Pardon me if I seem distracted, but I think I am coming down with a case of “Senioritis.”
No, I am not looking to cut class and spend the day watching the latest Star Wars movie. Instead, I plan to lie about my age, sign up for the Wyoming Senior Olympics Winter Games and spend the day skiing or shooting hoops.
These games will be held right here in Cody Feb. 18-21 and are open to anyone 50 years old and up. Since I am barely out of my 20s I have to cross my fingers when I fill out my application that no one will notice. Never mind that some of the participants went to school with me. They just failed a lot of grades and didn’t graduate from high school until they were pushing 40.
Events include the indoor mile walk and run, pickleball, Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing, swimming racquetball, basketball, snowshoeing and cowboy musician roping. Okay, that last one is not an official event, but a certain cowboy musician will be providing a night of exciting entertainment during the games.
The indoor events will be held at the Paul Stock Aquatic and Recreation Center in town while the skiing and snowshoeing will be conducted at Sleeping Giant Ski Area and Pahaska Tepee/Park County Nordic Ski Association trails.
If you are interested in joining us, the registration fee is $32 through the end of January and $40 starting Feb. 1. Registration includes one event, but you may sign up for more events for $7 for each additional event.
Social events will include a showing of the movie Unbranded on the evening of Thursday, Feb 18th, a private tour of the Draper Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West with appetizers followed by a performance by Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue on the evening of Friday, Feb. 19th, and a celebration banquet to recognize the accomplishments of the athletes on Saturday, Feb. 20th. These evening socials are being provided at incredible savings. I will pay your fee if you are the first person to successfully rope Dan Miller while he is playing Ghost Riders in the Sky. Again, I am just kidding about the roping!
Although many of the athletes are locals, we have had participants from as far away as Texas and Oklahoma. I would love to see some folks from east of the Mississippi this year.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and practicing my jump shot – in Cody Wyo.