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Big Timber Travel Blog› entry 9 of 12 › view all entries
Got up this morning after another great night of sleep at the CCV, there was a killer wind the previous night and I absolutely loved hearing the wind howl outside. There were tumbleweeds all over the place in the morning and I felt like I was in a scene from an old west movie. We had to leave Cody today, this town/city was amazing and I definitely have it on my list of places to return to. Isn’t it funny how that works, you see places and all you end up doing is deciding that there is a ton more there that you need and want to see!
During the trolley tour the previous day we had driven out to the Buffalo Bill Dam and decided we wanted to spend some more time there. The dam is only 5-10 miles outside of Cody and although I’m not a huge dam fan the scenery at the dam was well worth the visit.
We then officially left Cody and headed back up towards Montana, since we were heading up to Glacier National Park we decided to head north and then come down via Missoula and Gardinier into Yellowstone. I have to tell you it took everything in my power not to go to turn the car west to head into Yellowstone at that time. As is turns out the only part of Yellowstone we didn’t get to see was the Lamar Valley so I guess my next trip to Cody will include that side trip. We were headed up to Big Timber for the night and had decided that on the way we wanted to stop at Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park and Natural Bridge Falls in the Gallatin National Forest.
Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park is off the Greycliff exit of I-90. Montana has these state parks where if you have a car with a Montana license plate you get in for free but if not you pay a small fee. It’s an honor system really, you get an envelope and put the money in it, rip off the permit for your windshield and put the money in the slot. I believe the fee for Prairie Dog Town was $ 2.00 per car so definitely affordable. Basically you drive around this area that has been set aside for the Priare Dogs and watch them. They have various stopping areas where you can get out and there’s informative signs to read. Praire Dogs are absolutely adorable. I understand most people feel that they are a nuisance but they are still adorable.
After we left there we decided to head to Natural Bridge Falls, unfortunately for us the directions were not clearly marked so we drove up and down I 90 and up and down Frontage Road ( we also came to the conclusion that every town has a Frontage Rd in Montana ). I temporarily lapsed into my father and kept driving up and down the same area until finally sensible heads prevailed ( Kerry and my mom ) and we decided that we had better stop in the hotel and check in and if possible get directions.
After we left we went to eat at the Country Skillet, which was surprisingly good for a kinda truck stop place, and then headed back to downtown Big Timber to The Grand Hotel. I say downtown Big Timber but there really wasn’t a downtown area. Big Timber is the kind of place I like to stay in, not over crowded or stuffy just a slice of American pie. The Grand was a historic hotel that showed with the decorations and furnishing. But old or not I loved it, it even had the glass above the doors with the room number painted on, very cool. Kerry and I then got ready and headed down to the hotel bar and had a couple of beers before heading back upstairs to get some sleep before another big day of adventure.