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Saturday, June 14, 2014

To Alaska Day 7 - Feeling less bummed.

Cody Wy

Temperature in town:     75
Temperature on top on mountain:   29

Making the best of it.    After breakfast in the RV, we decided to tour the

But first we came across this walking down the street in front of the campground.

A few hours later he saw him walking in the campground.  I do hope he found his way back to a less populated area.

The Buffalo Bill Center has several separate museums including a Gun Museum where Leonard could have spent the entire time.   He pointed out a 1885 Winchester Single Shot rifle.  It's the third from the bottom.

My grandfather was a butcher back in the 20's and 30's.  He used a gun like this to shoot the hogs in the head.    I now have that gun.  When it was given to us, it was in bad repair.  Leonard had it cleaned and repaired by a gunsmith.  It had not been shot in about 70 years.  The gunsmith shot it and attests it is good to go.  We've not attempted.

This museum had guns, guns and more guns.   Me?  I was bored, bored, bored.   However this was interesting.   The belts, holsters and guns used by Ben and Joe Little Cartwright.   Sure, you all know who they were, right?

 Throughout the gun area were old calendars that were printed by gun companies, etc.   I found this one interesting.

The reason?   I was born November 4, 1943.  Looks like I was born on a Thursday!

We briefly walked though the museum of western paintings and other artwork.   We spent some time in the area of Native American history, the area of native wildlife and the area telling the story of Buffalo Bill.

After a couple of hours we were hungry so left to get lunch with the plan of returning to the Center.

As we were eating, we got to talking about our car rental situation.  I decided to come back to the RV and get online to see if we could get a better deal.   We did.   We took the car back to Avis where we were paying $178.00 a day and picked up one from Hertz that I reserved online for $125.00 a day.  Still a lot of money but one day at $178.00 was quite enough, thank you very much.

Instead of returning to the Buffalo Bill Center we decided to take a ride on the Beartooth Highway.   As we were leaving town we were hit with a hail storm.  Luckily it was for only a short time.

The Beartooth Highway winds up to Montana and back down into Wyoming.  The loop itself is 112 miles. What a ride.  The first 60 miles or so was nothing special.  Then we started our uphill climb through the Beartooth mountains.   The top peaked just short of 11,000 feet.

A ski area:

We came upon areas where it was snowing.   This route is open only from late May to mid October.  I can well understand.  Some of the road is extremely narrow with constant switchbacks.   I am rather glad we were driving the rented Kia and not our F350 dually.   On the way down we passed a 40 ft Motorhome headed up.   Would not suggest anyone do that.   I can see they would be scraping the sides of some outcropped rocks.

On the way down we saw this waterfall.  It came down one side of the road, then under the road and continued down the other side.

As we were riding along I noticed something about 150 feet into the woods.  I told Leonard to back up.  Yup, just as I thought.

About the truck.   The dealer had called and said nothing came up on the computer showing a problem. They are closed on Saturday but the tech was coming in today to check out some things.  Can't ask for more than that.

All in all, it was another good day.  Tomorrow -Yellowstonel.


  1. Wow, a lot of snow for late June! Makes you realize that snow doesn't melt everywhere in summer! Hoping for good news on the truck, and glad you got a little bit of a break on the rental!

  2. My gosh what an adventure. Deer, bear, snow, switchbacks...what more could you put into one day? :)

  3. We use to live by Billings,MT and drove the highway. It is suppose to be one of the most beautiful drives in the country. We went to Yellowstone one year over Memorial Day and could only do half of the drive around because they had not cleared all of the snow on the top half of the circle yet. It was snowing while we were there too. I hope you plan on going to Glacier National Park. It is beautiful.

  4. I found the gun section of the museum boring too. I love the Beartooth Highway, but I did it a month later in the year.

  5. I'm not big on guns and gun history but I do know about the Cartwrights! We love the Beartooth Highway...when we were there it was a beautiful sunny day at the start and then at the top it looked like a blizzard. Your pics are outstanding..lots of snow!!! No, I would NOT drive my MH through that. I hope they made it!!!