Monday, August 22, 2011
From High Plains CG, Gillette, WY
We are still in the campground across the street from the Cam-Plex, the site of the 2011 Escapade. Today is the 11th day we have been here, and the fun continues non-stop. Several dinners with our friends, including a trip to Las Margarita. A total of five couples including Joe & Marcia, Rich & Mary, Bob & Molly, Wallace & Wanda, and Donna and I.
The margaritas and the food were great.. not one negative comment from anyone. In fact we had so much fun, the lady next to us said: " Ya'll are having so much fun, where are you from?" Of course the answer was Ky, Ga, Tx, Va, and Il. -:)
But before I get into all our activities here in Gillette, I need to mention a few things about our time back in West Yellowstone and then at Cody, WY.
While we were in West Yellowstone we managed to go see 3 plays at a couple of downtown theaters. All were very entertaining and we enjoyed them immensely. Of course, no photography was allowed so I have no pictures.
We also went to see a car show in West Yellowstone at a city park. Was really a great turnout with maybe 300 cars in attendance. I sure would have liked to have tried to buy this 1957 Chevrolet HT, that is until I found out it was appraised at $95,000. Oops !
One day Donna and I drove over to Virginia City, Id, stopping in Ennis for lunch. We ate at a really cute little diner that was part of a pharmacy. After driving over the pass between Ennis and Virginia City, we spent a few hours exploring the old town and all the old original buildings.
Several of the old merchantile stores had been restored (maintained) as they were during the boom days. Although you could not enter I mangaged to get a few pictures through the windows.
On the way back from Virginia City we took a little detour by Earthquake Lake and Higben Lake. Earthquake lake was form in 1959 when and earthquake caused a landslide damming up the Madison River. It seems I totally forgot to take any pictures of this area.
We moved over to Cody a couple of weeks ago. We had a couple of great dinners there with just the two of us. One nite we ate at the Proud Cowboy Saloon and had some huge portions of Prime Rib. Then the next night was at a great little Italian place right on the main drag.
We spent a lot of our time at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
This museum is absolutely fantastic with much more to see and do than can be accomplished in one day.
There was even an outside demostration of Chuck Wagon Cooking.
The museum was really fantastic, with actually 5 museum in one location. Absolutely worth the trip. Different areas included the Plains Indians, Western Art, Bill Cody info, guns from 1800, and Yellowstone Natural History.
I think this just about concludes our experiences up until we got to Gillette, which I will continue in the next blog.