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Ashlee Lundvall

August 13th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Layna Hendrich, Photographylayn

For such a small town, Cody sure has more than its share of accomplished people. Sure, Buffalo Bill was considered the best-known person in the world at one time, but there have been others who have gone on to achieve great things.

One of my neighbors is former United States Senator Alan Simpson whom I have looked up to my whole life – he’s very tall! Senator Simpson (many people still call him “Al,” but I cannot imagine calling him anything but “Senator” or “Mr. Simpson”) is one of those people you run into on the sidewalk and he is genuinely interested in your life. He is unfailingly polite and encouraging.

Those words describe a lot of people around here. We teach our kids to say “please” and “thank you” and how to use their knives and forks properly. And we always tell them they can do whatever they set out to.

When I heard the news recently that our own Ashlee Lundvall had won a national pageant I stopped in my tracks and let out a silent scream of pride and congratulations.

You see, Ashlee was paralyzed in 1999 when she was Read More


Cody Western Furniture

June 11th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

It’s going to be a big week for me in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country with some serious decision-making going on.

That’s because I am going shopping for furniture, and I am not talking about your basic sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans and recliners.

No, I like to buy my furniture one or two pieces at a time from one of many fine artists in town. You probably didn’t know that our little town has attracted some of the finest builders and designers of Western furniture and accessories.

This is not something that happened overnight, and we can trace Cody’s roots as a center for Western furniture back to the 1930s to our most famous designer and builder – Thomas Molesworth, owner of the Shoshone Furniture Company. Molesworth combined the basic furniture designs that local cowboys used in ranch houses throughout the area with elements such as leather, horsehide, elk antlers, Native American weavings, brass tacks and more.

After building furniture for us locals, Molesworth’s work became known by Easterners, many of whom traveled to Western dude ranches and Yellowstone National Park. He subsequently received commissions to design and build tables, chairs, couches and other furniture for homes across Read More


Corrie N. Cody Salutes the...

November 28th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone National Park and the Cody area are known throughout the world for the wildlife viewing opportunities. Most people do not get to experience animals in their natural environment. It is exhilarating to see a bear meandering through the woods!  Many visitors come to Yellowstone just to see the wildlife. One of my favorite wildlife viewing spots in Yellowstone is the Lamar Valley also known as the Serengeti of the US. Large herds of bison meander the valley while wolves, coyotes, antelope, bears, deer and elk forage nearby.  Stop and sit a spell and you will be surprised at the wildlife you experience.

Yellowstone National Park is home to 67 species of mammals. The most watchable mammals are bison. Bison are located throughout the Park and tend to wonder outside the Park boundaries.  Areas like the Hayden and Lamar Valleys are home to large herds. Solitary males tend to hang out all over the Park. Practically every visitor to the Park will get to a bison and often quite closely from their car!  Other watchable wildlife include elk, deer, pronghorn antelope and coyotes. It is not unusual to see these animals grazing near the Park’s main roads. If you are lucky, Read More


Bucket List

November 2nd, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It seems as though everyone has a “bucket list” these days. You know, the list of everything you want to do and see before you die. It is all about experiences. That’s why bucket list vacations can be so great! Usually you can usually plan a trip that incorporates several items. That’s why Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is so perfect, it is all about seeing and doing!

If visiting Yellowstone National Park is not on your list, it should be!  Visitors come from all over the world to visit the nation’s first national park. Yellowstone is home to the largest concentrations of geysers and geothermal features in the world. Cross Old Faithful off your list.  Wildlife viewing is also a major attraction in the Park. Wolves, grizzly bears, and bison are just a few of the animals you may see.  Cross seeing these animals in the wild off your list.  If hiking in the Rocky Mountains is on your list, you can also check that one off by taking a great hike in Yellowstone. There are terrific hiking trails for all skill levels. You may have other experiences on your bucket list that can be done in Yellowstone. No matter what, Read More


Where to Stay in Cody/Yellowstone Country

October 25th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

A vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country is spectacular! There is so much to see and do that you should plan to stay at least 2 days exploring Yellowstone National Park and at least 2 nights outside the Park in the Cody area.  The options for lodging are varied from motels to ranches to bed and breakfasts. Summer travelers should make reservations well in advance so that you get exactly what you want.

Hotels and Motels:

When it comes to hotels and motels in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is something for every taste and every budget. The unique thing about the Cody/Yellowstone area is you will find a hint of the West at each property.  You can choose from national chains or locally owned properties.  There are some motels that offer cabins in addition to their traditional motel rooms. The historic hotels and inns provide a glimpse into the past with their interesting stories woven into their décor. The high-end and boutique hotels keep the western theme of the area but offer all the modern day amenities that you would expect of a high-end property.  You can choose to be in the heart of downtown or a bit out of the way. Either way, you Read More


Top 11 Things To See In Yellowstone...

October 9th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.  It’s no wonder. This vast wonderland is home to a plethora of wildlife and geothermal features.  Where else in the world can you see a grizzly bear foraging for insects in the morning, a geyser erupting in the afternoon and a wolf howling at sunset? Not to mention the amazing scenery of this corner of the Rocky Mountains. It can be a little overwhelming when planning your trip. So to help with your planning here is Corrie’s Top 11 Things to see when visiting Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful  – The most popular sight-seeing spot in Yellowstone should be on your must-see list. It is the most reliable thermal feature in the world. Old Faithful erupts approximately every 91 minutes for a duration of about 2.5 minutes. It is a spectacular site to see! I suggest viewing the eruption from the boardwalk then take the short hike up to the Old Faithful Overlook and watch it from that vantage point.  After experiencing Old Faithful, I usually plan to spend about 3 hours walking the geyser basin. There are some really interesting thermal features to see. This brings Read More

Geocaching in Buffalo Bill’s...

August 6th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When I was a child, my friends and I loved going on scavenger hunts, especially nature scavenger hunts! It kept us engaged and outdoors. Today, many kids don’t seem too interested in the thrill of the hunt. I recently discovered the outdoor sport of geocaching. The thought of this family-friendly activity took me back to my scavenger hunts days but added the twist of technology. This seems like a great way to get kids out of the house and moving!

 

So what is geocaching?  Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity using a GPS or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “caches.” Caches are usually small containers with a logbook and pen/pencil in them. Sometimes there are items for trading in a cache like a toy or trinket.  There are only a few rules. If you take something from a cache, leave something of equal or greater value.  Write about your find in the logbook and log your experience on www.geocaching.com.  Be sure to share your geocaching stories and photos online. I started exploring the options for geocaching in Cody/Yellowstone Country and I was shocked! I found 1684 geocaches for Cody alone! Powell has 115 caches and Meeteetse has Read More


Camping in Cody/Yellowstone Country

July 30th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

If you really want to experience the great outdoors in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is nothing better than camping! From tents to large motorhomes, you won’t be disappointed in what the area has to offer. Options in the area include developed campgrounds in town with all the amenities to remote Forest Service campgrounds.  Don’t forget this is an economical way to vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Campsites are inexpensive and preparing your own meals instead of eating out every day really cuts expenses.   Camping lets you reconnect with nature and each other. I love sleeping under the stars and the silence of the mountains. Waking up to amazing sunrises is one of my favorite parts of camping. And, it’s fun!

 

Cody

Cody has some wonderful campgrounds that are a perfect home base for all your adventures. Most can accommodate large motorhomes, have full hook ups and are close to in-town attractions. Cody’s peak travel season is May to September and all of the campgrounds are open during those months.  Rates typically run $28-$45, depending upon you camping preference.  There are several campgrounds between Cody and Yellowstone on the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway that provide some amazing scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities.  Many of Read More


Nightlife in Cody/Yellowstone Country

July 18th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

If you’re like me, you love to pack as much as possible into your vacation. Cody/Yellowstone Country is a great place to do that! In fact, I recommend you spend at least two nights in Cody so you don’t miss a thing. Be sure you don’t forget about the evenings when planning your trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country. You might not be aware of the “nightlife” here. Here are my suggestions for planning a night on the town!

 

The Cody Nite Rodeo runs every night all summer long so it is easy to fit into your schedule. Cody is known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” so it is no wonder that many of America’s top cowboys started their rodeo careers in Cody. Some even compete back in Cody from time to time. No matter what night you attend, you can be sure that you will see some great performances.  If you have kiddos, be sure they compete in the nightly “calf scramble.” Children in the audience are asked to enter the arena and chase a calf with a ribbon tied to its tail. Whoever gets the ribbon, wins a prize. It is great fun for the kids and hysterical for Read More


It’s Summer in Cody/Yellowstone Country!

June 18th, 2012 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The first day of summer is quickly approaching and I am ready. Longer days and warm temperatures are welcomed as we say goodbye to the Wyoming cold and wind. This winter seemed to be more windy making me all the more excited for summer. It is invigorating to get outside during the summer months in Cody/Yellowstone Country and explore.  I am always ready for some summertime adventure!

 

Horseback riding is a great way to experience Buffalo Bill’s personal playground. There are stables just outside of town offering rides that overlook town. If you want a little more adventure, mosey down the road towards Yellowstone where there are several guest ranches that offer day rides into the Absaroka Mountains. Be prepared to enjoy Wyoming wildflowers, beautiful mountain vistas and possibly wildlife. If you are really feeling adventurous, stay at one of the ranches and ride every day! There is an old cowboy saying that “everything looks better from the back of a horse.” Experience it for yourself.

 

The Shoshone River begins in Yellowstone and runs right through Cody. Every section of the river offers great fishing. The North Fork of the Shoshone is incredibly scenic with great walk and wade fishing. The North Read More