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Let The Plowing Begin

April 4th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It was a beautiful day…..the sun was shining, the wind wasn’t blowing and the sound of snowplows could be heard for miles!  I was able to see the start of the plowing of the east gate to Yellowstone.

On the drive up the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, I saw some bison lazily feeding and basking in the warm sunshine, as well as a female moose that I was able to get a couple of pictures of before she ran across the road and out of sight. I think the animals are just as ready for spring as I am!

When I arrived at Pahaska Tepee, I loaded into a Park service van with several others who were there to watch as well and was taken to the east gate.  I don’t really know a lot about plowing snow, especially on such a large scale, but it was fascinating to watch!

First to pass was a bulldozer pushing the snow off the side and to the middle of the road.  Next came a giant plow whose blades pulled the snow in and blew it an enormous spray down the side of the embankment of the North Fork of the Shoshone River. The WYDOT Read More

The Little Town That Could

March 26th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some question whether the budget discussion in Washington D.C. could ever affect us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Well, it can.

One result of the sequestration was the call for national parks to cut their operating budgets this year. Since Park County is named after the world’s first national park and the East Gate is about 50 miles from downtown Cody, we have been watching developments very closely.

Every winter, Yellowstone closes most of its roads to wheeled vehicles and lets the snow pile up. Visitors get around the park in snowcoaches or snowmobiles. In March after the two winter hotels close, the Park Service begins plowing the roads in preparation of the summer season. That means the road from the East Gate up and over Sylvan Pass into the interior of the park has many miles of deep snow that needs to be cleared.

This year, in order to save money, the Park Service decided to delay plowing for a couple of weeks and let the sun do some of the work so that fewer man hours are spent on this job.

Unfortunately for us, even the smallest delay has the potential for visitors to reroute their trips around our little slice Read More

Spring Into Yellowstone

March 20th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Sometimes, even in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, we get bored and look to the television for entertainment. A little while back I was flipping through the channels when I came across the movie “The Big Year.” I had heard about this flick when it was first in the theaters, but I never got around to seeing until it was on the small screen.

I am so glad I stopped to watch it. Yes, there was some spectacular scenery and with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black in it, plenty of humor. What I truly enjoyed though, was the way the birding affected the characters’ lives. In one case, the competition to see as many species as possible in one calendar year – where the term “Big Year” came in – became an obsession. Another character became closer to his father in the process, and the third learned to balance business with pleasure.

I’m curious to see how our own first birding festival will play out May 15-19 when we host “Spring into Yellowstone: Cody Birding and Wildlife Festival.” This event will feature special guided trips, interactive forums and speakers, a trade show and the opportunity to showcase the Cody area’s birds Read More

Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale

March 12th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

One thing about us here in Cody: When something works well we don’t tinker with it too much.

Take our Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale. On Saturday, May 11, we will close down 12th Street at the Irma Hotel for the 15th straight year, truck in a whole bunch of dirt and set up a corral. Buyers, sellers and those interested in horses – that’s most people around here – will gather as close to 100 horses are bought and sold.

On a typically sunny day in May, there is no place I would rather be than on the hotel porch with my iced tea in hand and a cowboy hat on my head. This is truly a major social event for those of who aren’t even in the market for a quarter horse.

Things actually get going on Friday. In the hotel lounge people will have the opportunity to preview the horses for sale on a video. As buyers and sellers come and go its fun to watch their body language. It’s a bit like playing poker as most people try to keep their emotions in check and not let anyone see their “tell.” I make a game of it Read More

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 4th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

March is here and I’m ready to become Irish for a day.  I’m ready to pull out my green t-shirt and green shamrock necklace.  I think I will play a trick on my friend and slip some green food coloring into her gallon of milk…..she will think leprechauns came!

This year I am planning on taking the Cody Trolley over to Powell for a traditional Irish buffet of corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mash.  After that I am seeing Lunasa, an Irish acoustic group perform.

Lunasa consists of some of the greatest musical talents in Ireland.  They are internationally acknowledged as being the finest Irish instrumental band of recent times and they are coming here! I made my reservations through the Park County Arts Council. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day……other than finding gold at the end of a rainbow!

Until next time, I’m putting on my green and wishing for the luck of the Irish here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.


Corrie N. Cody

Where Is Buffalo Bill Cody Really Buried?

February 26th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (4)

I’ll admit it; I’m a bit of a sucker for conspiracy theories. And I think we have a terrific one right here in Cody involving our very own town founder, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

As the folks down in Denver know, there is a huge museum visitor area near Buffalo Bill’s alleged gravesite on Lookout Mountain. I say “alleged” because there are some people who believe that the only person buried under 20 tons of concrete at the Denver site is a one-time Cody ranch-hand who looked a little like Buffalo Bill and whose name has been lost to history. Many people right here in Cody believe that the real Bill is actually buried on Cedar Mountain overlooking the town of Cody.

While visiting relatives in Denver in the spring of 1917, Buffalo Bill became ill and died. Soon after, his wife Louisa arrived to claim his body and settle his affairs. While in Denver, Louisa was approached by representatives from the Denver Post newspaper and the city of Denver who offered her $10,000 each to bury Cody in the area where they felt his grave would be a tourist attraction.

Although Bill Cody was at one time regarded as the best-known Read More

Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Ball

February 21st, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

We’re having a party here in Cody, and everyone’s invited.

This Saturday, Feb. 23, I’m heading to the Buffalo Bill Birthday Ball to celebrate in style the birth of the town’s founder, William Frederick Cody. Buffalo Bill was born in 1846 in Leavenworth, Kansas, so he’d be 167 years old on Feb. 26.

Although he lived until he was 71, Buffalo Bill Cody accomplished more in those seven decades than most humans could ever dream. He was a trapper, bullwhacker, Pony Express Rider, Colorado “Fifty-Niner,” wagon master, stagecoach driver, Civil War soldier, hotel manager and scout for the U.S. army. And he was just hitting his stride.  He also became a husband, father, town founder…and at one time, he was the most famous man on Earth.

The lanky, good-looking outdoorsman was at heart a showman. In 1872, he launched the career for which he would become famous – playing himself in a show that evolved into “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” and eventually made him one of the most famous people in the world. He even caught the attention of royalty. In 1887, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was the main attraction at Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebration, and the show continued to tour Read More

The Climbers Are Coming!

February 14th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Well, if it’s President’s Day weekend, that must mean one thing.

Don Foote is jumping out of his skin.

You see, Don is the founder and promoter of the Cody Ice Festival, and the whole weekend to him is better than Christmas, Halloween and Spring Break rolled into one.

Don and 40 of his closest friends got together 15 years ago to spend a weekend climbing frozen waterfalls in the area. Since then the festival has grown to approximately 300 of Don’s closest friends with things happening throughout the weekend.

I keep saying these are Don’s closest friends for a reason. Once you meet Don it is hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm and his affable nature. The Cody Ice Festival has been described as the “Friendliest Ice Festival” of the eight or so you will find in this country each winter. Sure there are other festivals that are larger and have more of an “ESPN-X-Games” feel to them, but our area has conditions that cannot be beat as well as the most frozen waterfalls in the Lower 48 states.

If you don’t run into Don at the festival, there’s a good chance one of his daughters will print out your name Read More

Valentine’s Day in Cody

February 4th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

This Valentine’s Day, I’m planning a perfect Cody day for me and my guy. Want to hear about it?

Well, my guy is a big fan of breakfast, so I’m going all out and taking him to breakfast for a protein-packed start to our day. I can’t say for sure of course, but I’m betting he’s going to order Beef Benedict. I’ll probably go with Pecan-Rum French Toast. Well, maybe I better do a test run before the big day just to make sure.

After breakfast we’re going to pack up our snowshoes, throw on our fleece and head to Pahaska Tepee for a morning of snowshoeing. Have you been to the trails that wind around Buffalo Bill’s original hunting lodge and circle the Pahaska Tepee cabins? It’s such beautiful country there. So peaceful. And the last time I was there I spotted a moose!

Before we head back into town we’ll probably stop at the Sleeping Giant Ski Area to warm up by the fireplace and sip something hot from the Grizzly Grill. It’s so much fun to watch the kiddos practicing on the beginner runs. Who knows…maybe we’ll have kiddos of our own some day. But I digress…

I’m thinking we’ll have Read More

Beef and the Irma Hotel

January 28th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

OK, I know I said I’d be having nothing but salads for the entire month of January after all of those holiday helpings, but I’m a Wyoming gal, and a Wyoming gal’s gotta have some beef. I needed a fix. I know we have so many great places for beef here in Cody – the Chop House, the Terrace, Cassie’s, The Proud Cut – but I decided that last Saturday night, it was going to be The Irma Hotel and its famous prime rib. While I was happily devouring my perfect prime rib feast fit for a queen – which by the way, did come with a salad – I got to thinking about royalty, ghosts and this darling little fringed jacket that I simply have to have (as soon as my post-holiday bank account is off its diet too!).

As you probably know, the Irma Hotel Dining Room is famous for more than just its prime rib. There is a room-long cherry wood bar that lines one wall of the dining room. It’s a great gathering place for Cody’s cowboys and cowgirls and just about any day at any time, you’ll see locals and visitors alike sipping on a coffee Read More