Up bright and early the next morning with a wide world to go explore. We asked what were the local (Beaver, Ut.) sites of interest and the only one anyone mentioned was Cove Fort. So off we went. I had seen the Cove Fort signs when we go to Colorado but knew very little about it. It wasn’t a fort like I think of a fort. A fort to me means military. Cove Fort is a fortified Mormon way station. It provided a safe place to stop for those traveling between Salt Lake City and St George.
It was a home, telegraph office,trading post, and stage stop all rolled into one. The church has done an impressive job of restoring the fort.
It is also free and has nice bathrooms so it makes a great stop when you are on the road.
Our next stop was Ogden’s Union Station. We didn’t really go for the Union Station but for the 4 museums that are housed in it. One admission buys you all four.
We will start with the littlest which was the cowboy/cowgirl museum. It was a strange little museum and our least favorite. If fact, we really liked the other three but didn’t think much of this one. I think one problem was the other three museums were staffed with people who loved their subject. In this one, the person couldn’t care if we were there or not. The topic was really cowboys and cowgirls as they related to Ogden. This included such topics as those Ogden Rodeo queens who went on to win the national title.
The next one was the antique car museum. It is small but well done. The person in the museum made her subject come alive through her enthusiasm. It wasn’t the biggest car museum I had ever been in was it was a lot of fun to visit.
The third museum was the Browning Firearm museum. The museum included the history of the family along with the history of the various firearms.
It definitely was not my favorite but my husband loved it. We spent over an hour looking at all the firearms and bullets.
The last and biggest museum was the railroad one. There was some general railroad information but it also had a concentration of information on the western portion of the making of the Transcontinental Railroad. There was displays, a model railroad and even big locomotives. Even though I had visited other railroad museums, this one kept my interest.
Touring museums always makes my hungry so it was off to find lunch in Ogden. T-boning into the Union Station is a street full of restaurants. We chose the Two Bit Street Cafe. Don’t you love the name. It actually brought tomy mind two bit whores for the wild west days. It is in an old building and has retained some of the charm but isn’t quite there. We wanted something light so we had a Nicoise salad with Ahi and pork kebabs.
The food was pretty good but they could do a little more with the atmosphere. The wait staff was good but the kitchen staff was talking very loudly about their personal lives including a conversation about vomiting. Just what you want to hear while you are eating.
We took our time as we wandered over the hills to Yellowstone. The leaves were changing making a gorgeous background for our drive.
Our favorite site was the clouds laying in a valley as we looked on to them from a higher point.
- Road to Yellowstone – Part 1
- Yellowstone (coming soon)
- Yellowstone – the animals (coming soon)
- Yellowstone – the food (coming soon)
- Grand Tetons and Jackson (coming soon)
- Zion National Park (coming soon)