Pronghorns in Montana; Cody’s museum in Wyoming
A cowboy chuckwagon cook prepares a pot of pinto beans at the entrance to the Cody Center of the West Museum in Cody, WY.
Crossing the border from Canada into Montana did not bring a change in scenery. The flat, treeless prairie landscape in southern Alberta, Canada, continued until we reached the Missouri River north of Helena where the flat grasslands were replaced with big canyons and trees.
Float boats were drifting the river made famous by Lewis and Clark
The pony express rider heading west in Montana is actually a metal sculpture but certainly appears authentic.
, hoping to catch trout and small bunches of pronghorn antelope were spotted numerous times feeding near the highway. Pronghorns are seen throughout the west and in some areas are almost common sights. Most motorists fail to see the wildlife because Montana has an 80 mile per hour speed limit on this section of Interstate 15.
The chuck wagon cook stirs the beans and offers samples to bystanders.
After spending two nights in Great Falls, we drove south on I-15, stopped for lunch at Wheat Montana Bread and Bakery located at the intersections of I-15 and I-90. We splurged and stocked up on homemade bread, a couple giant cinnamon buns, muffins and cookies.
A field of sunflowers near Cody, Wyoming.
We spent the night in a KOA at Big Timber, Montana—a nice, clean campground but near a railroad track and the interstate highway. Campground owners apologized in advance for the train and highway noise. Martha mentioned that we have been on the road now for three months, leaving Florida in early May and traveling north into Canada and finally to Alaska.
The 173-mile route to Cody, Wyoming started on Interstate 90 in eastern Montana and continued to Laurel. We left the four lane highway for a less traveled Highway 310 into Wyoming and changed to Highway 114 and finally Highway 14 to the KOA in Cody. Along the way we passed sparse landscape
Authentic teepees outside the entrance to the Cody Museum in Cody, Wyoming.
with some farmland, lots of prairie and rolling bare rock hills and the occasional canyon. Parts of the landscape reminded us of the Badlands in South Dakota.
We came to Cody to see the popular Buffalo Bill Cody Center of the West Museum and we were not disappointed. The museum is extremely well-done with a huge collection of Cody’s memorabilia, covering his family life, professional career including when he owned a newspaper, his days as a pony express rider and a scout for the U. S. Army, which won Cody the Medal of Honor. It was his Wild West Show, however, that made Cody a household name in the United States and Europe.
A plains Indian display at Cody’s museum.
The complex includes the Plains Indian Museum which might be the largest collection of Indian artwork and artifacts in the country. The Museum of Natural History displays an almost unbelievable collection of firearms and western art.
It took a full day to tour the complex. Tomorrow we are driving into Yellowstone National Park through the east entrance, about an hour away from Cody.
A bald eagle performs in the raptor center at Cody Museum.
DAYS ON THE ROAD: 89
MILES DRIVEN TO DATE: 9,936
GALLONS OF GASOLINE: 1,210
COST OF FUEL: $3720