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 way to Labor Day. You might get tired of my saying it, but as long as school is out the Great American vacation is alive and well.
For the next two months I expect a fairly steady flow of friends and family to come visit, and many of them will stay in my guest room while others will head to our hotels, campgrounds and dude ranches. I love having company, and I have developed a few guidelines that make their visits even better.
Here are the “Corrie House Rules:”
- After I show you the refrigerator it’s up to you to help yourself.
- Make your bed. Seriously, why do I even have to say it?
- Go to town and meet people. There are too many interesting people from all over the world who make their way here. You can talk to each other in the car on the drive home.
- Certain cowboy musicians who play every night at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West are to be left alone. He’s married.
- Stay away from Longmire. I called dibs.
- If you want to go for a hike, invite me. I may not be available, but I always want to go and will try to join you.
- Return the waders, fly rods, bicycles and other equipment to their proper places in the garage.
- If you catch a trout, release it.
- If you do go for a hike, take your bear spray.
- If you are walking downtown, leave the bear spray at home.
- Drink plenty of water. Our abundant sunshine, low humidity and higher altitude sometimes mask the fact that you need to hydrate more often.
- You’re on vacation, after all.
Follow these guidelines and you really have to try to not have a good time here. And when – not if – you don’t get to do everything on your list, remember that my door is always locked and my guest room is available for a future visit.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and wondering where Longmire snuck off to – in Cody Wyo.