Big Horn Basin & Buffalo, WY
Tuesday, September 12
On Monday I drive out the east entrance of Yellowstone to Cody, WY. I’m not sure exactly where I’m headed. In Cody I stop at the visitors center to get some info on the area. I decide to take a tour of the Big Horn Basin. I head south to Meeteetsee where I stop for the night at Oasis Motel and RV Park. This is a small park with full hookups and cable included for $25 per night. My site was level so didn’t need to unhook. Very nice and friendly owner. And it sure was great to have AC! It’s much warmer here than it was at 7,000 feet in Norris Campground.
Tuesday morning I stop in the town and visit the museum. They had some very interesting exhibits on the early pioneers and ranches as well as the colony of black footed ferrets that was found here. The ferrets were previously thought to be extinct.
From there I continue south and stop at Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site. It is a small site, but had some nice petroglyphs.
The highlight of the day was the Dinosaur Museum in Thermopolis. They have an amazing collection of actual fossils and very nice exhibits.
The museum also offers tours to the fossil quarry. That would be interesting if time permitted. I want to get over the mountains tonight because tomorrow night the forecast says up to 10 inches of snow – no thanks!!
From Thermop I head back north on Hwy 16, stopping for the Washakie Museum in Worland. Then east on Hwy 16 where I find a great boondock for the night on Canyon Creek Road in the Big Horn National Forest.
Wednesday, September 13
Wednesday morning I drive down the mountains and into the town of Buffalo. It is a lovely little town. I stop and walk along Main Street. It would be fun to visit here in the summer when they have lots of events going on. Now that we are past Labor Day, not too much happening.
Buffalo’s claim to fame is the fictional town of Durant in the Walt Longmire novels and tv series is based on Buffalo. Walt even has a campaign headquarters here 🙂
I had thoughts of staying a night in Buffalo, but I decide to head on to Devils Tower National Monument. I arrive just after noon and get set up in the campground. $10 per night and I have Verizon LTE. Whoopee!