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Why This is the Year to Experience the...

February 5th, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I realize the days are still short – but, yay, getting longer – and many of us are tired of winter, but it’s a great time to think of our summer plans.

Personally, I love spontaneous trips, but there are times when planning a vacation is just plain fun. My sister-in-law told me in the fall she had signed up for a group tour to visit China this spring. As we exchanged e-mails and spoke on the phone I found myself wishing I was going with her. She didn’t invite me, so I just had to make do with researching her itinerary and buying her some guidebooks for Christmas. I also added a similar trip to my “Some Day” list.

Last year I thoroughly enjoyed learning about some self-guided walking and biking tours in an unnamed location north and west of my beloved Cody, Wyoming, and I followed through with a vacation that was equal parts active, relaxing and educational. That sounds a lot like my life, except the vacation did not include cowboy musicians.

As part of my job, people ask me for recommendations for accommodations, food, shopping, hiking trails, fishing streams and the like. A common question revolves around “secret” times Read More


Not My First Rodeo

January 22nd, 2018 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

My niece was six when her family packed up the Chevy, locked up their heartland home and pointed the car in the direction of Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Like so many other Western-bound road-trippers, the family took their time so they could enjoy the pleasure of free ice water at Wall Drug, observe the giant sculpted faces of four of our favorite U.S. presidents and drive through the massive national park known for its fossils of ancient mammals, weird geologic deposits and grasslands before arriving in Cody.

With me as enthusiastic tour guide, we did it all. We toured Yellowstone, lingered for hours exploring Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and of course, watched the Cody Nite Rodeo.

Cody Nite Rodeo will begin its 80th season of nightly summer rodeo on June 1.

Of all the things we did and saw, my niece loved the rodeo most of all. She loved the clowns, the hats, the horses. And even at a young age, she couldn’t stop talking about the athleticism of the young cowboys who gave it their all.

Last year my now-teenage niece returned for a stay with Aunt Corrie, and we of course went to the Cody Nite Rodeo. Her enthusiasm for this classic event remained, although this time largely because she Read More


Making Time for Fun in Buffalo Bill’s...

July 24th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

There is so much going on in Yellowstone Country during the late summer and fall, this cowgirl is going to have to do some serious prioritizing. With scribbles in the margins, blacked-out dates and notes-to-self like “don’t miss,” “must do,” and “top priority,” practically every weekend day for the next two months, I am going to have to make some hard decisions.

Here’s an example. During the last weekend in July, there are three major events that I want to experience, and only two days to do it. Marked on my calendar as a “don’t miss,” the annual Heart Mountain Pilgrimage July 28-30 is close to my heart. Each year the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation invites historians, authors and other experts to participate in insightful panel discussions that reflect the significance of the site where 14,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated during World War II. There are also documentaries and exhibits. How can I miss that?

This year’s Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will feature the work of artist Roger Shimomura.

That same weekend, the “must do” Historic Pitchfork Ranch Tour explores the Pitchfork Ranch – a historically and biologically significant ranch in the Greybull River Basin where The Nature Conservancy worked with the owners to Read More


They’re Guidelines, Not Rules

July 4th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

There’s a certain rhythm in Cody as late spring turns into summer.

In April and May as tourism starts to build with empty nesters and home schoolers making their way into and through town, I can feel the anticipation building as our seasonal attractions like the Nite Rodeo and chuckwagon dinners open and year-round operations see business pick up.

I see more unfamiliar faces and hear various languages as the summer workforce is supplemented by both American and international employees looking for experiences as much as they are seeking work. Over the years I have grown to know countless people who answered ads in some faraway place to come spend the summer working in our darn near perfect corner of Wyoming.

This season has been hopping, and the energy level has been great, but the end of June means the Cody Stampede and Fourth of July are upon us. That means more professional rodeo cowboys, live music in our downtown honkytonks, a couple of parades and guests in our houses. More people who have moved away show up for this weekend than they do for Christmas would be my guess.

Families really start to show up in June and keep us hopping all the Read More


Summer’s Unofficial Kick-Off

May 23rd, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

While Memorial Day means burgers, beer and a day off work in many places, here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, it also means that summer has arrived. By Memorial Day, nearly all of Cody’s famous summer attractions have opened, and visitors from around the world have begun to arrive.

Here’s what those visitors can experience after Memorial Day weekend:

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Heart Mountain World War II Interpretive Center, and the galleries and shops on Sheridan Avenue begin summer-season hours.  The world-renowned Center of the West is celebrating its 100th anniversary with special exhibitions this summer like “Cody to the World!,” opening June 2 in the museum’s Special Exhibitions Gallery.

The Cody Trolley offers as many as four daily tours. I always suggest that new visitors to Cody launch their vacations with this interpretive tour that introduces the history of Buffalo Bill Cody and the town he built.

The Cody Trolley’s one-hour tour is a great way for visitors to learn about Buffalo Bill Cody and the town he founded.

The Cody Nite Rodeo begins its nightly performances. The first rodeo is Thursday, June 1, and visitors can experience the longest running nightly summer rodeo in the world until it Read More


Equal Time for Men Who Rocked Cody’s World

March 14th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, last week I wrote about some of the many women who made their mark on Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Even though there is no National Men’s History Month, I am a fair-minded and magnanimous woman, and I believe that men should get equal time in the spotlight. Most of the time.

But where to start? Now 121 years old, Cody was a frontier town with the kinds of law-and-order challenges that lend a certain amount of credence to Hollywood’s vision of the Wild West.  At one time, you could say something like “Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim,” and not be laughed out of town. You didn’t even have to be John Wayne to pull it off.

Speaking of the Duke, John Wayne once served as Grand Marshal of the annual Cody Stampede Parade, one of the first of several events that comprise the five-day Cody Stampede Celebration. Every year, the announcement of the Grand Marshal is highly anticipated. Last year’s grand marshal was storyteller Red Steagall, and previous years the town has welcomed Steven Seagal, Chuck Yeager and Wilford Brimley.

John Wayne served as Grand Marshal of the Cody Stampede Parade in 1976.

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Anything I Can Do She Could Do Better....

October 31st, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I’m a lousy shot. Most Wyoming women have learned at least two things about guns – how to handle them safely and how to shoot them. I never mastered that second part.

Like many Wyoming dads, my father would take me to the shooting range on Saturdays and yuck it up with his friends as we little gals – protective earmuffs as big as our heads – tried to shoot inside those teeny concentric circles on the targets. He would try not to look mortified when my target would come back without a scratch.

Hoping my talents were of a more domestic nature, my Mom put me in Saturday-morning sewing classes instead. The apron-like creation I made after six agonizing weeks – with its holey pockets and rusty stains from my bloody fingers – became a bit of a family legend as the rapidly unraveling cloth found uses as dog bedding, dust rag and car-buffer.

I eventually took up the violin.

I found myself thinking about my lack of those skills as I pondered an exhibit about Annie Oakley in the Buffalo Bill Museum in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. For Phoebe Ann Moses, as she was known until she took her Read More


All Play, No Work on Labor Day

August 15th, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The Labor Day weekend in Cody, Wyoming marks the end of our beloved nightly Cody Nite Rodeo and a few other attractions, but it also is the beginning of a super special time of the year: the fall travel season. And by this time of the year, Cody residents look forward to the season with excitement.

As a patriotic American citizen, I believe it is my solemn duty to spend the entire weekend playing and avoiding work of any kind. Some of my neighbors who have what I believe is a marginally unhealthy devotion to weed-whackers and pruning shears may not agree with me. But even if my garden needs dead-heading, my tomatoes need canning and my refrigerator needs fumigating, I’m taking the weekend off to play.

In celebration of the new season, I typically plan my three-day Labor Day weekend around some of Cody’s authentic Western experiences. But I try not to over-plan. That would be too much work.

On Saturday morning, I’m going fishing. Early. So early, in fact, that my favorite breakfast place in town won’t be open yet. But that’s the best time to enjoy the quiet and clean fresh air of our authentic mountain region. Last Labor Day Read More


Dirty Talk in Yellowstone Country

July 12th, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

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.

Enjoy a bike ride in the Beartooth mountains.

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.

The scenery just can’t Read More


You Shoulda Knocked, Shia

June 21st, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Dang. I wish I would have thought of something this fun. Then again, I am not the movie star I most definitely should be and would probably not get the attention.

So, what am I yammering on about this week?

Part-time bad boy, part-time actor, occasional shaver and full-time hottie Shia Lebeouf (sounds like the anti-Dan Miller, except for the hottie part) along with his creative compadres Nastja Rönkkö, and Luke Turner are in the middle of a 30-day performance art project called “Take me Anywhere.” The trio posts coordinates of their location and invites someone to pick them up and, well, take them to a destination for whatever activity they want.

There are some limits, of course.

They started last month in Boulder, Colo. and headed north where one of my friends in Fort Collins tried to be the one who picked up the hitchhikers to help him finish his basement. I have no idea if they have any carpentry, plumbing or electrical skills.

They headed east toward the Black Hills and doubled back to Denver and into the mountains before turning south and east again. They have been to Arizona, Florida, New Orleans, Chicago, the mid-Atlantic and then Read More