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Our Kind of Competition

July 27th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Here in Cody – for that matter, here in Wyoming – we have a healthy respect for guns, gun safety and firearms in general.

Hunting has been a way of life for most people here, and for many of our ancestors it was essential for survival. When I grew up all of my friends and I received “the talk” from our parents about what to do if we came across a gun (don’t touch it, tell an adult immediately) and were instructed on proper handling and shooting once we were old enough.

Guns aren’t toys. We don’t own guns to be cool, and people who just leave them lying around in the open or otherwise mishandle them are told to straighten up.

We take gun safety seriously and are completely flabbergasted when see the way some people treat firearms. Who in their right mind would actually shove a loaded pistol down the front their pants? What could possibly go wrong?

All of my lessons returned to me this week as I began to prepare earnestly for the 22nd Annual Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout which will be held Aug. 6-8, 2015 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum and at the Read More


Musings on the 2015 Cody Stampede

July 10th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The 2015 Cody Stampede is in the history books, and before I focus on the second half of the summer (don’t even think about arguing with me that summer just started June 21) I want to share a few observations.

It always seems there are cowboys competing who are named Cody. Don’t believe me? Look it up. I saw five just in the final standings. You won’t find too many Clevelands or Bostons.

The action never stops at the four Cody Stampede Rodeo performances.

Some other great Western first names were Cimarron, Shane and Levi. There was even a guy named Jesse James. My favorite, however, was Clayton Moore who won the steer wrestling competition. And he did it without any help from a trusted sidekick named Tonto.

When the second Cody Stampede board member walked past me wearing a pink shirt, I wondered what was happening. Turns out on July 2, they along with the Cowboy Up Drill Team and several spectators were “Tough Enough To Wear Pink” making a statement in support of breast cancer research. Well played, all of you. I tip my 10-gallon hat in your direction.

Opening Ceremonies of the Cody Stampede Rodeo.

The Stampede paid out almost $350,000 Read More


Two Great Days in One

June 18th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

This Sunday marks the convergence of two of my favorite days – the Summer Solstice and Father’s Day.

On the solstice I like to conduct my annual “as-long-as-it’s-daylight-I-am-doing-something” day. It’s sort of a weeklong Cody vacation compressed into 16½ hours. That means I am outside and active. I know a few people who could spend the whole day in a saddle, on the river or hiking a trail. I plan on doing all of those things and more.

The Cody area provides many opportunities to take a scenic hike.

This year will be special, however, as I have convinced my father (he doesn’t like it when I refer to him as “my old man”) to join me. That means we have to eat our breakfast and be out of the house by the time the sun rises officially at 5:31 a.m. That won’t be a problem for an old rancher like my father who has been getting up early pretty much all of his life. The hard part will be keeping him awake until the sun sets at 9:04 p.m.

I thought we would start with a hike to help get the blood pumping and to take advantage of our cool Cody mornings. Read More


This is why Cody is the Rodeo Capital of...

June 12th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When the arm jerker broke from the chute the crowd was seeing daylight.

That’s when I knew that things were back to normal here in the “Rodeo Capital of the World.”

You see, we don’t just throw a rodeo during our county fair. We do it every night June 1 – Aug. 31 with our Cody Nite Rodeo. Actually, that’s not completely true. On Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event will take place, and from July 1-4 the biggest names in rodeo come to town for the Cody Stampede.

The Cody Nite Rodeo is thrilling for spectators.

First, let’s talk about the Nite Rodeo which has been happening since 1938. Every night our rodeo grounds open the gates at 7 p.m., and the action begins at 8 p.m. Performances are typically around two hours long with events such as bronc riding, bull riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. I always get a kick out of the kids in the audience who are invited to participate in the calf scramble.

The audience is also entertained by the rodeo clowns whose outfits and humor sometimes mask the serious and highly Read More


Happy Memorial Day

June 1st, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Monday, May 25, was a day of many emotions for me.

Like most people in Cody, Wyoming and around the country, I view Memorial Day weekend as the start of summer. Yes, I know there is close to a month to go until the solstice, but by then we will be in full summer mode complete with barbecues, rodeos, swimming, hiking, casting a fly and all of the other things we dream about in January.

This past holiday weekend saw me making a couple of slow loops through Cody on foot to look for old friends I had not seen for a while, to check out the latest summer fashions at my favorite shops and to make note of the improvements to our storefronts. Many business owners set the weekend as their deadline for new coats of paint, flowers, lights and any other projects they have in mind. In a great year I get lucky and Dan Miller has a new poster displayed at the theater of him and his Empty Saddles Band.

Cody’s Memorial Day Ceremony drew a large crowd.

I then took some time to soak up the sun on a patio and enjoy lunch in the open air. The linksters Read More


Why I Can’t Wait to Spring Into Yellowstone!

May 12th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Hello. My name is Corrie N. Cody, and I’m addicted to birdwatching. Don’t laugh. Well, go ahead and laugh, but please try to understand that those of us who stop in the middle of whatever we are doing outside to watch the flutter of activity in trees really can’t help ourselves. I may forget my smart phone when I leave the house, but I rarely forget my dog-eared Yellowstone Wildlife Field Guide.

And the prospect of hanging out with other birdwatching addicts is one reason I wouldn’t think of missing this year’s Spring into Yellowstone: Cody Birding and Wildlife Festival. This is a prime opportunity to connect with others like me who are passionate about the wild things that roam our land and fly through our skies.

Spring storms rarely deter our feathery friends.

This year’s festival is May 13 through 17, and I’ll be going on field trips and attending seminars led by some of the biggest names in birding and nature photography as well as some of the top biologists in the region. I even purchased brand new binoculars to help me see the region’s wildlife more clearly.

Spring brings many mamas and babies out to meadows and open areas.

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Cody Holidays Like No Others

May 4th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Like many of my townsfolk here in Cody, I took Friday off. At least in spirit, I did.

No, it’s not an early Cinco de Mayo, and I am not like my accountant who celebrates the end of tax season by turning out the lights, locking the doors and sneaking off for her version of Spring Break (or as I call it, “CPAs Gone Wild”).

It takes weeks for plows to clear snow and ice from the Cody/Yellowstone East Entrance Road.

I read the other day that the director of our chamber of commerce thinks May 1 should be a town holiday because the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park opened that day. Even though said gate is 52 spectacular miles up the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway, we see a marked change in the traffic patterns as out-of-town visitors return for the season.

Let’s face it. We in Cody love our tourists, in fact many refer to them as “guests”. Several of our businesses are built upon visitors who have discovered over the years just how much there is to do on a Wyoming Vacation. The mixture of new, returning and multi-generational visitors has created an atmosphere that makes a visit to Cody Read More


Getting Ready to Spring into Yellowstone

April 2nd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

In honor of springtime, I did what lots of people who live in Yellowstone Country do. I bought myself some new bling for around my neck. And we’re not talking about another turquoise necklace. No, I went whole hog and invested in this darling camo-colored pair of 8 x 32s with ultra-clear fluoride HD objective lenses, multi-coatings for exceptional resolution, magnesium construction that is durable but lightweight, nitrogen purged, fully sealed and abrasion resistant. Oh yeah. These babies are the bomb.

And every one of my friends – women and men – will be coveting my new binoculars when I break them in at this year’s Spring into Yellowstone Festival May 13 -17.

Happy Explorers on the Spring Into Yellowstone tour.

This is the third year of the Spring into Yellowstone Birding and Wildlife Festival. I took a peek at the festival website, to see what’s in store this year, and it looks to me like the line-up is bigger and better than ever. The festival kicks off at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on the night of the 13th. And the next two days are jam-packed full of guided hikes, seminars, tours and workshops led by some of the Read More


Gone Fishin’

March 2nd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I know what you’re thinking.

You’re incredibly disappointed because you missed the Meeteetse ice fishing derby last weekend because it was too close to Valentine’s Day, and your boyfriend (girlfriend/wife/husband) had big multi-day plans involving a treasure hunt.

Meeteetse’s Ice Fishing Derby 2014.

Even if you are a huge fan of both Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men and you really do believe that Ann Margaret and Sophia Loren would both turn up in northern Minnesota in the middle of winter, there was no way you were going throw a monkey wrench in your partner’s romantic plans.

Well, I have some good news for you. Because the weather has been too nice and sunny, the organizers had to cancel the seventh annual Presidents Day Ice Fishing Derby.

Many of us were eagerly awaiting the event, but it was called off because of warm temperatures that made it a bad idea to try and ice fish.

Source.

Fortunately, my friend Tess from the Meeteetse Visitor Center called me the other day with some great news. The community plans to instead hold an open water fishing derby May 2-3 on the Upper Sunshine and Lower Sunshine reservoirs. The derby will feature teams of up to three Read More


Spreading the Word of Cooperation

February 23rd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Just returned from the Wyoming Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and I am ready to spread the word.

Over the years I have become good friends with my counterparts from various towns all over the state. The conference provides an opportunity for us to compare notes about things like festivals, rodeos, museums and who has the best-looking cowboy musicians. (I’ll let you in on a secret: Cody does.)

We brainstorm and share ideas, and we always  want to see each other succeed. Sure, there are times when people forget just where the last great idea came from, but we all understand that even though we are thousands of feet above sea level, the rising tide raises all of our boats.

It’s easy to get “Buffalo Bill’d” during your Cody visit.

This attitude of cooperation is one reason Wyoming is such a great place to visit. As the least populous state in the union, Wyoming is blessed with some of the world’s truly spectacular natural features. At the same time, we don’t have an exorbitant number of people concentrated in our tourist attractions and generating huge businesses.

Nevada has Las Vegas which has as many people on a given day as Yellowstone sees all summer. Personally, Read More