The next stop after the Wind River was in Cody Wyoming. The town is typical of most locations just outside a National Park. Lots of hotels, motels, restaurants, and T shirt shops. This spot, however, has a world class museum. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is actually five museums under one roof. These include a Draper Natural History, Cody Firearms, Plains Indians, Buffalo Bill, and Whitney Western Art museums.
The Natural History included exhibits and information about all the native animals and plants found in Wyoming, starting out with a full sized wolf mount just inside the entrance.
I had Marlin stand beside the wolf for a size comparison. They are much bigger than a coyote or dog.
This was an interesting combination of wood sculpture and taxidermy.
There was a short program in the lobby about the museum's bird rescue program. They rehabilitate injured birds and when possible return them to the wild. They have several that are unable to be released due the severity of the injury. This Turkey Vulture had a wing injury that disabled his ability to fly. The handler reminded us how valuable these vultures are as carrion cleaners. Without their services our world would be a smelly, unpleasant place.
The beautiful Kestrel only has one eye which eliminates his ability to locate and capture prey accurately.The program explained each bird's attributes and abilities, along with a description of their injuries.
We spent an entire day at the museum and would recommend a visit if you are in the area. Our favorite section was the Plains Indian museum. Authentic artifacts and information about Native Americans from this area of the country. The Buffalo Bill museum provided some insight into the Cody's ups and downs, as well as his fame and adventures as a performer.
Late in the afternoon we got a call from Addy and Butch Dubois, who were also on the way to Jacob and Carly's wedding. We met them at the Silver Saddle bar in the Irma hotel. Fun to run into friends from home when we were so far from Maine.
Our camp spot for two days was in the Buffalo Bill State park, situated on Buffalo Bill reservoir. (Seems like the name is a bit over used.) The campsites are situated along the north side of the lake, with breathtaking views across the water.