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We’re Number 1. Again.

February 15th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

So I was sitting in my living room watching the snow fall and silently hoping for it to keep falling until the powder at Sleeping Giant Si Area is a foot deep, cross country ski trails need grooming and the snowmobiling is smoother than Dan Miller singing about cool, clear water.

I also took the opportunity to prop up my tired legs and rest after a morning spent snowshoeing along the South Fork of the Shoshone River as I joined in on the fun of the Cody Ice Festival.

When it snows, I just change my shoes.

That’s when I came across an article by 24/7 Wall Street ranking the best states for people as they grow older. This was one of those online articles that makes you click through the photos and captions one at a time until you find your state.

In the case, I went through all of them since Wyoming was Number 1.

As I am many, many, many years from being classified as “old,” I viewed this exercise as purely hypothetical.

Let’s pretend, however, that I am closer to retirement than I am to being legally allowed into the lounge at Cassie’s Supper Club. What should I consider?

Well, it turns Read More


Where’s the Beef? Right Here in Cody.

February 7th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (3)

It’s been 33 years since actress Clara Peller asked innocently asked her two white-haired, burger-buying companions, “where’s the beef?” The question quickly became fodder for late-night comics, junior high jokesters and authors of advertising textbooks. In the first of a series of commercials, the incredulous threesome poked at a massive-but-empty-looking bun from a fictitious fast-food joint called “Home of the Big Bun.” The line, hilarious in its simplicity, came to mind the other day when I read about a USA Today contest to name the best bison burger in Wyoming.

Cody’s own Proud Cut Saloon & Steakhouse made the – um – “cut,” and now it is up to Proud Cut fans to cast their votes to give some national attention to a town favorite.

The cozy Proud Cut Saloon & Steakhouse offers “Kick-Ass Cowboy Cuisine” and ambiance to match the food.

Here’s how you can help. First, cast your online vote today. It’s easy, and you don’t even have to show your ID. Next, cast the same vote every day until Feb. 27 when the contest ends. And third, next time you’re in town, order up a Proud Cut Saloon & Steakhouse bison burger, and you’ll understand why the restaurant proudly Read More


An Anniversary to Remember, Even if I...

February 1st, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It’s been snowy and windy lately here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Of course, it always is snowy and windy on some winter days here, but this season we’ve had an exceptional amount of snow. We have epic conditions for winter fun this year, and the outdoor adventurers have been having crazy cold-weather fun. The folks at the Sleeping Giant Ski Area and the planners of the Cody Ice Fest are downright giddy.

I’m one of those crazies. I’m a regular at Sleeping Giant, I love a solitary snowshoe trek. And in a couple of weeks, I’m going to take the beginner’s clinic at the Cody Ice Fest and hope to add “ice climber” to my adventure bonafides.

Knowing that I’d be outdoors a great deal this winter, I bought expedition-weight base layers and wool socks to round out my winter gear, and I’ve been warm and cozy during all my winter adventures.

I was thinking about this while I was going over my Amex Gold bill the other day. All I had to do to be warm was walk down to Sunlight Sports, make my selection, pay for it and go on my way. It wasn’t so easy for 14,000 Heart Mountain Read More


From White House to Wyoming: The...

January 24th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Many U.S. presidents visit Wyoming during their terms, and some have even called on our own little corner of paradise here in Cody. In some cases, it was political expediency, but in many examples, presidents came to enjoy the beauty and recreational offerings of the Cowboy State.

I did a little research on a recent snowy afternoon here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, and here is what I discovered on the Wyoming State Archives and National Park Service websites.

Many U.S. presidents visited Yellowstone Country before or after their terms to enjoy the wide open spaces, wildlife and Western recreation of the region.

All but two of the country’s presidents since Ulysses S. Grant have come to call on Wyoming during their terms,  during their campaigns, or to vacation in the state during or after their service to the country.

Our 18th president, serving between 1869 and 1877, President Grant passed through Wyoming a few times while he was in the office, and once during his second term in office. It wasn’t until after he left the office that he spent a little time in the state. A very little time. Just enough to transfer trains in the state’s capital of Cheyenne, have Read More


Look Who’s Coming

January 18th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (3)

So one day last summer I was bustin’ a move—part backcountry hiking pace and part Texas Two Step—down Sheridan Avenue when I came upon a dude with a clipboard and smirk.

“What do you call that little dance step, lassie?” he asked.

“First of all, I am no lassie,” I replied. “You may call me Ms. Cody, and if I deem you worthy you may call me Corrie. Second, there is no name for that dance step. It is something that just happens when Dan Miller singing ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ gets stuck in my head. Fighting it is like trying to defy gravity.”

“I apologize for being so forward, Ms. Cody,” he said. “I also saw Dan’s show at his new digs in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West last night, and I must say that I hoofed it back to my hotel with the sounds of ‘Happy Trails’ putting a big smile on my face. It was still in my own head as I drifted off to sleep.”

“In that case, apology accepted and please call me Corrie,” I said. “Now, what’s up with the clipboard?”

Well, it turns out that my new friend was conducting a survey on behalf of Read More


The World-Changing, Pic-a-nicking Bear

January 11th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I was sitting in my favorite nook at Legends Bookstore sipping on a latte and searching for some light reading when I happened upon an article written in 2008 by the former curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum, John Rumm, PhD. for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Points West newsletter.

I know I LOL’d more than once, and my friends in the bookstore wanted to know why. I told them, and we all pulled up the article and learned the story of the country’s most beloved bear. Not Winnie. Yogi. And it is one of those timeless tales that bears (ahem) re-telling.

Human-bear interactions in Yellowstone National Park were common even before automobiles were permitted in the park.

Yogi the Bear was “the wise-cracking, tie-wearing, rule-breaking denizen of Jellystone National Park.” Created by William Hanna and Joe Barbera — the same guys who brought us “Tom and Jerry” – Yogi was introduced to America in 1958, at a time when the country was in “Happy Days” mode experiencing post-WW II prosperity and hitting the road to see the USA in their Chevrolets.

The National Park Service used Yogi to deliver cautionary messages about the dangers of feeding the bears.

Welcoming record Read More


The Spectacle of Buffalo Bill’s Death

January 5th, 2017 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Buffalo Bill Cody died on January 10, 1917, and as we mark the centennial of his death in a few days, I’ve been thinking about the continuing controversy about his true burial place. Although he was always the showman in life, I don’t think he would have liked the spectacle surrounding his death. It wasn’t what he wanted.

He died while visiting relatives in Denver, and I guess you can’t really blame the city and its newspaper, The Denver Post, for claiming a piece of the publicity pie by paying his widow for his body and staging an elaborate funeral on the city streets. Thousands of people paid their respects as Buffalo Bill Cody laid in state in the Colorado Capitol.

After the funeral, Buffalo Bill’s body was taken to a Denver mortuary to await the spring thaws for burial in the ground.

Several of Buffalo Bill’s friends were infuriated that Buffalo Bill was going to be buried in Denver instead of on Cedar Mountain overlooking the town he founded as he had wanted. They staged an elaborate switch, brought his body back to Cody and quietly buried him in an unmarked mountaintop grave.

Although Denver insists that the switch never occurred and Buffalo Read More


Chocolate, Ice and Ernest; Corrie’s New...

December 26th, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Oh, what a year it has been here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. From the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service to the 5th anniversary of the Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center we celebrated many milestones and noteworthy events. It was a year to remember, and I think 2017 will be a heck of a year too.

As I reflect upon the past year and look forward to the new one, I have developed some resolutions that will let me embrace the next 12 months with gusto. Here are a few of them.

Eat more chocolate. I resolve to try each truffle that our own Cowboy Chocolatier – Tim Kellogg – can create for his charming Meeteetse Chocolatier I’ve tried most of them already, but the Wyoming Whiskey and Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Truffles are still on my list. Santa, are you listening?

More trips to the Meeteetse Chocolatier are in my future.

Do more pushups. I let my friends talk me into participating in the 19th-annual Cody Ice Festival in February, so I’m working on my upper body strength. But I don’t want to quit after the festival. Wait until you see those newly sculptured biceps when I’m rafting on Read More


The Heroes in Our Midst

December 20th, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I was saddened to read that one of our country’s great heroes, John Glenn, has died. He was a respected and much-loved astronaut and U.S. Senator. To many people, including myself, he was a true American hero.

The town of Cody was once honored to have him as our Cody Stampede Parade Grand Marshal, a very big deal for a town that takes five days to celebrate July 4. Senator Glenn, thank you for your service.

His death, after a life of service and honor, got me to thinking about some of the other heroes who have lived in our midst.

Senator John Glenn is one of the many American heroes who have honored Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. He once served as Grand Marshal for the Cody Stampede Parade.

I didn’t have to ponder for long, because also this week there was a story about our own Cody Rotarians receiving the Community Hero Award for developing the Mentock Park all-inclusive playground for use by children living with disabilities. This group of civic leaders applied for grants and raised $100,000, and then its members spent three fall weekends removing the old playground and installing the new one. Ashlee Lundvall, Bruce Eldredge and other Rotarians Read More


And Snow, It Begins

December 13th, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When winter’s snow comes to Yellowstone Country, the region’s unique climate characteristics combine to create a landscape that is so stunning, that I don’t believe any photographer can ever really do it justice. You must see it for yourself.

In addition to breathtaking winterscapes, when snow comes to Yellowstone Country it marks the beginning of several months of cold-weather outdoor fun that includes fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and even ice climbing. And when you’re an active outdoor adventurer like me, that means it’s time to get out the gear.

These were my thoughts as I drove through the Wapiti Valley the other day, snowshoes carelessly piled atop mid-weight synthetic layers and wool socks on the back seat of my Subaru. This valley west of town leads to Sleeping Giant Ski Area (opening Dec. 16) and some great cross country skiing trails. It’s also the valley that leads to the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park.

The Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway leads to the Sleeping Giant Ski Area and Pahaska Tepee, a great snowshoeing destination. Photo courtesy Pahaska Tepee.

I was heading to Pahaska Tepee near the park gate for some early-season snowshoeing on trails that meander behind Buffalo Bill Cody’s hunting lodge. The Read More