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Life Lessons, Motorcycles and Smooth Roads...

August 1st, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

A few years ago I participated in a walk to raise funds for cancer research. Like just about everyone I know, I have friends and relatives in Cody, Wyoming and elsewhere who have battled this disease, and many have benefited from the medical advances made possible by well-known organizations who sponsor and run these events.

I was surprised to find that keeping the route safe for us walkers for three days was a local motorcycle club. We could spot these men and women immediately as they arrived with pink decorations and teddy bears adorning their bikes. I thanked as many of them as possible, and I still see many around town.

But having friends who ride bikes is not new. You see, as an old movie buff I have always had a soft spot in my heart for motorcycles.

I was a rebellious 15-year-old when I saw The Wild One and learned some valuable life lessons. When Marlon Brando emerged from the fog I immediately started talking about how cool it would be to have a bike like his. I don’t know if I really wanted one or if I was just trying to give my mother a hard time.

It certainly worked. My Read More


The Most Beautiful Drive in Cody, Wyoming

July 25th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (3)

It seems like all of us have that one person in our lives who gets what we have to say better than anyone else.

In my case, I met Susan in middle school when we were standing in the cafeteria line and she asked the lunch lady for a plate of worms with red gravy. I immediately knew that she wanted the spaghetti with marinara sauce and laughed while the rest of the kids looked at her like she had some strange Martian disease.

I ordered what she was having and made a point of sitting with her at lunch for roughly the next six years. We quickly became inseparable, shared our thoughts and gave each other nicknames. She called me “Coriander” and I called her “Sooz.” (Not “Suze,” because it just didn’t have the same ring to it. Again, we got those looks.)

Recently I thought of Sooz when I was telling a family from Tennessee that no classic Cody vacation is complete without driving one of the two roads to Yellowstone. When I am in the park I refer to them as the two roads to Cody, by the way.

Interesting geology begins at the Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir.

“Head west Read More


Halfway Through Summer in Cody, Wyoming

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

While the official halfway point of the summer is in early August since summer officially starts June 21 and officially ends September 21, I know better. Summer starts Memorial Day weekend and ends Labor Day weekend.

That makes midsummer right about…now, and I would like to report that the first half of this summer in Cody, Wyoming has been terrific with the forecast for continued fun and classic western experiences.

Kids gather round the rodeo clown after chasing two calves in the rodeo arena.

Here are some of the highlights for me so far.

1) My nephew won the prize for catching the calf at the Cody Nite Rodeo. Every year he has given it his best effort, and this was finally the year it paid off. If you have never seen 100 kids trying to get the bandana tied to a calf’s tail in the rodeo arena you are missing out.

2) The runoff has been high and the rafting fast. I ran a section of the North Fork of the Shoshone River in near-record time and was happy that I scheduled the longer run farther down river. It was a hot day, and the water never felt better.

3) I attended the National Read More


10 Places to Visit on Your Cody, Wyoming...

July 17th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It’s Not Too Late to Take that Cody Vacation!

I was watching one of the Lord of the Rings movies one winter night when the character Gandalf explained to one of the hobbits that he was never late and never early but he always showed up according to his schedule.

Maybe you are a little like that. You haven’t made your summer vacation plans yet because the time wasn’t right. Well, if that’s your story – and you’re sticking to it – I have a few suggestions to help you get away. Get away with your story and get away for a vacation, that is.

We have plenty of options for accommodations in and around Cody and Yellowstone. Dude ranches, more commonly called guest ranches these days, have been a staple of the Western vacation experience for more than a century, and Cody has played an integral part of the evolution of these All-American vacation getaways. The roots of this vacation style can be traced to areas in Wyoming where the term “dude” originated and where many ranches operate today.

Enjoy a Western vacation at one of our local guest ranches

For guests who prefer in-town accommodations within walking distance of attractions like the Read More


Surprising Cody, Wyoming

June 27th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Those people who might think there is nothing surprising about Cody, Wyoming didn’t see the T-Rex rolling down Sheridan Avenue last week.

Try your luck on our water

Like many Wyoming towns, Cody, Wyoming is full of surprises. Last week we saw a 28-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex travel through town on the way to its new home at the Casper College Tate Geological Museum. You couldn’t exactly miss the bronze sculpture as it was traveling by truck to Cody. An oddity, certainly, but if you’ve lived in Cody as long as I have nothing really surprises you.

Pioneer home ordered from Sears catalog

Visitors to Cody, Wyoming will find we have a few other surprises up our sleeves. Here are a few examples. You’ll hear about many of these surprising fun facts about Cody if you take the Cody Trolley Tour of the town, a popular tour for vacationers and locals alike.

Cody, Wyoming is home to three pioneer homes that were ordered from a Sears Catalog in 1908.

One of Cody’s banks was robbed by members of the famous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang in 1904, and you can see their hideaway cabin at Old Trail Town, a collection of cabins and other Read More


How to Make the Longest Day of the Year Fly By

by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The summer solstice was last week, and I truly do get excited about it. In fact, I like to make a game out of cramming in as much as possible on June 21 each year. I call it my Cody in a day marathon.

Perhaps it’s because of the memories from my childhood when we used to stay outside playing as long as the light held out. At that point all of the kids were still excited about school being done for the year, and most of us were not even thinking about summer vacations or extended visits to our grandparents’ houses. Now that I think about it, it was my parents who were the most eager to send us to bond with Grandma and Grandpa.

I have always been one of those people who cannot go to sleep while it’s still light out, and I am quick to wake up on summer mornings. It’s a good thing I live in such a terrific vacation destination like Cody.

Because the solstice fell on a Saturday this year, I can go all out knowing that I have all day Sunday to recuperate.

Here was my plan:

I will start out “Cody Palooza” by fishing on the Read More


“Life was so Whimsical?” — Vacation in...

May 15th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I get a song running through my head that stays there most of the day. I had a friend who was very adept at planting tunes with me and then walking away while I had to deal with Barry Manilow or the theme from Gilligan’s Island the rest of the day. No offense to you Barry Manilow fans, but he is no Marty Robbins.

Do you remember the Supertramp tune “Logical Song?” The lyrics rhyme wonderful, magical, miracle, responsible, practical and more. Maybe it’s even running around in your head right now.

I heard that song last week, and I am convinced my subconscious processed it and was waiting for an opportunity. You see, when I was speaking yesterday to a friend about coming west for one of our signature Cody vacations, for some reason the word “whimsical” came out of my mouth multiple times.

Sure, we have our wide open spaces and perfect country for hiking, biking, fishing, watching wildlife and a whole lot more, but do we really think of our whimsical side?

Here are a few things to do on vacation in Cody that certainly fit the bill. And Read More


Do what Peter Greenberg says and plan your...

April 25th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Last Saturday I was up early, got myself nice and caffeinated, found my grandmother’s recipe for extra-strength borax cleaner, mixed up a batch, donned my industrial rubber gloves, zeroed in on the dust bunnies accumulating under the kitchen table, turned the TV to CBS This Morning Saturday, turned back to the dust bunnies and stopped in my tracks. Because right then, I heard CBS travel expert Peter Greenberg recommend a vacation in Cody as a place to spend your tax return.

The dust bunnies could wait. Peter knows a little something about Cody. He was here a few months ago to do a Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio program, and he talked with several of our local experts on the history and offerings in our town. He called Cody “a place where the wild West still lives,” and he talked about many of our unique attractions like the Cody Nite Rodeo and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The Scout statue: Buffalo Bill astride his horse – outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Now, Peter has been all over the world, and his credentials as a travel reporter are as long and impressive as the list of Read More


Honoring Those From World War I, State of...

April 18th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some people called it the “War to End All Wars.” In this country we call it “World War I.” In much of Europe – where the fighting actually occurred – they called it the “Great War.”

A few years ago while traveling in France I went to the Musée de l’Armée (the Army Museum) in Paris. While most people go to the Louvre or Notre Dame, I was eager to see this museum because two of my great grandfathers fought in World War I not far from each other. Something drew me to learn more about these great men and my own heritage.

It is always fascinating to get a different historical perspective on a major event such as this war. We in the United States tend to view World War II as a defining time in our country’s history because of the collective efforts and sacrifices we made in this country and the fact that we were attacked.

In Europe, and especially France and Belgium, the Great War had a much more profound effect. With fighting taking place on French soil for years, rebuilding afterwards took such a long time that the country was not well-prepared for the next war.

Our more recent Read More


Classic Cody/Yellowstone Country Vacation...

April 12th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (2)

Just Don’t Call ME a Classic

I love classic vacations.

For my whole life I have watched families come for a classic Cody vacation, arriving in their overstuffed vehicles with mom and dad in the front and the kids jockeying for position in the back.

Early on these family vacations were taken in station wagons (think the Griswold Family Truckster) followed by minivans. Today’s version tends to be a sport utility vehicle, but the concept is still the same.

When these vehicles first arrive, the doors open and the family members all depart from different angles, stretch and look around, ready for their first taste of Western fun. I can tell they are ready to spend some time anywhere other than in the car.

The good news is that they have come to the right place with plenty of activities within walking distance and a well-planned street system that makes it very difficult to get lost.

There really isn’t any bad news.

Often one or both of the parents will look around before turning to each other and say “Yep, this is how I remember Cody when I came here with my parents when I was a kid. I sat on the porch of the Read More