Old Trail Town and Buffalo Bill Center of the West

9/14/16 (Wednesday) in Cody, WY (Buffalo Bill State Park – $ 22 /night)

Cody is a lovely town with lots of western history. We started our day visiting the Old Trail Town exhibit that was started in 1964. This is the site where William F (“Buffalo Bill”) Cody laid out his plans for the townsite of Cody, named in his honor. Here they’ve collected authentic structures and furnishings. Also several notable western figures were reburied here, like Cody’s grandson, Jeremiah Johnson/Johnston (real name: John Garrison) and Jim White (not his real name either).

The story in pictures. Our ticket taker is also a western writer, in the style of Louis L’Amour and really knowledgeable. John bought one of his books.

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Next, a few miles down Hwy 14 to Cody and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Wow, this place deserves its Tripadvisor rating of 5 stars out of 5. You can see 5 museums for your entrance fee of $18/senior 65+, taking 2 days. It does take more than a day for sure. The exhibits were displayed with great creativity, amazingly posed taxidermy and so much information new to us, experienced museum goers. Fascinating as it was, with a short lunch break at the nearby “Mojoe’s” (there is a cafe in the Center) and with John checking out the Cody Firearms Museum while I toured the Whitney Western Art Museum, we were totally exhausted by 2:30. Oh, we also had a chance to sit and enjoy a Raptor experience and both of us saw the Buffalo Bill and Natural History Museum. We’ll check out the Plains Indian Museum tomorrow.

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Display in floor of chipmunk burrow. I never realized they lived underground.

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This Hologram image appears only in the smoke.  Blew my mind.  He talks too.

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Buffalo Bill in Show Dress

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My favorite painting from the art museum.

John didn’t take any photos in his firearms museum.

We had to stop at Walmart on our way home for groceries and sundries, then once home we enjoyed our “MoJoe’s” leftovers for supper and relaxed.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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