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They’re Called Wildlife for a Reason

May 15th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

For the past few days it seems whenever I open the newspaper, turn on the tube or connect to the Web there is one story that keeps showing up. The good news is that it has nothing to do with the Kardashian clan.

What I keep seeing is a story and video clip of tourists who got too close to a bear sow and cubs on a bridge in Yellowstone National Park. Nobody was hurt, and the bears seem to be fine.

Bears in the wild are not Teddy Bears.

In the clip I see tourists with cameras getting too close to the bears, and the mama bear starts to run to round up the cubs. That action startles the tourists who then start to run back to their cars. Some of them scream which makes the situation seem even worse.

Around here we are pretty used to seeing wildlife, and we are well-versed in how to act in bear country. The worst position you can find yourself is to be caught between a mama bear and her cubs. It’s even worse than getting between me and a sale at the cowboy music store.

Even awkward moose appear tame in the wild.

And even Read More


Why I Can’t Wait to Spring Into Yellowstone!

May 12th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Hello. My name is Corrie N. Cody, and I’m addicted to birdwatching. Don’t laugh. Well, go ahead and laugh, but please try to understand that those of us who stop in the middle of whatever we are doing outside to watch the flutter of activity in trees really can’t help ourselves. I may forget my smart phone when I leave the house, but I rarely forget my dog-eared Yellowstone Wildlife Field Guide.

And the prospect of hanging out with other birdwatching addicts is one reason I wouldn’t think of missing this year’s Spring into Yellowstone: Cody Birding and Wildlife Festival. This is a prime opportunity to connect with others like me who are passionate about the wild things that roam our land and fly through our skies.

Spring storms rarely deter our feathery friends.

This year’s festival is May 13 through 17, and I’ll be going on field trips and attending seminars led by some of the biggest names in birding and nature photography as well as some of the top biologists in the region. I even purchased brand new binoculars to help me see the region’s wildlife more clearly.

Spring brings many mamas and babies out to meadows and open areas.

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It Will Melt Tomorrow

April 21st, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It has been warm and dry here in Cody this year. But that is not unusual.

People sometimes are under the impression that winter arrives and dumps prodigious amounts of snow from New Mexico to Canada from October to May. That is simply not true. Sure, the higher elevations can see plenty of the white stuff in winter, but that is a good thing since the ski areas just happen to be located there.

Snow remains in the high country as late as August.

If you watch a Denver Broncos game on television, more often than not the sun is shining and the fans are in their shirtsleeves. There was one Monday night game, however, where the snow started falling in the first quarter and covered the field quickly. The next day – maybe even that night – the telephones at the resorts started ringing and people started booking rooms and vacation packages.

Our weather is very much like Denver’s. It tends to be fair, dry and sunny. Our elevation is right around 5,000 feet.

Plows clear snow on highways to make way for visitors.

So when a spring snowstorm blew through here on Tax Day, few people complained. We can always use the Read More


Excuse me, I Need to get a Couple of...

March 27th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Today is my day to ignore all distractions, turn off the sounds of acoustic guitars and fiddles in the background, close the shades and focus on my work in my Cody, Wyoming office.

No, although I will be rooting wholeheartedly for my University of Wyoming Cowboys, I am not trying to get everything done early so I can pay sole attention to the NCAA basketball tournament.

Instead, I want to knock off early enough to get out of the office and head to my other office – my outdoor “office” in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Young pronghorn quickly learn to run and are very fast

While the Northeast has been hit hard this winter with record-breaking snow (I sincerely feel for you, Boston), northwestern Wyoming has seen an early spring with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. I have already put many miles on my hiking boots as the trails are clearing at a nice rate. With the snowmelt I anticipate a strong rafting season in our area’s rivers.

Springtime to me, however, is when I love to go wildlife watching.

Here is what I expect to see in the next few months here in Yellowstone Country:

Grizzly and black bears. Just because bears hibernate for Read More

Winter is the Time to Dream

February 2nd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I heard someone describe the various phases of travel as “dreaming,” “planning,” “experiencing” and “remembering.” That makes sense to me. Here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, we welcome the bulk of our visitors during the months of June, July, August and September and most of them probably spent time dreaming about Cody before they got here.

I do the same thing. During the winter, I find that my eyes linger on the pretty pictures in magazines of destinations to which I’ve always wanted to travel. I know I’ll never see some of those destinations – I’m a girl on a budget, after all – but it is fun to fantasize that someday I will. That exclusive beach resort in the Caribbean is probably not going to see the name “Corrie N. Cody” on the register anytime soon. In Cody, though, few people will stop dreaming about this destination because of budget concerns. There are plenty of options for all budgets, from camping and RV sites to quaint and historic inns. And all of Cody’s museums and attractions are reasonably priced.

Dreaming of a Cody Sunset?

Next step is planning. That’s when you get serious and start looking at your calendars, chequebook, clothes, Read More


Finding that Perfect Balance in Cody —...

September 19th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Twice each year the planet reaches a point where I pause and think about balance.

When the Autumnal – also called the “Fall” – Equinox arrives on September 22, Earth will momentarily be neither tilted towards nor away from the sun.

All over the planet we will see 12 hours of light and 12 of dark before the days shorten in the northern hemisphere and lengthen in the southern.

I am just geeky enough to get a big kick out of factoids like that.

Like many places in this country, Cody, Wyoming used to be primarily a summer vacation destination. Kids were out of school roughly from the beginning of June until the beginning of September, and families took their Wyoming vacations during that time.

Summer sunset over Cody, Wyoming

Summer is still the busiest vacation season in Yellowstone Country, and July will probably always be the busiest month of the year in and around Yellowstone National Park. Through the years, however, many factors have come into play to not only stretch the tourist season but to make the region appealing at any time of year.

– We are always looking to achieve a better balance. Here are some reasons why we are succeeding:Changes in school Read More


Fly me to the Moon, or at Least to...

August 15th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When you live in the wide open spaces of Wyoming, transportation is important.

Our towns here in Yellowstone Country are certainly small enough that you can walk from end to end. Riding horseback is still a way of life, and the bicycles and motorcycles coexist just fine.

But let’s face it: We love our cars and trucks. While we don’t compare to a place like Alaska where it seems every other person flies, there is more than our share of private pilots and small airstrips around here.

Open landscapes add to the great air show.

This weekend I intend to accept a standing offer from a “pilot acquaintance” who has been after me to go flying in his single-engine Piper Dakota. My plan is to meet him Saturday morning at the Cody Yellowstone Regional Airport where he keeps his plane. While I know any direction is okay with him, I want to make the short flight to Powell. This will be a simple flight with no special tricks, unlike what we will see later that morning.

The air show is always spectacular at Wings 'N Wheels.

You see, this Saturday is Powell’s Annual Wings ‘N Wheels Fly-in & Car Show at the Powell Municipal Read More


Finding the Familiar in Yellowstone Country

August 11th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Like most people, I have two sides of my personality and like to keep them balanced.

I love spontaneity and wandering into new towns and places and stores. Cody, Wyoming is always full of new faces and license plates from all of the states and provinces. When I hear a foreign accent my first thought is to wonder where those people are from. If I can figure out a way to strike up a conversation I love learning what brought them here for a Wyoming vacation.

What I’ve found through the years, however, is that after meeting new people, visiting new places and enjoying new experiences, I start to feel out of balance. When I lived in the big city, my “cool” friend Brian told me why I was feeling blue one day.

“You’re ‘jonesing’ for that small town where you know every other person in the grocery store and all the words to the songs of your beloved cowboy music,” he said.

And he was right. Every now and then I simply needed a trip to Cody to get myself balanced.

Even though I moved back, it still happens. Thanks to Brian’s observation I have figured out the cure to dealing with too many Read More


Life Lessons, Motorcycles and Smooth Roads...

August 1st, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

A few years ago I participated in a walk to raise funds for cancer research. Like just about everyone I know, I have friends and relatives in Cody, Wyoming and elsewhere who have battled this disease, and many have benefited from the medical advances made possible by well-known organizations who sponsor and run these events.

I was surprised to find that keeping the route safe for us walkers for three days was a local motorcycle club. We could spot these men and women immediately as they arrived with pink decorations and teddy bears adorning their bikes. I thanked as many of them as possible, and I still see many around town.

But having friends who ride bikes is not new. You see, as an old movie buff I have always had a soft spot in my heart for motorcycles.

I was a rebellious 15-year-old when I saw The Wild One and learned some valuable life lessons. When Marlon Brando emerged from the fog I immediately started talking about how cool it would be to have a bike like his. I don’t know if I really wanted one or if I was just trying to give my mother a hard time.

It certainly worked. My Read More