While I am no Imelda Marcos, I do appreciate that there are shoes for every occasion. Let me clarify and say that here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country there are shoes for every activity.
A Wyoming vacation trip featuring hiking, fishing, riding and a fancy art show (possibly in the same day) requires a little more planning than your typical trip to the beach.
Sure, you can get away with cowboy boots for almost any event or activity around here, but even the best footwear in the history of footwear has its limits.
Therefore, I have a few suggestions – broken down by activity with some clothing recommendations thrown in – for packing for a fall trip to this area.
Hiking. Pretty much anything goes for this activity as long as it’s comfortable. Since it can easily be chilly when you start and hot when you finish, wear layers and make sure you have a backpack to carry those fleece jackets you discard. Oh, and pants that convert into hiking shorts might be one of the greatest inventions ever. Shoes: Hiking boots.
Rendezvous Royale. Our annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is a classy western gala September 23, part of Cody’s Rendezvous Royale, September 19-24. This is the event for turquoise jewelry, colorful fringe jackets, bolo ties, rhinestones and hand-painted scarves. Shoes: Nothing but your fanciest cowboy boots.
Fishing. Experienced anglers know that muted colors are the only way to go when casting a fly in a trout stream. Your basic beige, tan and boring green are fine. Shoes: Waders or wading shoes, of course.
Sightseeing. Like hiking, most anything works. In this case, however, you don’t need to worry as much about warming up too much because of the physical exertion. Just wear comfortable clothing and save the football jersey for your weekend tailgate parties. Shoes: Whatever feels right.
Listening to Music. Cody prides itself on its musical choices. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue and the Cody Cattle Company continue performances of cowboy music. They don’t mind what you wear, but they will certainly look nice. Shoes: Something flexible to allow for toe tapping.
Horseback Riding. Long pants and close-toe shoes. Or just make it easy and wear your favorite old jeans. Shoes: Your everyday cowboy boots.
History Tours. The Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center at the site of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp offers a glimpse of the lives of some 14,000 Japanese-American citizens who were incarcerated there during World War II. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West features five terrific museums under one roof, including those devoted to Buffalo Bill, firearms, fine Western Art, the Plains Indians of the region and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Wear whatever you like. Shoes: Walking shoes.
Shopping. Cody’s main street, Sheridan Avenue, features a wide array of art galleries, boutiques, souvenir shops and other retail establishments. Check the weather report and let the forecast determine your clothing. Shoes: Your least favorite since you should probably buy a new pair.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – in my cowboy boots, of course – in Cody, Wyo.