Back in the car, we headed south to Cody, Wyoming. As we came down the hill into Cody from the north, we saw three large river rafts coming down the raging river, pregnant with snow melt and spring run-off from the Rockies. I'm thinking to myself: "These are crazy people; first, the water has got to be incredibly cold; second, there is a lot of debris in the water which could puncture a raft or, worse, knock it over, and third, what if someone fell out? Even if they were tethered to the boat, there's no telling what's lying in wait under that water (boulders, snags?)." That looked like an incredibly dangerous sport.
Our Volksmarch tomorrow will be in Cody, Wyoming. We, however, will be staying in a motel 30 miles south in the tiny town of Meeteetse, Wyoming. The reason for this is that Cody's hotels and motels are horribly over-priced. Besides, I feel an affinity for Meeteetse.
Bob and I traveled through there on our way to Thermopolis, Wyoming, back in 2012. Two things I knew I liked about Meeteetse: (1) A master chocolatier has a shop in town; (2) Black-footed ferrets live nearby.
As we were looking for the Oasis Motel, we turned left just a 1/2 block too soon. As it turns out, we had to drive by a historic marker about Amelia Earhart. I never knew she planned to build a summer home in Meeteetse. Interesting.
We checked in to our rooms which were very clean and roomy, and then Susan and I went to explore State Street in downtown Meeteetse. Here's photos of the motel and my room.
|Oasis Motel and RV Park|
Meeteetse Chocolatier was our first stop. OMG, the choices were excellent. This gourmet chocolate business was started by saddle bronc rider Tim Kellogg as a way to make money to buy a new saddle. Kellogg continues to make every single item in his store resulting in small batches with unusual flavors; for example, I bought three truffles: sarsaparilla, coconut, and whiskey flavors.
|Chocolate display case|
|Sarsaparilla, whiskey and coconut truffles|
and a sage-flavored brownie
Susan dropped off some postcards at the post office. On the main corner in town we saw the Meeteetse Museum and decided to go in. The usual history of the town was included, but what I enjoyed was the room detailing the life of the rare black-footed ferrets and the art and animal displays.
|Beautiful saddle display|
A whole room was dedicated to the art of Olive Fell...
|Good cards for RVers!|
And this door handle on a restaurant...
Here's the only elk we saw (mural).
We spent the rest of our time just goofing off around town. Darren had stayed back in the motel room for some computer and personal time.
|Me and my buddy, Baloo.|
|Jailbird Susan begging to be let loose|
|Gotta love a town that has a ferret park!|
|Basically says the town was|
founded in 1879
After exploring downtown, we headed back to the motel. If you remember, I won a basket of eclipse goodies in the silent auction at the convention. Tonight Susan and Darren are coming to my room and we're having a little eclipse party picnic! The main things we added were cheese and another kind of crackers.
I've laid almost everything from the gift basket out on the table so you can see what there is: Eclipse gum, two bottles of wine (Morning Star and Moon Shadow), two bottles of Super Nova ale, Cheddar Rocket Crackers, Starburst candy, two plastic wine glasses with white stars on them, Shooting Star Cookies (sugar cookies coated in chocolate with pop rocks in the chocolate), gold star napkins, a gold star backpack, an eclipse walking weekend T-shirt, a pair of men's rocket man socks, a star scarf, and a candleholder with an L.E.D. light.
|From the silent auction eclipse basket of goodies|
|Me modeling the scarf and eclipse weekend T-shirt|
|Pretty good cookies!|
|Susan, Darren and I enjoying our indoor eclipse-nic|
|Sculpture in front of Oasis Motel|
|The swollen Greybull River flowing next to the motel|
|Cabins at the Oasis Motel|
|Striking evening sky|
|Laundry room and lending library at the Oasis|