HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDIE
Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
255Trip End Aug 18, 2010
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A sad moment was saying farewell to Grandma and Grandpa who were heading into California. We had had a fantastic time with them in Yellowstone and having new people into our group was great fun (and meant Ian and I had other people to talk too).
Our first stop was to the Visitor’s Centre at Fishing Bridge to see whether Lily, Fynn and Edie qualified as Junior Rangers
We left Yellowstone through the west exit which was about 9,000 feet above sea level and en route Ian screamed "Bear" and hit the brakes. Yes, on the side of the road eating berries was a medium sized Grizzly. We had a fantastic view from the RV and as we were the first to see it, reverse back to just beside it. Then we were joined by the masses including one complete idiot from South Dakota (number plate identified!) who throw sticks at it for a reaction. Thankfully (or perhaps not) the Grizzly took no notice and continued to munch. We were amazed by how stupid people were being in trying to ascertain a photo by going so close – about 25 – 30 feet instead of over 100 feet (yes we know this as our children were now Junior Rangers and that was a question!).
Feeling happy at finding a bear we left him (or her – sorry a question on determing the sex of a bear was not in the Junior Ranger swot book and there was no way I was checking for balls) and headed off for Cody
We were staying at what seemed like a family run RV site beautifully named “Ponderrosa” who were all really enthusiastic about Cody and helpful on what we should do that Labour Day weekend.
Now for those who do not know, Cody is where our dear friend Buffallo (or Bison for those who have been following our blogg) Bill lived whose really name was William Cody. It is a real cowboy town and that’s what we wanted.
Our first port of call was to The Old Trail Town, which I think was one of my favourite places of interest to date. A lovely old man called Bob Edgar had the forethought to gather western historic buildings and artififacts. Buildings moved from about 150 miles from the town of Cody and set up to form a western town giving you the sense of actually being there back in 1890s. Bob Edgar also researched historic data on the buildings and there were cabins there that was used by Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid plus a saloon where Butch Cassidy and other outlaws drank. It was a brilliant experience
We visited a miniature portrayal of Cody and the area over the last hundred years and then ventured to a country and western showdown for Edie's birthday supper. This was a buffet and music evening with western music. A Chuckwagon Dinner at The Cody Cattle Company. Funnily enough it was fun and Edie was called up for everyone to sing Happy Birthday to her.
Not quite a party but Edie had a great day.