Fall has finally arrived here in Cody after an absolutely breathtaking and busy summer. In some ways it seems like yesterday that I was putting my flag up to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, but it also seems like a long time ago when I start thinking of everything I did and the people I met in a little over three months.
The biggest obstacle I face in summer is overextending myself. When someone suggests to me on a quiet Monday morning that we grab our cameras and head up the Wapiti Valley on Tuesday afternoon because several moose and grizzlies have been spotted near Sleeping Giant ski area, I immediately say yes.
An early morning run to my favorite trout stream before the sun is too high? I’m there.
Taking an out-of-town visitor on a whirlwind tour of Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite things in the world.
Next thing I know I’m booked solid and in danger of missing my favorite cowboy musician for the week. And I get grumpy if I go too long without hearing “It Takes a Whole Lotta Liquor to Like Her.”
So what do I have going on this weekend? A wedding and reception Saturday afternoon.
Nobody blinked when my friends announced that their daughter wanted an outdoor reception in late September. Odds are that at this time of year the temperatures will be comfortable, the humidity will be low and the sun will be shining. Sure enough, the forecast calls for clear and dry with a high in the mid-80s.
We will all meet at Cody’s “Poker Church” for the ceremony. The story behind the funding and subsequent building of this church is pure Cody.
In 1902, Buffalo Bill Cody and his friends were playing cards, and the pot was getting very large, even by these fellows’ standards. One of the players suggested that the winner put the pot to good use instead of just taking it home, and the rest of the players agreed. A man named George Beck won the hand and designated the funds be earmarked to build an Episcopal church which is still in use today.
After the ceremony we will head to my friends’ house for a “backyard” reception. Their backyard is actually a working cattle ranch with the Absaroka Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. The photos will be special since nothing beats the West for this type of thing.
We will probably be out too late Saturday for me to get in my usual Sunday morning horseback ride.
Hmm, maybe I could squeeze one in between the wedding and reception.
Until next week, I am lovin’ my (overextended) life in Cody, Wyo.