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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 back west again.

A fisherman casts a line in a river in Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Fish our waters for brook, brown, native cutthroat, or rainbow trout.

It just so happens they came right through Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country and past my house. AND THEY DID NOT STOP. Okay, I probably wasn’t even home at the time since it is June when there is simply too much happening to hang out on the front porch. But, still.

Hikers make their way across the rugged landscape of Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Explore the backcountry of Northwest Wyoming.

From Cody they went west through the park and turned north into Montana.

Now, if they HAD stopped here and I HAD picked them up hitchhiking, I am not sure what we would have done since there are so many options during a Wyoming vacation. Want world-class museums, fishing, or hiking? How about historical sites like the Heart Mountain WWII Japanese American Internment Center or Buffalo Bill Cody’s Irma Hotel? Rafting, shooting, watching wild mustangs? Shopping for great artwork or western furniture?

A group of paddlers enjoy an exciting whitewater raft ride in Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Experience the thrill of whitewater and breathtaking scenery.

Sorry, Shia, but you missed a great opportunity. And whatever I chose certainly would have been better than hanging drywall in someone’s basement.

Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and thinking up the next great performance art project – in Cody, Wyo.

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