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Updated Itinerary – Now to Independence Day!

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The Taste of the Wild West!

The Street at Old Trail Town

These are old, original cabins, businesses and wagons. The cabins have been moved from their original location and rebuilt and restored here at The Old Trail Town Museum in Cody, Wyoming.  Probably the most famous of which is the Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’s cabin.

Interior of Butch Cassidy’s and The Sundance Kid’s Cabin

Looking out of the window from Butch and Sundance’s Cabin I expected to see the Sheriff and Posse explode out of the Livery Stable opposite ……..

Looking out from Butch Cassidy’s and The Sundance Kid’s Cabin

… search of Butch and Sundance?

Original Wanted Dead Or Alive Posters

On arrival at the entrance cabin, to buy our tickets, we got a full description of the museum, how it came about and what to expect going round.  As we went round it was easy to imagine life in those days and smell and taste the Wild West!

Most of the cabins were named and had information of the history/origins of the cabin or store.  Great interiors for most cabins of artifacts from the appropriate era.

Old Saddles

Old Sea Chest

By going up one side of the “street” and coming down the other you see a few marked graves and monuments of renown men with the description of their do’ins: Jim White, John Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston, John Colter, Jim Bridger and Buffalo Bill’s Grandson. Again the deceased had been moved here and reinterred.  In the barns containing the carriages and wagons there was even an old hearse straight out of a horror movie.

Monument at Jim White’s Grave


Interior of The Shell Store. First store in Shell, WY

There was even a one room schoolhouse, I am glad conditions had improved when I went to school!

One Room Schoolhouse Interior

Original Log Cabin

In homage to the era and to try and give a sense of place and the atmosphere, all of the images from this visit have been made in black and white (and not because I just love black and white).  I believe this monochrome view helps transport you back there.

Gear: Nikon D800, Nikkor 24.0mm-70.0mm f/2.6, Lexar Digital Film

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Wild Horses Coundn’t Drag me Away.

In the Snowy Mountain Range near Laramie Wyoming is a beautiful ranch called Deerwood. This was the first wild horse eco sanctuary in the USA, approved by the Bureau of Land Management. More than 350 Wild Wyoming Mustangs (geldings) have found their final home here over the past 5 years.  Previously this was a cattle ranch but the cost of sending the cattle to feeding stations to fatten them up (as at 8,000 ft + the cattle just don’t put on weight) cut too far into the profits. The owners welcomed the opportunity to help the BLM save the wild horses.

Deerwood Ranch Sign

Deerwood Ranch’s proposal had all the features that BLM required: large acreage at various altitudes with a river for fresh water, crop fields for grazing, rocky fields for maintaining unshod hoofs, and trees for shade. Once BLM accepted Deerwood the owners had only a month to install 20 miles of fencing which they achieved with a day to spare. The ranch’s idyllic setting makes it a wonderful place to visit for several hours or stay over in a rented cabin for longer.

The ranch founder’s grandson gave us a personal 2+ hour tour on an ATV, that ended far too quickly. We learned so much about wild horses, their origins and how very different they are from domestic horses.  These horses had all had 3 unsuccessful attempts at adoption (3 strikes) before they were brought to Deerwood which will be their final resting place.

Amazingly they all have beautiful shiny coats, manes and tails as they naturally pair up and groom each other.

Dappled Grey horse grooming his “buddy”

They know how to heal themselves of wounds and minor injuries by standing in the river. They rely on the rocky areas to keep their hoofs filed down. And they protect each other, even when they are sleeping, standing up or lying down.

Sleeping – standing up and lying down.

Most did not take much interest in us but a few got up close and personal.

Bay Wild Horse Portrait

The ranch also has some potbellied pigs, ponies, goats, cats and dogs that greet you when you first arrive. A few hours here was just not enough!  We will be back!

Leaving the Ranch – We Will Be Back!

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