Although I now live in the small town of Cody, Wyo., I have taken a bite out of the Big Apple and seen all the stars as I walked down Hollywood Boulevard. I love the conveniences, walkability and mix of cultures of the big city. Not to mention the various types of food and even the art house movies.
But after spending some time in several big cities, I decided I would return to my hometown. I missed chatting up the clerk at the grocery store as we compared notes from our childhood. I missed the scent when the breeze blew through the national forest on a hike and the hiss of steam escaping thermal features. I missed many things.
Once I moved back, however, I missed friends I had made. In particular, I became very close very quickly to a group I met in Chicago.
You can imagine my excitement last year when United Airlines introduced a summer route and began flying non-stop between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Yellowstone Regional Airport here in Cody. That’s ORD and COD to those of you like to use airport codes like me.
While flyers have been able to make connections through Denver (DEN) and Salt Lake City (SLC) for as long as I can remember, these non-stops were just enough to get some of my old friends to come for a visit.
And those old friends reported back to that tight-knit group which resulted in more visits.
As a result, I like to take full credit for the recent announcement that United will expand its capacity with a larger jet starting a week earlier this year.
From June 20 through August 16 United will fly a 70-passenger jet – including six first-class seats – departing O’Hare on Saturdays at 7:10 p.m. and arriving at Cody at 9:10 p.m. Service back to Chicago will take place Sundays at 8:40 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 12:23 p.m.
That gives our good friends from Chicago a full week to enjoy the sights, activities and attractions of Cody. Things like the rodeo, cowboy music, Western art and furniture, fly fishing and taking their favorite blogger out for a nice steak or prime rib dinner.
Those who cannot spare the full week can still fly back home by catching a connecting flight through Denver or Salt Lake. You cannot see and do everything in seven days (I’ve lived here for years and am still finding new activities and places), but that just gives you something to look forward to for next time.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life in COD.