June 13, 2010, Sunday, Cody to Yellowstone

 image     Before we left Cody, we stopped to see a few places on the way out of town.

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One of the places we stopped was the Old West Miniature Village & Museum at Tecumseh’s Trading Post.  The Miniature Village is the only indoor exhibit of its kind to depict the historical events of WY and MT from the 1600’s –1800’s.  66 scenes in one large expanse which covers over 7,000 sq. ft, includes the Oregon Trail, Custer’s Last Stand, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show; lots of antique, miniature trains in action and much more!

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The Old West Museum is one of the truly great museums of the West.  A unique & authentic collection of artifacts, weapons and period clothing of the Wild West. 

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There are also full- and head-mount displays of big game animals from North America and Africa.

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     We then drove the 50 beautiful miles west to Yellowstone National Park.  Is is the first national park, established by an act of Congress in 1872.  The region took its name from the dramatic gold-hued cliffs lining the river canyon.  Yellowstone is unique for its geysers, hot springs, mud pools and fumaroles—the largest concentration of geothermal features in the world.  The park sits atop one of the largest active volcanoes on earth, a ‘”hot spot” that last erupted some 640,000 years ago, carving out a caldera 28 miles wide and 53 miles long.  Heated by this vast subterranean magma chamber, the Yellowstone valley continues to steam and vent.


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We stopped and saw Old Faithful and I turned the camera to catch it on video.  I learned you can not do that.  You have to watch it by turning your head.  It was sprinkling just a little bit.  We left the park and went to West Yellowstone, MT for the night at the Moose Creek Inn.  Rays nickname as a kid was Moose, so I thought it was fitting!  We went to the local pizza place for dinner.

IMG_8041 I was standing at the door when I took this picture.  Not very large, but larger than a cabin on the ship!  It was the kind of motel where you park at your door.

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