Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill

Our final excursion in Wyoming took us to the Buffalo Bill Museum. Also known as the Smithsonian of the West, we spent two days exploring it and could have taken longer.

There is a natural history museum with many animal exhibits. The children really enjoyed this area.

Draper Natural History MuseumDraper Natural History Museum

There were beautiful Native American costumes.Indian dress

I asked an Indian lady what this dress is decorated with, she told me they are elk’s teeth.

blue indian dress

fringe dress

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beaded shoes

When I consider how difficult the life of an Indian woman would have been, I am amazed she would take time to create such beautiful bead work.

Ration ticket

 

There was almost nothing as disturbing to me as this; the ration ticket. It was not enough that the Natives were driven onto reservations, but to take away there means to feed themselves and replace it with monthly rations of cheap food from the government was the last step to destroying their dignity as human beings.

battle drawing

Drawing by Sitting Bull

“The Killing of a Crow Scout” drawn by Sitting Bull.

Art Gallery

There was an art gallery, many items from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show (including one of Annie Oakley’s costumes and guns), a large collection of guns, and so much more. One blog post can not begin to scratch the surface of all that is the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. If you are visiting Yellowstone don’t miss this amazing museum.

 

 

Yellowstone

Yellowstone park may only be second to the Grand Canyon as the most iconic family vacation spot in America. And like the Grand Canyon people come from all over the world to see it. Being there with so many other tourists, hearing so many other languages gives you the feeling of being some place extraordinary and indeed it is.

Every inch of it is a feast for the eyes and the soul. As I look through the photos that I took while there, I am stirred up with admiration again.

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake. The children could have stayed here all day.

Yellowstone Lake

I’ve never seen a lake with clearer water.

The park boasts a great deal of wildlife; from bears, both grizzly and black, to moose, wolves, and bison. With well over 4000 of them, no matter what animal you hoped to see you are bound to see bison.

Yellowstone Bison

Yellowstone Bison

“Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition, Old Faithful geyser was named for its frequent eruptions — which number more than a million since Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872. Old Faithful erupts about every 60-110 minutes depending on the duration of the last eruption, shooting water up to 140 feet into the air on average.” (http://www.yellowstonepark.com/natural-wonders/old-faithful/)

old faithful

We all know about Old Faithful, but did you know that 60% of the WORLD’S geysers are to be found in Yellowstone?

Wooden walkways lead you through geysers fields (not sure if that is the appropriate name) where if you choose to rebel against the posted warnings and step even a foot onto the surrounding ground, you could break through the crusty surface and be burned alive by the boiling water beneath. A place such as this more then justifies the leashes that some people put on their children. Thankfully Lucy was too small to walk.

wooden walkway though geyser

Yellowstone Geysers

Yellowstone geyser

purple flowers

These lovely little flowers were growing just feet from the above geyser.

Yellowstone geyser

orange geyser

pool

The contrast of environments within Yellowstone is astounding! Mountains, lakes, boiling pools, geysers, forests, prairies and more.

children at YellowstoneYellowstoneI could post photo after photo and never truly express the vast beauty of Yellowstone. I hope you get visit yourself some day.