Sometimes you need to get dirty, and in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, that’s pretty easy to accomplish.
Although I was as carefully coiffed as every other cowgirl dancing at Cassie’s last Saturday night, a few hours before I was demonstrating my finesse dancing the Cowboy Cha Cha, I was climbing multiple pitches of sandstone and limestone in the Shoshone River Canyon. I was a dusty, sweaty, nail-cracked mess, and I was as happy as a frolicking wolf pup on a sunny winter day.
After I cleaned up, administered a quick mani and pulled on my best dancing boots, I took one look at my overflowing laundry hamper full of dirty socks and UV-protectant shirts and realized I do this Cinderella-inspired quick-change routine quite often. At least a couple of times a week.
That’s because there are a whole lot of ways to get dirty in Yellowstone Country. In the last few weeks I’ve been horseback riding near Cedar Mountain, whitewater rafting on the Shoshone River, fishing for cutthroat trout in the Greybull River, mountain biking in the Beartooth Mountains, zip lining at Sleeping Giant Ski Area and hiking through the Absarokas.
Having fun can be dirty work around Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.
Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to get cleaned up again. With an array of restaurants – including some new ones this summer – and evening entertainment like the Cody Nite Rodeo and Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue, there are as many reasons to wear your good jeans and cowboy boots as there are to don your scuffed-up hiking shoes and convertible travel pants.
(And just in case you need to replenish your wardrobe for outdoor recreation or a night on the town, there are plenty of shops around here that can help. Tell them Corrie sent you.)
Until next time, I’m lovin’ the dirty life – and heading to the laundromat — here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.