Well, here we are in late July, and there’s a heat wave that has hit many parts of the country. Cody too. It’s been in the 80s and 90s for several weeks now, and a few of my friends have gotten a little cranky.
Not me, though. Summer is a terrific time to play in Yellowstone Country, and I’m not going to waste my summer months dwelling on Mother Nature’s heat. When it gets hot, I simply implement “Corrie’s Cool-Down Strategy.”
Here’s my strategy in a nutshell:
- This may seem obvious, but save most outdoor play for early mornings and evenings. That’s an easy thing to do when you live in a recreational mecca like Yellowstone Country. My favorite early-morning activity is fishing for blue-ribbon trout in one of the region’s well-stocked rivers or streams. The temperature along the water tends to be slightly lower than in town, and just walking along a secluded, wooded trail to a favorite fishing hole is enough to start my day with a smile and spring in my step.
- Stay active. In northwestern Wyoming — with its enthralling and ever-changing landscape of rocks and rivers, forests and valleys, mountains and marshes – the worst thing you can do on a hot but beautiful summer day is to stay inside and at home. Like many people, I’m addicted to the step-counter on my wrist, and on a relatively low-activity day I can get in more than 10,000 steps simply walking around town. Even on a hot day, a walk around town can make you cheerful.
- As you know, I work hard. And I like to reward myself for that hard work by splurging on something special. Sometimes it’s just an ice cream cone from my favorite Sheridan Avenue candy shop; other times it’s a trinket from one of my favorite in-town boutiques. In my world, a little bling and an ice cream cone can go a long way towards making a day happy. (In fact, if everyone indulged in a daily ice cream cone, perhaps we even achieve world peace. But I’ll talk about “Corrie’s World Peace Strategy” another time.)
- Stay hydrated. Water’s great, and I drink a lot of it. But on a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot quite like an icy cold beer, and in Cody, we have a multitude of choices, from craft breweries to cowboy bars.
- Visit cool places. Cody is home to numerous indoor attractions – all generously air-conditioned – that will enlighten and enrich you while keeping you comfortably frosty. From the Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center to the perpetually cool Pahaska Tepee – Buffalo Bill’s hunting lodge situated in a region just outside Yellowstone National Park – there are abundant choices for exploring indoor attractions during the heat of the day. And for visitors who are still hot in the evening, there’s Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue in a new Buffalo Bill Center of the West Of course, some ladies in town who shall not be identified require more than air-conditioning to cool down during one of these shows.
So there it is. A simple five-step strategy that will keep you cool, comfortable and enjoying every last minute in Cody.
Until next time, I’m lovin’ life – and chillin’ out – here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.