Monday, 19 June 2017

Jackson, here we come.

After a leisurely drive from Yellowstone, stop for lunch at The Tetons and the onto a pioneer church, where we had a rest stop, we arrived into Jackson at 3.30pm. I could see that I was going to like Jackson.

Jackson has an Elk sanctuary and each year thousands of elks migrate to Jackson in the winter. This has seen the number of elk populate and there is now no fear of extinsion. Each year the buck sheds his antlers and then these are collected to sell, and make stuff with, as you can see this park has antler arches to each entry. Oh if only I could take some of these home.

Stage coach in the city centre.
We had two days in Jackson and this was my first op shop visit, got a few bargains.

Jackson has three great museums and we got to visit two of them, one about the pioneers and the other about the native americans.

Artifacts from the early pioneer days.
A crazy quilt, made from old shirts, blankets etc, finished off by tying.

This quilt from late 1800' is a log cabin design, but what was interesting was the beautiful hand made lace around the edge. 

Up close and personal with a moose.
Every afternoon at 6pm, Jackson has a shoot-out and nearly everyone that is in Jackson gathers to witness this event,  put on by the local theater company.

A fun time was had by all, even when we were attached by Indians. The next morning we head off to Salt Lake City. On the way we stopped at Bear Lake.

Afton, worlds largest Elk arch, more to follow

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Yellwstone National Park

This morning we had an early start due to the long distance that we had to cover to get to Yellowstone. We briefly drove into Montana, where we stopped at Cooke City for lunch, Matt our tour director, warned us about the special people that lived there, he was right but the town was located in a picturesque setting, with snow capped mountains.

Cooke City
Lots of wooden carvings, quaint little shops 
A chance to have a play in the snow.
After lunch we entered back into Wyoming, we arrived into Grant Village, Yellowstone at 5pm, on the way we saw plenty of active wildlife, Bison and elk

Everyone was taking the photo of the elk, I took photos of the people taking photos, so funny.
We are spending two days in Yellowstone, and have already saw a lot of wildlife.

After an early breakfast, the next morning we all boarded the bus to explore this beautiful park and all it's wonders.
Our first stop was Dragons mouth, an active blowhole of steam and very hot mud, with sulphur smells. Then we drove onto Gibbon Waterfalls and Artist Point and lower falls.
Dragons Mouth.
One of the many walks that we did, around the sulphur pools in Yellowstone 
Artists Point.
Old Faithful about to blow.
Sapphire pool in Yellowstone, we had two glorious days in this national park and I must say, we only touched the surface, what a great way to get in touch with nature.
After Yellowstone we travelled to the Teton Mountains, what a wonderful place to have lunch and lap up the sceanery.

On our way to Jackson, more to follow.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

CODY: Buffalo Bill country

We made our way to Cody after leaving Deadwood, the trip to Cody was up and over the mountains, on the way we stopped to have a photo stop.

The view looking back over the mountains.
Our motor coach.
After leaving the mountains, we stopped in Sheridan for lunch and had a Walmart stop, just when I left my camera in the bus, a missed opportunity......People of  Walmart.
We only had a light lunch, because we are stopping at Elk View Inn for pie in the afternoon.
We passed through some very scenic country side.
Arrival into Cody was at 5pm, we checked into our cabins and went off to explore the town.

The population of Cody is 8,800 and has a famous pub called The Irma.
Our cabin for the night.
The cheerywood bar given to Buffalo Bill by Queen Victoria ..

My chicken pot pie, needless to say, a big meal that was not finished.
I just love how the americans decorate, would just love some of these stuffed heads at home, very cheap here, only $125 for a deer head.
A large moose head. 

DH and I had a great evening we shared a meal with a couple from Buffalo. Sunset does not happen until around, in this part of world.
After a restful night we were up and ready to go, first stop was The Buffalo Bill museum, where we had 2 1/2hrs ro explore.
The museum was well worth a visit and was very informative about the life of William Cody, fondly called Buffalo Bill.
Buffalo Bill was a showman as well as a scout for the US army. He performed one of the biggest circus extravaganzas and bought the Wild West ro the rest of the world. He had 5 children, but lost 2 of them at an early age.

Buffalo Bill was a hansome man.

One of the early wagon trains used in the Wild West.
What caught my attention was the sewing box and sewing machine that belonged to Buffalo Bill's wife.

A grizzly bear, only one that I saw!

Sewing box

Sewing machine

I can see a quilt pattern happening here.
That concludes my visit to Cody, onwards to Yellowstone Nation Park.

Wild West adventure continued.

After arrival in Keystone, we set off to explore the town.
Population is 337 when tourists are not in town.
Keystone is the gateway to Mount Rushmore.  

On our exploration of the town, we discovered some chainsaw artists.

Just one of the many chairs scattered around the town. A lot of wood carving for sale, I could just see one of these in my yard.

Mount Rushmore was the vision of Gutzon Borglum who commenced the sculpting in the early 1900's.

That evening we dined at Ruby's, de'core resembled a saloon and brothel from the Wild West. 

I had bison stew in a bread bun.,..delicious.
The next morning, our first stop was Mount Rushmore. 
What an amazing fest of ingenuity,  unless you have seen this mountain with the president's head carved, it is hard to imagine the enormity of what was achieved with such limited machinery.

We had a couple of hours here and did the long walk, so that we could get every perspective, the air was a little thin, due to altitude, so plenty of water and gradual steps.

After our visit to Mount Rushmore we went to the Crazy Horse monument, which was commenced in 1948 and still a work in progress.

This will be what it looks like when finished.
After this visit we proceeded onto Deadwood, here we visited Tatanka, Kevin Costner built this  museum after his movie, "Dancing with Wolves"ar a cost of $5,000.000,

This is a sculpture depicting native Americans, hunting the bison into a pit, at a cost of $3,000,000, Tatanka was established to help preserve the bison population.
After this visit we went on a Deadwood tour in an old school bus, and was entertained with a running commentary from our bus driver.

Our school bus.

Gateway to Deadwood, population 1,260 and has as many poker machines, council earns $35,000,000 in gambling royalties.

Deadwood is where Wild Bill Hickock was shot. 
More to follow