Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cody and the Big Horn Basin

Wednesday in western introduction to Buffalo Bill, miles through ranch country, red cliffs, high altitudes in the Big Horn National Park...and descents to scenes where ranching and farming combine. The song from Oklahoma..."The Farmers and the Cowboys Can't Be Friends" came to mind as we saw arid lands dotted with irrigated farmlands. No wonder the dispute led to a shootout between small settling ranchers and larger ranching neighbors in 1892. Thank heavens for the US Cavalry.

The Buffalo Bill Museum is a treasure of art, artifacts, exhibits, and sound and light clips. Paintings by N.C. Wyeth and Frederick Remington's sculptures capture the history and emotion of the West's past. A recreation of Remington's studio - originally in New Rochelle, NY - makes clear his iconic and eclectic approach to art and life. Eric loved the teepees that greet visitors.

Leaving Cody, we zipped along at 75 mph....In the evening, we tucked into a log cabin in Buffalo, Wyoming. The night sky - blues and pinks - made clear that ahead was another day of possibilities.

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