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Time to Get my Ski Legs Back

December 21st, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Good news.

In Cody/Yellowstone Country we are always grateful for moisture!

A storm blew through Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country this past week, and we received the most snow in the region.

When I lived in the big city, a good dumping of snow was not necessarily welcome except by the kids who were always happy with a day off school. Parents had to scramble to make sure everything was under control, commuters had to drive slippery roads to get to work, and everyone had to dig out their driveways and hope the plows didn’t block them in.

Around here we view things differently.

First of all, we live in a dry climate. If it weren’t for the Buffalo Bill Dam just west of town creating a reservoir that supplies irrigation for the farms, our food sources would look a lot different with significantly less local and fresh produce. Tourism and ranching are already big drivers of our economy, and they would be even more dominant without the foresight which resulted in the ability to irrigate our lands.

When the snow falls, we invariably tell our out-of-town family and friends “It’s great news. We can use the moisture.”

Like much of the country, our Wyoming fall was Read More


Zippety Doo Dah! Zip Lines Coming to...

September 4th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Zippety Doo Dah! Zip Lines Coming to Yellowstone Country

On occasion, I feel the need for speed.

When I want an adrenaline rush in the winter, I usually head over to Sleeping Giant Ski Area just west of downtown Cody and ski the intermediate runs. My favorite ski run is Red Star because it is parallel to the ski area boundary and I get some great views of the mountains and valley below.

In the summer, at least these days, it’s not quite as easy for me to get my speed fix. I used to achieve some serious speed when I was a barrel racer at the Cody Nite Rodeo, but those days are long over. When I watch those beautiful young cowgirls with their hair trailing in the wind steering their horses around the barrels with incredible finesse, I can still remember the sheer joy of the race. And I can remember how it felt to win.

So I was super excited to hear that Sleeping Giant Ski Area is building new dual zip lines which will have  fabulous views. And the best part, at least for this former competitor, is that you can race your friends on each zip because the Canadian Read More


It Will Melt Tomorrow

April 21st, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It has been warm and dry here in Cody this year. But that is not unusual.

People sometimes are under the impression that winter arrives and dumps prodigious amounts of snow from New Mexico to Canada from October to May. That is simply not true. Sure, the higher elevations can see plenty of the white stuff in winter, but that is a good thing since the ski areas just happen to be located there.

Snow remains in the high country as late as August.

If you watch a Denver Broncos game on television, more often than not the sun is shining and the fans are in their shirtsleeves. There was one Monday night game, however, where the snow started falling in the first quarter and covered the field quickly. The next day – maybe even that night – the telephones at the resorts started ringing and people started booking rooms and vacation packages.

Our weather is very much like Denver’s. It tends to be fair, dry and sunny. Our elevation is right around 5,000 feet.

Plows clear snow on highways to make way for visitors.

So when a spring snowstorm blew through here on Tax Day, few people complained. We can always use the Read More


Winter is the Time to Dream

February 2nd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I heard someone describe the various phases of travel as “dreaming,” “planning,” “experiencing” and “remembering.” That makes sense to me. Here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, we welcome the bulk of our visitors during the months of June, July, August and September and most of them probably spent time dreaming about Cody before they got here.

I do the same thing. During the winter, I find that my eyes linger on the pretty pictures in magazines of destinations to which I’ve always wanted to travel. I know I’ll never see some of those destinations – I’m a girl on a budget, after all – but it is fun to fantasize that someday I will. That exclusive beach resort in the Caribbean is probably not going to see the name “Corrie N. Cody” on the register anytime soon. In Cody, though, few people will stop dreaming about this destination because of budget concerns. There are plenty of options for all budgets, from camping and RV sites to quaint and historic inns. And all of Cody’s museums and attractions are reasonably priced.

Dreaming of a Cody Sunset?

Next step is planning. That’s when you get serious and start looking at your calendars, chequebook, clothes, Read More


It’s Time for the Olympics in...

January 19th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Since the holidays ended I have been working out furiously and watching my diet.

The reason is not that I need to lose weight because of the Christmas cookies and New Year’s Eve parties. Rather, our little town of Cody will be hosting the 2015 Wyoming Senior Olympics Winter Games February 19-22.

Events will include alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, basketball, pickle ball, racquetball, swimming, an indoor mile walk and ice hockey.

I love winter sports in Cody. I can spend a weekend switching among downhill skiing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. My skating skills were never really strong enough for me to be a decent hockey player, but my jump shot often hits nothing but net. I am a decent racquetball player, and pickle ball has truly piqued my interest although I have not tried that sport. Yet.

These winter games are now open to any athlete 50 years and older. Several hotels in town are offering special deals to participants. Details are on the website.

Wyoming Seniors will compete in all sorts of winter sports in Cody, WY. Feb. 19-22.

So, you’re probably wondering just how old I am. While I will admit that I can flawlessly sing along to the Urban Cowboy Read More


Cowboy Christmas for One of Cody’s Own

January 6th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

For cowboys, Christmas can come anytime of the year, and that’s exactly what happened to one of my favorite Yellowstone Country cowboys, Al Schultz, and his roping partner Mark Aragon. And Cody couldn’t be more proud.

The two won a world team roping championship in Las Vegas early in December, and they split a purse in the staggering amount of $240,000. Christmas definitely came early for these two cowboys.

Many cowboy champions begin competing at the Cody Nite Rodeo.

For those of you who know something about the world of rodeo – and here in the home of the Cody Nite Rodeo, most of us do – the competitive spirit of the professional cowboy is sometimes as big as his Stetson. But for Al and Mark, the competition they won was one for which they didn’t think they even had a shot. As my pal Lew Freedman wrote in the Cody Enterprise: “Coming into Vegas it seemed they had the same chance of winning as they did capturing the World Series of Poker.”

Al Schultz and son-in-law Mark Aragon – World Champion Team Ropers.

But the roping gods were aligned during the competition, and the two roped spectacularly. On the first day, Al Read More


Cody, Wyoming Wishes You a Merry – and...

December 23rd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

This morning as I was sitting in my favorite Cody coffee shop biding my time until my next guests’ flight arrived, I was expecting to see a parade of stressed-out shoppers getting in line to latte-up before heading back out to cross the next thing off their list. Didn’t happen. Sure, the tables were full and the line was long, but the smiles on the faces of the java-lovers were genuine and easy, not at all like that Grinch-like toothy, forced smile that we all use when we’re trying too hard.

And those quick, easy smiles illustrated my thoughts. In Cody, Wyoming, living, celebrating, visiting, touring and learning is easy. It’s the way we do things in Yellowstone Country.

It’s as easy as having our small, efficient airport just five minutes from town. As easy as having a wide range of hotels and guest ranches with friendly staff and rooms for any budget. As easy as shopping in our small, friendly, well-stocked shops and not having to worry about parking and crowds. As easy as being welcomed to join our year-round festivals and events and not being made to feel like a stranger.

Like most of my friends, I live and work in Read More


Shopping Local, Cody Style

December 22nd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 I love to shop in Cody. I love to shop for clothes, jewelry, shoes, boots, coats, sports equipment, furniture, one-of-a-kind treasures, memorabilia, artwork, books, music and jewelry (which is so much fun to shop for, it deserves a second mention). Heck, I even love to go grocery shopping. But I detest the impersonal nature of shopping malls, strip malls, big box stores and online shopping.

Fortunately for me, everything I need to purchase for everyone on my holiday list is right here in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Here are some of my favorite places.

Museum stores – Both the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Heart Mountain have distinctive gifts including locally made jewelry and pottery, clothing, posters and artwork and many, many books and DVDs. I found a great DVD called “The Legacy of Heart Mountain” for the history buff on my list.

Unique one of a kind furniture is perfect for the hard-to-buy-for person.

Galleries and artist shops – I love Cody’s unique galleries, many located along our main street, Sheridan Avenue. The folks in these stores invite shoppers to browse and ask questions, and they never, ever use high-pressure sales tactics to sell their beautiful pieces. Many of the galleries carry Read More


Baby, it’s cold outside…so go outside...

November 20th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Looks like our long, colorful and unusually warm autumn here in Yellowstone Country has come to an end. And if your friends are anything like mine, I’m hearing a lot of moaning and groaning about the deep freeze that has hit our little town of Cody, Wyoming. With ready access to The Weather Channel, everyone around here knows that for the next few days at least, we’re going to be cold. Very cold.

But my patience for whiners is as thin as my blood right now, so after giving my friends a day or two of time to adjust to winter in Wyoming, I tell them to quit their bellyaching and go outside and play. (I say that with a great deal of kindness and tact, of course.)

Even the Coyotes enjoy playing in the snow.

Here in Wyoming, where we roam around in cowboy boots and Stetson hats much of the year, most of us just make a few wardrobe adjustments in a nod to the realities of winter. Fortunately, our stellar sporting goods stores stock plenty of base layers, fleece and Sorels right alongside the crampons, carabiners, and skis and snowshoes for rent and purchase.

Fortunately, even when it’s cold around Read More


Finding that Perfect Balance in Cody —...

September 19th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Twice each year the planet reaches a point where I pause and think about balance.

When the Autumnal – also called the “Fall” – Equinox arrives on September 22, Earth will momentarily be neither tilted towards nor away from the sun.

All over the planet we will see 12 hours of light and 12 of dark before the days shorten in the northern hemisphere and lengthen in the southern.

I am just geeky enough to get a big kick out of factoids like that.

Like many places in this country, Cody, Wyoming used to be primarily a summer vacation destination. Kids were out of school roughly from the beginning of June until the beginning of September, and families took their Wyoming vacations during that time.

Summer sunset over Cody, Wyoming

Summer is still the busiest vacation season in Yellowstone Country, and July will probably always be the busiest month of the year in and around Yellowstone National Park. Through the years, however, many factors have come into play to not only stretch the tourist season but to make the region appealing at any time of year.

– We are always looking to achieve a better balance. Here are some reasons why we are succeeding:Changes in school Read More