The Labor Day weekend in Cody, Wyoming marks the end of our beloved nightly Cody Nite Rodeo and a few other attractions, but it also is the beginning of a super special time of the year: the fall travel season. And by this time of the year, Cody residents look forward to the season with excitement.
As a patriotic American citizen, I believe it is my solemn duty to spend the entire weekend playing and avoiding work of any kind. Some of my neighbors who have what I believe is a marginally unhealthy devotion to weed-whackers and pruning shears may not agree with me. But even if my garden needs dead-heading, my tomatoes need canning and my refrigerator needs fumigating, I’m taking the weekend off to play.
In celebration of the new season, I typically plan my three-day Labor Day weekend around some of Cody’s authentic Western experiences. But I try not to over-plan. That would be too much work.
On Saturday morning, I’m going fishing. Early. So early, in fact, that my favorite breakfast place in town won’t be open yet. But that’s the best time to enjoy the quiet and clean fresh air of our authentic mountain region. Last Labor Day it seemed like the blue-ribbon trout in my favorite fishing stream were competing for the privilege of being reeled in by Corrie. I’ll take my pictures and gently release the fish back into the water. I’m excited about fishing in the fall. A lot of the water around here was recently running too fast for decent fishing, and now that it is slower and a little lower, the fishing should be great. After a couple of hours of fishing, I’ll head back to town for a big pancake breakfast. No cooking at home. That would be too much work.
In the afternoon, I’m going to take a nice, leisurely bike ride. A flat one like the lovely Canal Park Route. No mountain pedaling for me this Labor Day. That would be too much work.
After that I thought I’d find a quiet place in the park and spend a couple of hours with the latest C.J. Box book. C.J. Box is my favorite Wyoming writer, and he created my favorite literary protagonist, the driven and dreamy Joe Pickett, who has once again found himself in a spot of trouble. It is incredible to me how one Wyoming game and fish warden can keep finding himself in such dire situations time and again, but he certainly does. It will be a fun and thoroughly entertaining afternoon of reading.
Then instead of cooking dinner at home – which would definitely be too much work – I’m meeting friends for dinner in one of our Sheridan Avenue hot spots.
On Sunday, I’m heading to Sleeping Giant Ski Area near the Yellowstone entrance for an adventurous day of zip lines and hiking around the marshy flat areas of the region. Maybe I’ll see one of the moose that tend to hang out in the area. Some of my friends invited me to head into the park really early and hike the Washburn trail, but I declined because I see no reason to huff, puff and sweat on Labor Day. That would definitely be too much work.
One thing that is absolutely not work is my plan to take in Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue at his new venue in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. I will choose the dinner and show option – my work-free endeavors of the weekend include staying out of the kitchen – and I’ll enjoy once again the hour-long entertainment of Dan and his Empty Saddles Band. Dan is every bit as dreamy as Joe Pickett, girls, and he’s real! I was thinking of inviting a date, but that would probably be way too much work.
Monday is as open as my C.J. Box book. I may take a long walk or spend the entire day learning how it all turns out for Joe (hint: based on past experience with Joe and his adventures it’s going to be fine), and I might head down to one of local craft breweries for some fun with friends. Now that is definitely not too much work.
Until next time, I’m wishing you a labor-free Labor Day weekend and lovin’ life here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.