Home is where we park it... travel blog

Our front yard at Rex Hale National Park Campground

Home for a week or so

Spacious sites

Pretty wildflowers around the campsite

Lots of places along the byway to fish

Fishing along the Shoshone River

The rock formation are amazing

This one was a favorite of ours

Referred to at the Holy City because it looked like a silhouette...

 

Buffalo Bill Reservoir and surrounding mountains

Rock formations along the dam

The dam visitor center is just to the right of the tunnel...

 

 

The dead drift wood from the forest is removed periodically at the...

 

 

Dams are always amazing feats of engineering

 

 

Old Trail Town...25 restored buildings from the 1900's

Elk antler piles and arches are a common site throughout Wyoming

This was outside the Gun Museum

The dining hall and bar inside Irmas's

Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel

A storm is coming in


We pulled up to Rex Hale Campground in the Shoshone National Forest along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway. I fell in love. I hated to leave this place. For $10 a nite w/geezer national access pass, we had 50 amp & water. No sewer or dump. It is located almost 40 miles east of Cody, WY and only 15 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone. I would stay here again in a heart beat! Wait till you see what our front yard looks like. Even though the campground is close to the road, it was not noisy. We have been in prettier or better campground, but this week was really nice.

The only drawback to this neck of the woods is there is no phone service and no internet! Oh my, I was not sure how JC was going to fair for a week or so. We had so many day trips planned there was no worry about boredom. However, his pulse is fed by the daily news, blogs and looking at the stock market. We did drive toward Cody a couple of times to catch up on mail. We had to drive into to Cody to get a decent phone signal. There is nothing in Yellowstone either.

We even bought fishing licenses and tried our hand without success. Well, seems like fly fishing is the only type of fishing along the Shoshone River. However, I never did see anyone pull any fish out. We certainly did not, but we did have fun trying.

The scenery along Highway 16 is spectacular. The Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir are both along the highway with easy access for fishing. The dam visitor center is at the east end of the reservoir, well worth a stop.

We did our share of touring Cody. Today Cody's primary source of income is tourism. The huge Buffalo Bill Historical Center is quite popular. We have seem so many museums of this type we skipped this one. It is very impressive, but a little pricey. There was plenty to see just walking the downtown, the visitor center, and a gun museum tucked on a side street. We ate linnner at Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel, a famous hotel from the early 1900's.



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