I am fortunate to be watching my grandson and will be in your area soon for a couple of days. Little Billy Bubba burns about 30,000 calories per day and wears out tennis shoes every two weeks. What activity do you recommend that is fun, affordable and, best of all, will tire him out?
— Lucky Granddad
While you might be prone to exaggeration, I’m not making things up when I say you should introduce Master William to Sleeping Giant Ski Area. For just $16 you can purchase a half-day lift ticket for the next Bodie Miller, and your lift ticket will be $36. If that is still not enough exercise, head over to the Paul Stock Aquatic & Recreation Center. You should have enough cash left over for plenty of refueling and to apply toward new shoes.
My husband just left the house with our grandson, a cooler full of food and the car top carrier loaded with ski equipment. I am looking forward to a few days of quiet and the opportunity to air out the house to get rid of the smell of burning tennis shoe soles. What should I do to make the time go by more quickly?
— Tired Grandma
Embrace the quiet time. There’s nothing I can suggest that will ease the pain of your grandson’s absence, but a couple of Dan Miller CDs playing in the stereo should make you forget your husband is elsewhere for a few days.
I grew up playing, watching and arguing about hockey. Any ideas to satisfy my fix this winter when I visit?
— The Puck Stops Here
I’m a Colorado Avalanche fan myself and once shook hands with someone who shook hands with Peter Forsberg, so I understand. When you are in town you should check out our junior team – the Yellowstone Quake. These teenagers work hard and play their hearts out as they prepare for college hockey or professional opportunities. And I’ll introduce you to a couple of people at the Irma Hotel. They might not know much about hockey, but they love to argue.
Now that the holidays are over and the house is clean, our thoughts are turning toward summer vacation. Can you tell me the difference between a dude ranch and a guest ranch?
— Not a Cowboy
Since the term “Dude” was coined not far from here and Cody has been the home of the Dude Ranchers Association for the past 92 years, that’s an easy question.
Dude ranches require a minimum stay, usually four nights to a week, and all activities, meals and lodging are included in a fixed price which requires a deposit in advance. A guest ranch on the other hand offers the same type of lodging and activities but travelers can stay just one night with meals and horseback riding optional. Lodging, meals and activities are priced separately and paid for at the end of the stay. No matter what type of ranch experience you choose, you will be treated to an authentic and memorable Western experience. The roads between Cody, Wyo. and Yellowstone National Park are home to a high concentration of guest and dude ranches. More information is available online.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and buying stock in tennis shoe companies – in Cody Yellowstone.