American Beauty!

Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 28, 2012

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Where I stayed
Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The drive from Bozeman to Cody was just STUNNING! I read that the route I wanted to take was not for the squeamish because of the twists and turns through the mountains, but I was feeling brave Grrrrrrr!

First part of the journey, was along the Chief Joseph Highway. This took me into some of the most gorgeous scenery I've ever seen. After evey climb in the car, I was rewarded with amazing views of the snow topped mountains, and lakes below. Yes snow! 90 at the foot of the mountains, but snow at the top.

Stopped at a little town called Red Lodge, where they were having a 4th of July parade. I nearly ended up part of the parade had the horseback cowboy not warned me to take another street!

Then I drove on to the famous Bear Tooth Highway. Often called the most beautiful drive in America. Can be dangerous too, so I was a bit nervous. Everything I had seen on the Chief Joseph Highway, paled in comparison with the scenery here.

At one point, I had Coldplay, Yellow, on the stereo blaring out. Just as I came to the top of a huge mountain, and over the top, the big loud guitar break came on just as I saw the amazing view for the first time. (yes I realise this was a "you had to be there" story) lol. But at the risk of being dramatic, it was almost an emotional experience...honestly!

As the drive went on, and I was getting even higher into the mountains, the air was getting colder and thinner.

Eventually I reached the peek, and a viewing spot to park the car. I couldn't wait to have a walk about in the snow. There were only patches of snow, but that was enough to make me happy. However, after running about like a kid for a few mins, I started to feel quite dizzy (nothing new there). I guess it was the thin air.

Stopped at another viewing point where a few tourists had gathered. Again, lovely views, but while I was taking pics, I heard a squeak, and felt something on my trainer. There was the cutest squirrel type thing just sitting on my foot staring up at me. Poor thing got a fright, and a small trip though the air when I screamed and kicked my foot. It didn't give up though. Chased me all around the car, hoping I would feed it. How many times...I DON'T SHARE CAKE!!! but I did chuck some cheetos at it as I was running around the car screaming like a girl. The other tourists, were much braver than me, and had them on their shoulders taking pics.

Driving down the other side of the mountains, the scenery change again. Slightly more arrid landscape, and the heat was really picking up. Btw...trying to spray factor 50 on your head doing 60 in a mustang convertible, is NOT recommended...especially when it get in your eyes!

Eventually pulled in to Cody, which is named after Buffalo Bill Cody, who founded the small town. Was quite pretty, but very touristy.

I barely had time for a coffee, when I had to get a the coach to take me to the Rodeo 4 miles away. For some reason, I just wasn't in the mood. Nothing could top the drive I'd had earlier, not even Cowboys on horses. I had front row tickets, but had to get in line for ages, in the 90 degree heat, to collect my ticket. Once inside, there was an opening ceremony, which was sponsored by blah, blah, blah. The there was a call to prayer, sponsored by blah, blah, blah. Then Some pretty girls on horses with flags sponsored by blah, blah, blah. It was all seemed a bit fake. I watched the first few Cowboys try to stay on their horse for more than 8 seconds, then I suddenly realised I was bored shitless!

Unfortunately, the coach wasn't due to leave for another 4 hours, so I asked about, to see if I could get a cab, but people seemed to find this funny. In the end I decided to walk the 4 miles back to the hotel, along roads with no pavements or other pedestrians. Wasn't so bad, but I was hot as hell, and my head was burning. Then, in the middle of nowhere I came across a roadside cowboy hat stand!!! WTF??? God must have been looking down at me, and she could see my head getting burned.

Treated myself to a cowboy hat for $28, and walked the rest of the way back doing a John Wayne walk and singing the Black Hills of Dakota.

Wasn't too keen on the hotel. Full of screaming kids, and parents that had no inclination to control them. Went out for a well deserved drink at a very rowdy bar. Didn't stay long. Bought some cake on the way back to the hotel to cheer me up. Btw...the very nice old lady in the shop asked me, in a concerned manor, if the cake was my dinner. I just nodded. She then said I should buy a sandwich too, so I did Then she said I should get some milk too. By this time I'm ready to bitch slap her. lol.

What a great day! X

btw...I should point out, that I LOVE a good winge, and any hiccups along the way during this trip, is all part of the fun. Make no mistake...I am having the time of my life!!

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Tony C on

I'm well impressed. Your doing something I'd love to do, cant wait to hear more :))

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