Crazysister at the Big Heads

Monday, July 27, 2009

We awakened this morning to a refreshing mid-40s temperature in Dubois, Wyoming. We made our way back downtown and decided on breakfast at the Cowboy Cafe. Of all of the places that we have visited so far... Dubois would be my pick as the best. The people were very friendly. The KOA was above par, and the town was so quaint and charming. There were lots of little hometown shops with not one chain store around.

Our journey this Sunday morning would take us through the Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone through the southeastern entrance. The highway was under construction so it kind of had that "ride in the Richlands" feel to it. One time I think Uncle Bud was doing his best Evil Knievel imitation with the camper. It went airborn! Although the road wasn't in great shape, the views were incredible. I could never have enough superlatives to describe the scenery. Just saying that it was breaktaking... seems too underscored. There we were ... riding along with the windows down ... listening to Michael Smith singing contemporary christian music... and experiencing the most amazing views that any of us had ever seen. We were literally moved to tears several times, and if it didn't make you want to cry, sometimes you might feel like you could just wet all over yourself because of the beauty. If you have never been to this part of the United States, put this place at the top of your "bucket" list. We managed to see some wildlife. After a while you learn that everyone slams on the brakes for any type of animal. We were fortunate today to see a bear, some bison, several deer, and 2 moose. I just thought that Crazysister was running to the woods to go to the bathroom, but Miss Wendy was able to make out as she ran past the vehicle that, " they's 2 mooses over 'ere". We didn't get a good picture of them. I would have run too if I saw Crazysister barreling towards me. We visited Old Faithful. The water lasted about 1 minute and wasn't as high as I had expected... but it was worth the drive none the less.
On the way out of Yellowstone a storm rolled in... complete with wind and hail. It was a little funny seeing all of the bikers picking up the pace to get away from the hail storm. The road from Yellowstone to Cody, Wyoming reminded me of the Blue Ridge Parkway (times 100). We did see the destruction that had been caused by the forest fires (devastating miles and miles of forest)
We arrived in Cody, Wyoming around 5:00 pm and had our "daily constitutional - a Walmart visit". The Cody KOA has trail rides on sight so Katie decided that she wanted to give it a try. Just so you know... the last trail ride she went on while we were in a different state ended up with the ambulance being called and EMTs rushing in... I was a little worried, but Katie suckered .. I mean asked Miss Wendy to go with her. A one hour sunset trail ride in Cody, Wyoming with your own personal guide... sounds pretty cool ... until the 'Dust Bowl' set in... I have no idea where that storm came from - but the wind was flippin the picnic tables and the Mennonite guests on the fringe of the campsite all over the place. I felt sorry for the lady whose 'bonnet' ( I am sure that it has an "official " name... but I don't know what it is, and it is too late for me to google it) got blown about 25 feet up the tree. I looked away from her quickly... because I felt like I was seeing her naked or something. I was starting to get pelted with rain when I saw the trail riders coming in from out on the horizon. Miss Wendy was riding "Flash", and Katie was riding "Dudley". They both said that they had a great time. Katie was even trying to purchase Dudley from the trail guide.
Dinner tonight was at the Wyoming Rib and Chop House in downtown Cody. Miss Wendy decided to try the moose tips... here's my tip... don't eat moose! Well, she did and said that it wasn't too bad... just a little chewy. How many times do people say that about a type of meat that they have never tried? It is always chewy... it is MEAT. Our food was excellent, but the waitress was very hateful at first. Someone must have given her a smoke break... because about 1/2 way through she came back smiling.
After dinner, Nathan, Grayson, Katie and Miss Wendy tried out the jumping pillow. Basically it is an in ground trampoline ( more like an inground inflatable). I just knew someone was going to get hurt ... I (for one) ate too much pot roast to be flopping around on that thing.

Tomorrow we plan to go through the Buffalo Bill Cody museum and check out a few sites in town.


Thor said...

Sure wish I could be there with you all, it's getting a little lonely around here without you two.

I loved reading about Buffalo Bill growing up, how cool to be there in Cody!

Thor said...

Just looked through the pictures, all I can is WOW!! So pretty!

sherrysummer said...

Wow, is right! These photos are super like Thor said and I am so glad you are blogging so that we can all see just what a beautiful country we live in. Aunt Bettie Carol thinks those big skies are "BIG SKIES" too. Can you imagine riding across it on a big horse with only a canteen of water? Also, Aunt Bettie Carol found an article in "The Daily Reflector" in Greenville, NC with the winners at the Frontier Days listed. I will forward it to you later. Whoever is taking photos deserves accolades! Keep on Adventuring and blogging! Katie, I am so glad you went on the trail with Miss Wendy! Way to go...luv u...Nana

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Here is the article from "The Daily Reflector"


Date: Sunday, July 26, 2009 8:05 PM


Article in Reflector

Cheyenne Frontier Days Results

The Associated Press

Monday, July 27, 2009

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Leaders after Sunday's final performance at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Steer Roping: (final round) 1, Scott Snedecor, Uvalde, Texas, 13.7, $1,218. 2, Cody Dutton, Boerne, Texas, 17.2, $1,008. 3, Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 18.0, $798. 4, Troy Hill, Allen, Okla., 20.4, $588. 5, Will McBride, Ogallala, Neb., 20.6, $378. 6, Brady Garten, Claremore, Okla., 21.6, $210.

Steer Roping: (total on three) 1, Snedecor, 41.8, $10,767. 2, Dutton, 47.8, $9,363. 3, Herren, 48.2, $7,958. 4, Hill, 50.4, $6,554. 5, McBride, 52.1, $5,149. 6, Garten, 53.1, $3,745. (on two) 7, Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 28.0, $2,341. 8, Buster Record, Jr., Buffalo, Okla., 28.9, $936.

Bareback Riding: (final round) 1 (tie), Jessy Davis, Payson, Utah and Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 90 points, $1,450 each. 3, Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., 89, $900. 4 (tie), Micky Downare, Hartsel, Colo., and Tim Shirley, Grant, Colo., 87, $475. 6, Zach Curran, Arvada, Colo., 86, $250.

Bareback Riding: (total on three) 1, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 259, $8,640. 2 (tie), Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo., and Mote, 254, $5,760. 4, (tie), Curran and Davis, 251, $2,592. 6, Havens, 250, $1,440. 7,