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It Really Has Been 30 Years Since the Big...

August 13th, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Do you remember what you were doing 30 years ago?

I sure do.

For me the summer of 1988 was comprised of listening to Dan Miller 45’s, listening to Dan Miller on my transistor radio and monitoring the fires in Yellowstone National Park.

Yes, there are fires every year in the park and throughout the West. The good folks of California are going through an especially active and tragic fire season this year, but it is always a matter of how much acreage is going to burn, not if there will be fires.

Fire is nature’s way of cleaning out old unhealthy forests. Trees die on their own or develop disease, and a fire that burns through a forest doesn’t really “destroy” it. Forests regenerate, and we view them as in different stages at any given time.

Look at Yellowstone. We spent decades doing our best to suppress fires when they would start. In our minds it was only logical that you stop—or preferably prevent, according to Smokey Bear—fires. We still do our best to prevent human-caused fires, but we look at natural occurrences like lightning-started blazes differently.

The 1988 Yellowstone fires played a key role in our evolving approach. That summer was hot and dry Read More


Yellowstone in Black and White

April 10th, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I know why they call it spring fever. I had an awful case of it last week during a series of cloudy, drizzly, colorless days. The whole world outside my window seemed to be cast in shades of gray. Even the emerging yellow crocuses beneath my picture window lost their perky tone, as if they were already giving up the grow after struggling just the previous week to sprout above the hard-packed earth.

For a woman who dreams in color, those long almost-spring days were agony. I wandered about my house pondering whether I should start in on the spring cleaning or appease my morose soul with a book, a fire and an Irish coffee. You know me well enough by now to guess which choice I made. I brewed a fresh pot and settled into my rawhide armchair with a copy of “Ansel Adams: The National Park Service Photographs.”

Roaring Mountain

It’s hard to believe the black-and- white stunners for which this photographic genius is known are already 77 years old. As I flipped through the page after photos, I thought of how funny it was that I was wishing for color to lighten up my day while Adams filtered out Read More


Dear Corrie

April 3rd, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Part of my spring cleaning has always been to go through the mail bag that my local Pony Express rider drops off on my front porch and finally get around to answering those questions that some people think only I can answer.

Okay, it’s actually the inbox for my e-mail, but you get the picture, don’t you? Just think of me as Ann Landers, without a twin sister.

Anyway, here goes:

Dear Corrie, My husband and I are having a disagreement about where to go for vacation this summer. I like to visit new places, take my time learning about the area, meet the locals and get in some moderate exercise every day. He, on the other hand, wants to go find a place where he can sit by the pool, drink cold beverages, play Dungeons and Dragons online and catch up on Janet Evanovich novels.

Do you think Cody would fit the bill?

– Not Stephanie Plum

Dear Not Stephanie,

I know opposites attract, but this is a little extreme.

While we certainly have plenty of pools, book stores, wi-fi and our fair share of cold beverages, I think you should drop your husband off at his mother’s house and spend a week on the Great American Adventure with me.

Dear Corrie, I find baby bison to Read More


Ask Corrie: a visitors’ guide to Cody...

March 21st, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

In just a couple of months, the streets of Cody’s Sheridan Avenue will be teeming with visitors from around the world, and I can hardly wait. It is always thrilling when I hear so many different languages spoken on our streets. It’s also great fun to chat with visitors from the East when it is their first trip to the Western part of the country.

We locals often are asked a broad range of questions about our beloved little corner of Wyoming, and we are always delighted to chat with our out-of- town guests. Here are some answers to common questions:

Who is the most famous person to visit Cody?

Buffalo Bill Cody was the most famous man in the world when his Wild West Show was in full swing, so even though he’s the town founder he’s also the most famous person to walk the streets. There have been plenty of others. Ernest Hemingway stayed at the Chamberlin Inn down the street from the Irma Hotel, and Buffalo Bill hosted the Prince of Monaco at Pahaska Tepee.

Pahaska what?

That’s the name of the hunting lodge Buffalo Bill built just outside the east entrance to Yellowstone. He liked to host famous guests there. They’d hunt in the forest and fish in the Shoshone Read More


What to expect if you give birth to a bear

February 26th, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

A friend of mine is about two months away from delivering her third child, and as her belly thickens, her patience thins. Her list of complaints is long: she’s sick of being pregnant, her husband doesn’t help enough, her three- and five-year- old kids don’t listen to her, she’s loathes cooking, she’s tired all the time.

“I hear you,” I said sympathetically. “Just two more months to go.”

My friend wanted none of it. “I just wish I’d been born a black bear,” she hissed back. “At least then I could get some sleep.”

Huh?

Mother bears teach their cubs to forage and survive in the Yellowstone Country wilderness.

I’d been thinking about bears anyway, because early March is when black bears and grizzlies start emerging from their dens in Cody Yellowstone Country. Last year, the first tracks were discovered on Feb. 22 in the northern region of the park, and the first grizzly was spotted on March 15.

Black bears begin emerging from their dens in March, and the first sightings of the year often occur in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich northern region.

But I couldn’t imagine why my friend thought she’d get more sleep as a pregnant black bear. Turns out, she was right. Not only would she get more Read More


There’s Only One Rooster Cogburn

January 29th, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I wish I had more time to watch movies, but when you are a hiking, biking, fishing, wildlife watching, skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, cowboy music listening, Western furniture loving fool like me, it’s tough to find the time.

I’m also not picky. I love all of the greats like Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and, of course, Randolph Scott. Sing it like you mean it. RANDOLPH SCOTT.

So when the Academy Awards nominations come out every January I lament that I know about so few of the flicks up for best picture. If I have the time I try to watch some of the nominees, but I’m lucky if I see two or three of them.

Over the years I have developed a little two-part tradition. At some point I will sit down in front of the television and watch True Grit. While I think that the remake from a few years ago starring Jeff Bridges is a fine film, I am one of those purists who think that there is only one Rooster Cogburn.

That’s right, John Wayne will always be my favorite actor, and I can recite lines from McClintock, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Cowboys, The Searchers and even The Sons of Katie Elder.

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Corrie’s Gift Guide for the Cowboys in...

December 18th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

So last week I started my Christmas gift guide by sharing my ideas for the cowgirls in my life.

Was there any doubt what I would be writing about this week?

That’s right, I have put a lot of thought into what I am getting those sometimes-clueless-but-well-intentioned cowboys who make my life interesting. You know, the guys who forget to show up on Friday night as promised and then stop by on their way home to shovel my driveway without asking. The ones who will tease me mercilessly about my cowboy music obsession and then stare down the stranger who makes even one crack about my latest CD purchase. The ones who don’t understand that I already own enough Carhart clothing.

Anyway, here are a few items for them.

For my antsy father who always has to have a project going and seems to have more power tools than the immortal Tim Taylor and Al Borland combined – A set of wave-shaped diamond sharpeners to help him achieve those finishing touches on his western furniture. He may not ever catch up to the professional furniture builders we have scattered throughout town, but he has a great eye and is happiest doing his Thomas Molesworth Read More


Corrie’s Gift Guide for the Cowgirls on...

December 14th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It’s full-throttle panic time here in the Corrie N. Cody household, with chestnuts unroasted, wreaths unhung, Christmas tree unchopped, bows untied, holiday CDs unplayed and a front yard red-nosed reindeer uninflated.

At least I have my gift list completed. I’ve even checked it twice.

Here’s what I have in mind for the many ladies on my list.

For my intrepid but impatient mother – A gift certificate for an all-day fly fishing float trip on the North Fork of the Shoshone River. I chose this trip for Mom because it will satisfy her craving for action with lots of great trout fishing but it also will remind her to enjoy the bounty of eye candy – shores teeming with wildlife and the beauty of northwestern Wyoming’s backcountry all around.

Corrie’s Mom gets a float trip on the North Fork of the Shoshone River, an all-day adventure that combines lots of trout fishing and abundant backcountry beauty. Photo courtesy North Fork Anglers.

For my adventurous but scatterbrained sister – A pack of thermal socks from one of our sporting goods stores – all still in pairs with their sock mates safety pinned together in the hopes that this is the year she manages to make Read More


Don’t Look Now, But it’s December

December 4th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Last winter was the snowiest in Cody/Yellowstone Country in more than 40 years and while it brought many challenges, it was great to get the much needed moisture.

The long-range forecast is saying we can expect more than our average of 43-45 inches of snow because of the warm weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean. I always get El Nina and La Nino mixed up, but I know it’s one or the other. If Dan Miller would write a song explaining the differences, however, I would never be confused again. I wish he would get on it.

Out here we seldom complain about snow. Because our air is so often dry with sporadic rain showers that swoop in quickly and then move one before we know it, we welcome moisture in whatever form shows up. More than 100 years ago our town founder pushed for – and received – federal funds and assistance to construct the Shoshone Dam (later renamed the Buffalo Bill Dam) so that Shoshone River water could be captured and used for irrigation of crops in the region.

There is a saying in the West that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Just slap on Read More


Climb Every…Waterfall?

November 13th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 Everybody knows that Cody/Yellowstone Country is about rodeo (every night in June, July and August), history (Buffalo Bill Cody founded our town, for gosh sakes) and handsome cowboy musicians (you know to whom I refer). It’s the things that catch people by surprise, however, that truly make my day.

Let’s talk about ice climbing.

That’s right, we do not have to go far to find the largest concentration of frozen waterfalls in the continental United States. The region surrounding the South Fork of the Shoshone River holds that distinction.

More than a couple of these bumper stickers have been spotted around town.

Plenty of people here in northwest Wyoming do not even realize just how good our ice climbing is. Sure, they have seen their share of people pulling into town in their Subarus and bumper stickers showing off various national parks and adrenaline-inducing activities. They usually know more about the various frozen ascents than I do.

This brings up some questions.

Why do we have so many frozen waterfalls?

When you think about that giant caldera to the west of us, it starts to make sense. Our region is comprised of porous volcanic soil that allows for easy water seepage. The mountains receive large amounts Read More