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Baby, It’s COLD Outside!

January 14th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Wow, I can’t believe how cold it is here!  This morning as I was pulling my little car out of its nice, cozy garage, the temperature was a not-so-balmy minus 10 degrees!  And I am SO not a cold weather girl – give me days of 70 degrees and I am a happy camper. It got me to thinking, though, about the things we do around here in the winter when it is uber-cold outside.  We, of course, have the Buffalo Bill Historical Center – that’s the first place that comes to mind.  Five museums, all indoors, and all chock-full of interactive displays, fabulous artwork, photographic archives, and opportunities to learn year-round.  It’s fabulous! We have an almost-brand-new library here in Cody – it was dedicated about a year and a half ago, and is state of the art.  It’s got a reading area with a fireplace, computers, magazines, a children’s library that almost makes me wish I was a kid again, a teen room, meeting rooms, and the “warmest” atmosphere!  They’ve even got a little café there – they call it the “Biblio Bistro” that serves sandwiches, soups and coffee.  It’s a great place to just chill out in a relaxed, Read More

2011 Brings Changes

January 7th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

So, it’s 2011.  What does that REALLY mean here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country?  After all, this is such a timeless region.  The hills look much the same as they did a hundred or a thousand years ago.  Buffalo still roam (in selected areas, of course), wildlife is everywhere, and if you look in just the right direction, it can feel as though you’re the only person on earth.  It’s one of the things that I love about the area right around Cody – you can go back in time just by willing it. But, then, time never does really stand still, and that is evident in the little changes that happen in town every year.  This year we’ll have a new high-end hotel in town, the Best Western Ivy Inn and Suites.  Bill Garlow, who owns the Best Western Sunset, is the great grandson of Buffalo Bill himself, and in the family tradition of naming hotels after daughters, Garlow is naming this new property after his own daughter, Ivy Garlow.  Isn’t that cool?  So by the end of this summer, we’ll have another really nice hotel in town, to add to the charm and character of the properties that are Read More

2010 – What a Great Year!

December 29th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

As 2010 comes to a close, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what this year has brought to us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Shoshone Dam, now called the Buffalo Bill Dam – that structure completely changed the economy of Powell and Cody and the geography of the North Fork highway!   We had some top-name entertainers come to Cody this year for the Cody Wild West Shows – Billy Dean, the Kentucky Headhunters, Bryan White, The Bellamy Brothers, Suzy Bogguss, Asleep At The Wheel and Riders In The Sky wowed local audiences throughout the year. Sleeping Giant Ski Area was featured on National Geographic Channel’s “The World’s Toughest Fixes” – ever seen a ski lift being built?  Watch that episode! We learned to be careful around wildlife – several grizzlies went haywire this summer… Our local air service board negotiated a great deal with United Airlines AND we have a new terminal at Yellowstone Regional Airport – so flying to Cody is easier and more economical than ever (hint, hint)… The 4th of July Stampede Celebration once again brought thousands out to celebrate the western way of life – and it was televised, too! ESPN broadcast the Read More

Amateur Photographers, Unite!

December 23rd, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

I LOVE to take pictures.  I got my first camera when I was in college – it was a hand-me-down Canon from an old boyfriend who had become a semi-professional photographer.  I learned all about f-stops and ISO speeds and all that gobbledegook (most of which I have forgotten, thanks to the digital age), and took pictures of EVERYTHING, from squirrels to sunsets.

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

Now that I live in this amazing place we call Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, I have opportunities to take pictures all the time!  This area is so full of Kodak moments – wildlife and natural wonders abound.  The pictures on this blog page are just some of the images I’ve captured over the past few years.

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

Because I know I’m not the only amateur photographer who’s proud of their work, I’m really excited about the photo contest that we’ve got running here at www.yellowstonecountry.org!  All folks have to do is upload their favorite pictures of Yellowstone Country, along with a description of their experience, on our Buffalo Bill/Yellowstone Country Facebook Page and they will be instantly entered.  It’s Read More

Sleeping Giant Ski Area – Fun for All!

December 8th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Winter has come to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, and I, for one, couldn’t be more tickled!  It’s a marshmallow world out there – or, at least, until it gets all melty and muddy – and those crazy folks who love the winter sports are having a ball!  I have to say, even though I grew up where the seasons all came neatly when they should (as opposed to Wyoming, where you can have snow in July and 60 degree days in February), I have never been a fan of winter sports.  To be honest, skiing scares the tar out of me.  But everyone around here was so excited when our local ski hill opened up again, I had to go check it out. Sleeping Giant Ski Area, just outside the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is one of the oldest ski hills around.  Folks who grew up here learned to ski on it and have great memories of their families going on skiing outings together.  Unfortunately, the hill closed in 2004 and it took a humongous community effort to raise enough funds to open it again in 2009, better than before!  Last year the weather did NOT cooperate, it was Read More

Corrie N. Cody is on the scene!

November 15th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Corrie, and I made Buffalo Bill’s Yellowstone Country my home about 12 years ago.  My friends and family back in the Midwest couldn’t believe that I actually wanted to pick up everything and head west, but since I moved I keep telling all of them how blessed I am every day to wake up here in Wyoming! Since they have all heard my stories a hundred times, I figured the logical step would be for me to start a blog and tell the rest of the world about what it’s like to live in Cody, Wyoming! One of the things I’m fortunate enough to do is to visit with people from all over the world who come to this area throughout the summer.  One of the comments that I keep hearing, though, is how folks who visit don’t expect all that there is to do here! People who were just planning to stay for a day, or even just pass through on their way to Yellowstone, find that there are so many things to do and see here in Cody that they can’t help but stay more than one day. Case in point – I was visiting Read More

A fiery past, present and future.

April 30th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Believe it or not, fires in Yellowstone National Park are considered a vital part of the park’s ecosystem. While living its life typecast as earth’s ultimate natural enemy, fires ironically do help in developing the park’s flora and sustaining a healthy habitat environment. How is this fact and not fiction? Here are some of Yellowstone Fire Facts: • By removing some of the forest surplus, room becomes available for other plant-life. • Minerals that are otherwise trapped in wood are released in the soil during a fire. • Fires are rarely suppressed, since doing so diminishes plant diversity and minerals remain locked up or released more slowly. • Various plants in Yellowstone, such as lodgepole pine and aspen are adapted to fire. • Burned pine bark provides nutritious food for elk Most of all fires, 80% to be exact, are naturally started. Since many of them are started by the natural cause of lightning, we suggest not testing the “lighting never strikes the same place twice” theory. The dry seasons also affect considerably the amount of fires spread throughout the park. The summer of 1988, labelled the Summer of Fire was the park’s driest season ever recorded. It also brought the largest fire-fighting effort in the United States at the time: • The Read More

The search for bigger and better in...

April 22nd, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Human nature finds us in the constant hunt for new and exciting ways to enjoy life’s little gifts and wonders. Try to stay away from investing in that ultra-sleek-cool-modern flat screen TV or the attention-grabbing mustang convertible. Consider a trip to Yellowstone National Park instead. As the natural epitome of bigger and better, explore nature’s wonders on a grander scale. Big Facts on Yellowstone National Park • Yellowstone National Park is the first national park, and the second largest national park in the United States. • Yellowstone National Park measures 2,221,773 acres. • Yellowstone Volcano is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world. • The highest point in the park is Eagle Peek at 11,358 feet. • With approximately 300 geysers, the park holds the largest concentration of geysers on earth. • Largest protected population of wild mammals in the United States. • Shoshore Lake is the largest backcountry lake in the park. • At 7,733ft above sea level, Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation river in North America. • Old Faithful eruptions can blow steam up to 184ft vertically. • The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is approximately 10,000 years old, 20 miles long, 1,200ft deep and approx. 2,500 ft wide. • The lodgepole pine tree can reach heights up to 75ft. Follow up with information on things to do Read More

A few bad eggs in the Wild West

April 16th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When thinking of the Old West, various scenes start to play; a bar brawl between two cowboys driven by one too many shots of whisky; the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral; Will Smith and Kevin Kline battling a spider-like machine; Clint Eastwood’s rugged features in spaghetti western flicks. Whatever thoughts come to mind, there will always be a looming figure in the background, guns loaded, ready to cause trouble. Yes, indeed, these Western outlaws (or cowboy bandits) truly ran the American frontier… or did they? Billy the Kid Born Henry McCarty and sometimes referred to as William H. Bonney, our famed “gunslinger” was often described as charismatic and well-spoken but with a violent attitude. But with the help of dime novels over exaggerating his exploits, Billy was accredited with nearly 21 killings when in fact, it was only four. As they say in the modern world of print media, don’t believe everything you read! Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Notorious bank and train robbers and ring leaders of the Wild Bunch outlaw gang, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid led a per se successful criminal life, becoming America’s most wanted criminals. After establishing their fame in the Old West, the outlaw duo Read More

Happy housewives with loaded guns

April 10th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Before name-brand products like Tide and floor wax painted the ideal picture of the happy housewife of the early 1900’s, women saddled their horses or loaded their guns and left their mark in Western history. From Belle Starr ‘Queen of the Bandits’ to renegades and loyal lovers, these lovely ladies of the West embraced the wild side whole heartedly. Stay at home, feed the kids and tend to household chores? I think not! BELLE STARR To Western history, Belle Starr is synonymous with women outlaws. She always carried two guns, was certainly rough around the edges and definitely had her share of bad company. However horse theft and harbouring other fellow outlaws hardly seems to fit the job description as Queen of the Bandits. To each their own! THE #1 WOMEN IN THE WEST Notoriety comes with a price and these ladies show us that coming first isn’t always something to brag about. Leading a life of poverty, Pearl Hart robbed a stagecoach, becoming the first woman to do so. She also got caught, which meant she became the first female prisoner. Desperate situations call for desperate measures. Cattle Kate was the first woman to be hung in the state of Wyoming. Unfortunately the only crime Read More