Oh, what a year it has been here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. From the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service to the 5th anniversary of the Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center we celebrated many milestones and noteworthy events. It was a year to remember, and I think 2017 will be a heck of a year too.
As I reflect upon the past year and look forward to the new one, I have developed some resolutions that will let me embrace the next 12 months with gusto. Here are a few of them.
Eat more chocolate. I resolve to try each truffle that our own Cowboy Chocolatier – Tim Kellogg – can create for his charming Meeteetse Chocolatier I’ve tried most of them already, but the Wyoming Whiskey and Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Truffles are still on my list. Santa, are you listening?
Do more pushups. I let my friends talk me into participating in the 19th-annual Cody Ice Festival in February, so I’m working on my upper body strength. But I don’t want to quit after the festival. Wait until you see those newly sculptured biceps when I’m rafting on the Shoshone River this summer.
Become a better shot. The new Cody Firearms Experience is great family-friendly fun, and even those of us who are aim-deficient can improve our skills shooting replica historic guns in the indoor shooting range.
Re-read Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway had just finished that 1932 book when he decided to take a break from the confines of his Key West life and do some fishing in Yellowstone Country’s Clark’s Fork River. While visiting Cody, he stayed at the Chamberlin Inn and swapped stories with locals at the Irma Hotel Bar across the street.
Eat more prime rib. Speaking of the Irma Hotel, it’s been 115 years since Buffalo Bill Cody built the center-of-town showpiece and named it for his daughter Irma. The prime rib dinner at the hotel is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, and diners can enjoy their meals with a view of the famous room-long Cherrywood bar that England’s Queen Victoria sent to Buffalo Bill after his Wild West Show performances at the queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Support the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Next year is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, which started the Buffalo Bill Museum, the first of the five museums of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Lauded as one of the top Western museums in the country. I vow to support the museum by re-upping my membership and trying to explore each new exhibit the museum presents next year.
Smile more. Laugh often.
Visit Buffalo Bill Cody. Our town founder died on January 10, 1917, and 100 years after his death, there are still some of us who believe that he’s not really buried under tons of concrete in Denver but instead he is buried in an unmarked grave on Cody’s Cedar Mountain, which has an unfettered view of the town he built. I’ll hike up the mountain with a bundle of wildflowers and reflect upon the legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody.
Until next time, wishing you peace, joy and lots of chocolate here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.