Devils Tower National Monument

For my fellow nerds, the first thing we need to talk about is what we’re actually looking at, because despite widespread agreement on the basics, geologists still aren’t exactly sure about the specifics when it comes to how this tower formed (and no, it’s not hollow.) There is agreement that the tower is composed of an igneous rock (meaning it was once lava or magma) … Continue reading Devils Tower National Monument

Cody, Wyoming

Cody is a small town, but big enough to offer all of the services you’d expect in a medium sized city, with lots of entertainment, dining and lodging options. Just 50 miles from the East entrance to Yellowstone (a stunningly beautiful drive), with an altitude below 5,000 feet, it’s a perfect place to stop for a few days to rest and regroup if you are … Continue reading Cody, Wyoming

Heart Mountain

The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and National Historic Monument is located about a fifteen minute drive outside of Cody, Wyoming, and if I hadn’t been specifically heading to it, I probably would have driven right past without even realizing it was there. That would have been a huge miss, because this was the most intellectually and emotionally moving place I visited during my entire four … Continue reading Heart Mountain

Buffalo Bill Museum: Life and legend of Buffalo Bill and the West he loved.

If you are passing through Cody, Wyoming, you should definitely make time for a stop at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  The Center is actually five exceptional museums in one, and is surrounded by impressive sculpture gardens.  I was planning to spend a day here, but after four hours of wandering through the incredibly well curated exhibits, I realized it would be a two … Continue reading Buffalo Bill Museum: Life and legend of Buffalo Bill and the West he loved.