriend. We bought 4 $2 chairs to watch the 6pm shootout from. We had a fun time and Dad one a poster for being the oldest at the shootout. The shootout is held every night and is done for charity.
|The original hotel|
|Guarding the seats|
|Sheriff Wooster and Bonnie|
|Sheriff Wooster has an early discharge|
|Marshall Dillion and Doc Holliday|
|Sheriff Wooster gets the bad guys|
|Bonnie and Sundance|
We head into and across the park in the morning.
Up this morning and started to have breakfast, then the tire pressure alarm went off, left front tire on the car. I checked it with a gauge and it was down a bit. So aired it up and put the sensor on and it still read low. The cars internal system was fine so we took off with that sensor reading a little low. When I checked it tonight it was a little low again, so will check it in the morning and if need be have it looked at. I will put the gauge on it again and move sensors around if need be.
We pulled out of Cody before 10am and headed over and through the pass to Yellowstone NP.
|On the road to Yellowstone|
|Bonnie got a picture out the window|
|Pulled over near the trout stream|
|Bonnie went down to check out the water|
|Or was it the fisherman|
We have been hoping to see Bonnie's Brother and his wife while we were out on this trip and today was the day. We have been in touch via text and voice the past couple of days and it worked out so that they are here in West Yellowstone tonight. They picked up pizza and came to the campground. We shared the pizza and pictures we each have taken and had a good visit. Bonnie's folks were real happy that we were able to make the connection, another great memory for all involved.
|We were all able to get into the picture|
Well thats it for this week, Thanks for Checking in.