There was more of Cody we still had to squeeze in before we headed east though.
Not to be missed, supposedly, was an extensive and detailed miniature wild west diorama!
It ran from the early American Indians up until the days of Buffalo Bill's show. It included ancient Indians and their ways of life pre horses, later Indians -
Settlers, forts and battles -
The coming of the railroad (complete with a train you could operate inside the diorama), gold mining towns, cattle drives, etc. There was an audio explanation of it all along with some reading materials.
The mini museum, situated in the back of a gift shop btw, also included an extensive selection of Native American and pioneer artifacts. We apparently were not tired of these things even after our two days at the Buffalo Bill historical Center. Go figure.
Finally, we were ready to leave Cody! And it's about time, given that our initial plan was to stay 3 days max and here we were on day 6.....
Stopping on our way out of town to dump (a necessity before beginning a long drive and a good idea anyway), some of us had lunch in the car, grumpy faces and all, while S was busy, um, relieving the RV. While there, another RV pulled up to do the same and the two men (it always seems to be the man. Not complaining here...) sat and chatted while their respective RVs were emptying out. A cute scene.
Driving from Cody to Gillette, our next scheduled stop on our way to Devils Tower and South Dakota, we passed through dry desert, gorgeous canyons and very winding roads going down and then up said canyons. The beauty was surprising!
We also passed through an important landmark for some of you, you know who you are, so I figured it deserved a shot of it's own :-)
See you in Gillette!