Some like it hot, but I’m not one of them. And lately it’s been a little on the hot side around here, with daytime temperatures in the high 80s. I’m not complaining, because Corrie doesn’t complain. Just saying, well, baby, it’s hot outside.
In Yellowstone Country, however, even on the hottest of days there are plenty of things to do – outside and inside – to be cool and stay cool. Here are five ideas:
Go for a trail ride. Most of our dude and guest ranches offer trail rides – short ones, long ones, overnight ones, multi-day ones. And many of the rides meander through forests of lodgepole pines, Englemann Spruces and Subalpine Firs, which offer shade from the sun. And the stunning beauty of Yellowstone Country is guaranteed to take your mind off the heat.
Paddle away an afternoon. Between Clark’s Fork River and the North Fork of the Shoshone River, there are plenty of paddling options, including whitewater rafting, family-friendly floating, duckie kayaking and core-busting stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).
Crank up the AC and go for a road trip. Yellowstone Country is home to numerous scenic routes, all with historic sites and stunning landscapes. I like to pack a picnic – my cold fried chicken is known throughout Park County – and spend an afternoon with a book under the shade of a tree.
Ice cream – There’s nothing like a rich, drippy ice cream cone in the middle of a hot afternoon, and our local ice cream shop on Sheridan Avenue sometimes has a line out the door with locals and visitors alike ready to freeze their brains.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West – It’s always air-conditioned, and with special exhibits and new pieces added to the five museums under one roof, there’s always something new to see.
Bottom’s up – And at the end of the day, I like to stop for a beverage at our only-in-Cody Bottom’s Up Lounge in the Holiday Inn. And while I’m sipping, I also enjoy one of Cody’s quirkier art pieces – a 1940s mural of cowgirls gathered around a fence. Yes, there’s a good story about the mural, but it is best told late in the day in the company of cold beverages and cool friends.
It won’t be long before the temperature drops, the aspens turn yellow and the wildlife start prepping for another winter in Yellowstone Country. So my advice is to enjoy these hot summer days while you can.
Until next time, I’m staying cool and playing hard here in Yellowstone Country.