“My restless, roaming spirit would not allow me to remain at home for very long.” ~ Buffalo Bill Cody
This is our day in Cody with very little driving! Enjoyed complementary motel breakfast. The morning brings cloudless blue skies (again!) and it was going to be a hot one: highs in mid-80s. We drove through town and visited the Buffalo Bill Dam which is an historic site. Dam built in 1905-09. The Visitor Center is like a small museum – husband enjoyed the history & details of how they built the dam.
Next stop @ 10:30 AM – Buffalo Bill Center of The West. This is like 5 different museums in one: Firearms Museum, Museum of Plains Indians, Museum of Natural History (of the area), Western Art Museum AND Life of Buffalo Bill (William Cody). This is a huge place and of Smithsonian Museum quality. Well worth the $18 admission (which is good for 2 days). We spent 4 hours here & could have spent a bit more time. There are also some great sculptures outside. The museum’s café is nice – we had lunch there (good salad bar!).
Rested back at motel in late afternoon. It’s hot! Headed out @ 5 for Cody Cattle Co. – buffet dinner and music show. This is a large cavern-type open room & we arrived early. Got seats front & center by stage. Buffet is bountiful, simple food but tasty. An elderly couple from Louisiana sat across picnic table from us & we had a nice chat. He is 82 & just retired! His company gave him a trip West. The show was an hour long and great fun: a family act with wife on guitar, husband on fiddle & 14 year old son on bass. Band leader on guitar also… all very talented. Sang country classics. At 7:30, we drove a short block to the Cody Rodeo. Two hours of roping calves, barrel racing, bucking broncos, bull riding & rodeo clown banter. Enjoyed a beautiful Wyoming sunset during the show. It was still quite warm (upper 70s) at 10 PM, when show ended.