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“Life was so Whimsical?” — Vacation in...

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

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I get a song running through my head that stays there most of the day. I had a friend who was very adept at planting tunes with me and then walking away while I had to deal with Barry Manilow or the theme from Gilligan’s Island the rest of the day. No offense to you Barry Manilow fans, but he is no Marty Robbins.

Do you remember the Supertramp tune “Logical Song?” The lyrics rhyme wonderful, magical, miracle, responsible, practical and more. Maybe it’s even running around in your head right now.

I heard that song last week, and I am convinced my subconscious processed it and was waiting for an opportunity. You see, when I was speaking yesterday to a friend about coming west for one of our signature Cody vacations, for some reason the word “whimsical” came out of my mouth multiple times.

Sure, we have our wide open spaces and perfect country for hiking, biking, fishing, watching wildlife and a whole lot more, but do we really think of our whimsical side?

Here are a few things to do on vacation in Cody that certainly fit the bill. And Read More


Do what Peter Greenberg says and plan your...

April 25th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Last Saturday I was up early, got myself nice and caffeinated, found my grandmother’s recipe for extra-strength borax cleaner, mixed up a batch, donned my industrial rubber gloves, zeroed in on the dust bunnies accumulating under the kitchen table, turned the TV to CBS This Morning Saturday, turned back to the dust bunnies and stopped in my tracks. Because right then, I heard CBS travel expert Peter Greenberg recommend a vacation in Cody as a place to spend your tax return.

The dust bunnies could wait. Peter knows a little something about Cody. He was here a few months ago to do a Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio program, and he talked with several of our local experts on the history and offerings in our town. He called Cody “a place where the wild West still lives,” and he talked about many of our unique attractions like the Cody Nite Rodeo and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The Scout statue: Buffalo Bill astride his horse – outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Now, Peter has been all over the world, and his credentials as a travel reporter are as long and impressive as the list of Read More


Classic Cody/Yellowstone Country Vacation...

April 12th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Just Don’t Call ME a Classic

I love classic vacations.

For my whole life I have watched families come for a classic Cody vacation, arriving in their overstuffed vehicles with mom and dad in the front and the kids jockeying for position in the back.

Early on these family vacations were taken in station wagons (think the Griswold Family Truckster) followed by minivans. Today’s version tends to be a sport utility vehicle, but the concept is still the same.

When these vehicles first arrive, the doors open and the family members all depart from different angles, stretch and look around, ready for their first taste of Western fun. I can tell they are ready to spend some time anywhere other than in the car.

The good news is that they have come to the right place with plenty of activities within walking distance and a well-planned street system that makes it very difficult to get lost.

There really isn’t any bad news.

Often one or both of the parents will look around before turning to each other and say “Yep, this is how I remember Cody when I came here with my parents when I was a kid. I sat on the porch of the Read More


Musings on Road Trips and Togas

March 22nd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Like many people I know, I have found the movie “Animal House” to be a continuing source of inspiration throughout my life.

Even when the situation was especially dire for the boys of Delta Tau Chi, after they were placed on double-secret probation and were dealing with the twisted maneuverings of those mean guys from the Omega House, Boon, Flounder and the rest of the guys didn’t give up. They went on a road trip.

Well, first they had a toga party. (And launched an incredibly weird college trend that I believe still exists today on certain especially exuberant campuses.) But with maturity, there’s wisdom. I’ve since learned that not everyone can pull off a toga. Or should. And “friends,” seriously, if that picture shows up on Facebook we will have some words.

But my point is when it looked like all that the Delta Tau Chi’s valued in their world could soon disappear — their beer, their friendship, their girlfriends, their beer — instead of giving up, they gave in to the call of the open road. On their way, they experienced the hospitality of an authentic roadhouse, enjoyed some regional music and even met some charming locals.

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Plan your spring getaway to...

March 7th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Springtime is coming. And so are the babies.

Soon bison and babies will appear in Yellowstone.

During the springtime, Paris has nothing on Cody. Well, except a really tall tower. And wonderful croissants. But they don’t get to mark the coming of springtime with the emergence of the grizzlies or sightings of furry orange elk calves. We do. C’est la vie.

Spring is going to be here before you know it, and it’s going to be a springtime to remember. I promise. How do I know? Because our winter was one to remember. If you talk with the old-timers around here they’ll say they haven’t seen a winter like this in 20 years.

The snowfall we’ve had this year is far, far more than what we usually get. One of my pals who is a Weather Channel nut keeps track of snowfall and percentages. He told me the snowpack is 141 percent above our normal range. It seems like the countryside has been whiter than an elk’s behind for months and months. Years, in fact, if you ask me on one of my extreme spring fever days.

But no matter how you measure it, everyone agrees that springtime 2014 is going to Read More


The Easy Way to Plan a Vacation to Buffalo...

February 6th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When it comes time to plan a summer vacation in Cody (or Yellowstone or Wyoming) my friends have developed a foolproof method.

They let me do it for them.

I don’t mean to be a busybody; it’s just that my enthusiasm kicks in when I hear the words “Yellowstone Vacation” or “I’m thinking of heading to Wyoming this summer, do you have any special tips or suggestions?”

I can put together a three-, five- or 10-day itinerary faster than you can say “Corrie, slow down and take deep breaths. You’re starting to concern me.”

When people do allow me to share my experience, the first thing I suggest is that they try to envision just how much space we have here in the West. Wyoming on a single page in the road atlas can look like it is the same size as Ohio. Not even close. To illustrate, Interstate 80 across Wyoming is a little more than 400 miles while Interstate 80 across Ohio is close to 235 miles. People move here for our wide open spaces and big skies, but they learn quickly to not try and see everything in one day.

Exterior of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

My second Wyoming Read More


End of the Year

January 3rd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

I love end-of-the-year articles. Whether they are “Top 10” movies, the best car chases, the Darwin Awards or even the influential people who die, I simply enjoy looking back at the year that was.

In that spirit, I would like to offer my own list of seven significant events for 2013 and happenings in our beautiful corner of the world.

Sequestration threatens to delay opening of Yellowstone. In the spring we started hearing rumblings that budget cuts would result in delays of opening some of the roads heading into Yellowstone National Park. Of particular concern was that the east gate would open some two-three weeks later than normal so that the sun could melt the snow instead of National Park Service crews plowing the roads.

In demonstrating a typical Western “Can Do” attitude, a campaign spearheaded by our Chamber of Commerce raised enough money to pay for Wyoming state road crews to plow from the east gate up and over Sylvan Pass until they met the NPS crews working their way toward us.

The Prince of Monaco comes to town. In September Monaco’s Prince Albert II came to town to present the Camp Monaco Prize to commemorate the 100th Read More


Hang Gliding Over Park County

July 16th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

So there I was on Saturday, taking in the view of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse and the surrounding areas as I was hang gliding.

You read me right. Most of you know that I am not a daredevil. My idea of risky behavior is going on a first date wearing jeans I bought at Wal-Mart.

But instead of jumping off a cliff and letting the prevailing winds keep me aloft, I took advantage of a new option offered at the airport. Airborne Over Cody provides rides in the “microlight” planes that use fabric wings you see on hang gliders, but the planes are propeller-driven with the pilot and passenger strapped in to a cockpit.

We took off on a glorious blue-sky Absaroka Mountain morning and headed south toward Meeteetse. I wanted to land and make a visit to the “Cowboy Chocolatier” but that idea was unceremoniously nixed. While I am not happy about that decision, I guess I can live with it.

After a right turn over Lower Sunshine Reservoir we flew up to Buffalo Bill State Park. Everybody around here knows the story of how the dam was built so that the North Fork of the Shoshone River Read More


Full Family Season Is Upon Us

July 9th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

The 2013 Cody Stampede is now a fond memory. I should have kept some sort of journal of how many old friends I saw and new ones I made – hmm, maybe I could invent some sort of electronic contraption that will allow me to take photos, record addresses and phone numbers, organize these friends into one big group and then tell everyone details of my life such as what I am having for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But I digress. With the Stampede complete, we are in full summer season, and that means family time. I understand that many people like to travel during what is called the “shoulder seasons” when the weather is nice and the atmosphere a little more relaxed, but as long as kids are in school from early September through early June, families will make the Great American Road Trip in the summer.

Personally, I love it. With the obvious exception of Sleeping Giant ski area, all of our activities and attractions are going full force and you can feel the energy on our streets.

While many of the visitors stop in Cody for one night on their way to or from Yellowstone Park, Read More


Acts Opening Through June 1st

May 8th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Blog post – Week of May 6

 Over the weekend I sat down at my kitchen table with my dry erase board and magic markers and began filling in my calendar. Yes, I know there are all of these high-tech methods of setting up programs with reminders and priority flags and color coding, but I just prefer my white board on the front of the refrigerator.

 Anyway, summer is almost here, and several of my favorite acts and attractions in Cody/Yellowstone Country are opening for the season in the next month or so.

 This weekend the town will host our Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale. On Saturday we will close down the street at the Irma Hotel and set up a corral as close to 100 horses are bought and sold.

 From May 15-19 is our first Spring Into Yellowstone festival. This will be a great opportunity for folks to learn about and observe some the local wildlife, especially the birds of the area. I am planning on spending equal time in the seminars listening to some of our wildlife experts and out in the field putting some of that newfound knowledge to use.

 On May 17 Read More