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We got an early start this morning, leaving Cody, Wyoming, just outside Yellowstone National Park.  We’re going to have to do some research on the origins of the name of the town when we get home, but judging from store names, etc. there seems to be a connection with Buffalo Bill Cody.

Internet access is still pretty limited for us as I need to keep my cell phone in airplane mode to avoid roaming charges, but we are making the most of free WiFi at McDonalds and at hotels when we are able to.  Until we get home and have full access we will probably just continue to update our blog when we can and will fill in the rest once we return.

Our adventures today lead us through some interesting places, thanks in large part to our dependency on our GPS as we didn’t have an area map.  We drove through some “Open Ranges”, where there are no fences and the cattle just roam.

Our first real stop of the day took place in late afternoon.  We stopped to see Devils Tower in Wyoming.  A fellow tourist me met in our travels in northern Ontario had suggested we stop in on our way by, so we did.  For those of you unfamiliar with the landmark and old enough to recall the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” will recognize it from our pictures. (Think I will try to find a copy of the movie once we get home to show the kids.)

Our next stop was Mount Rushmore.  We didn’t spend a lot of time at Mount Rushmore, but now that we have an annual pass (that comes with the parking fee) we can return any time we are in the area 🙂  It was a lovely spot and it was nice to see the site in person.  I personally was expecting it to look larger, but non the less it is still amazing to see.

Tonight is a hotel night.  With limited options we ended up having to go a little beyond our budget for a room as this area is jam packed with tourists and quite commercial.  We found a nice hotel though and are adding to our collection of reward points.