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Aug
06

Geocaching in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

Man with two children watching a geyser that is erupting in a riverWhen I was a child, my friends and I loved going on scavenger hunts, especially nature scavenger hunts! It kept us engaged and outdoors. Today, many kids don’t seem too interested in the thrill of the hunt. I recently discovered the outdoor sport of geocaching. The thought of this family-friendly activity took me back to my scavenger hunts days but added the twist of technology. This seems like a great way to get kids out of the house and moving!

 

So what is geocaching?  Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity using a GPS or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “caches.” Caches are usually small containers with a logbook and River with mountains in the backgroundpen/pencil in them. Sometimes there are items for trading in a cache like a toy or trinket.  There are only a few rules. If you take something from a cache, leave something of equal or greater value.  Write about your find in the logbook and log your experience on www.geocaching.com.  Be sure to share your geocaching stories and photos online. I started exploring the options for geocaching in Cody/Yellowstone Country and I was shocked! I found 1684 geocaches for Cody alone! Powell has 115 caches and Meeteetse has 63. Yellowstone has 52. You can do a lot of geocaching in Cody/Yellowstone Country!

 

Streetview with businesses and mountain in backgroundTo get started, register for a free account on www.geocaching.com or www.opencaching.com to find caches in Cody/Yellowstone Country.  Put in a town or zip code and all the caches will appear. Beginner listings are highlighted in green. Each listing will tell you the size of the cache, the difficulty from one to five stars and the terrain difficulty from one to five stars. Some listings may provide attributes which tell a little more about what to expect at a cache location. This is helpful in knowing conditions, equipment needed and hazards.

 

Once you have chosen a cache to locate, enter the coordinates on your GPS and set out on your excursion. In researching geocaching, I found that this is very popular with a lot of travelers. Many families incorporate geocaching in their travel stops. Some say it is a great opportunity to get the kids out of the car and stretch Sandy trail with trees lining ittheir legs and minds. It is also a great way to learn about the history of an area since many caches have a specific geographical theme. It is also a wonderful way to teach the family how to use a GPS and to pay attention to your surroundings.  Be sure you are prepared for the elements and have drinking water when geocaching.

 

narrow trail with wildflowers and grassNot all geocaches are the same. A traditional cache is as I described above with a container and logbook. Multi-caches involve two or more locations. The first location provides tips to finding the final geocache. Mystery or puzzle caches have complicated puzzles that you must solve to determine the coordinates of the cache.  An event cache is when a group organizes a day of geocaching that are specific to an area and day. This allows geocachers to get together, share experiences and explorations.

 

When you are traveling in and around Cody/Yellowstone Country, make it a va”cach”en and try geocaching. Whether you are a traveler to the area looking for a bit more adventure or a local that wants to explore your Meadow with wooden fence and mountains in background“backyard,” geocaching is a great way to know the area better!

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin’ life and exploring Cody/Yellowstone Country,

 

Cartoon drawing of a cowgirl with braids and red scarfCorrie N. Cody

 

 

 

 

Jul
30

Camping in Cody/Yellowstone Country

Tent in the pine treesIf you really want to experience the great outdoors in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is nothing better than camping! From tents to large motorhomes, you won’t be disappointed in what the area has to offer. Options in the area include developed campgrounds in town with all the amenities to remote Forest Service campgrounds.  Don’t forget this is an economical way to vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Campsites are inexpensive and preparing your own meals instead of eating out every day really cuts expenses.   Camping lets you reconnect with nature and each other. I love sleeping under the stars and the silence of the mountains. Waking up to amazing sunrises is one of my favorite parts of camping. And, it’s fun!

 

Cody

Cody has some wonderful campgrounds that are a perfect home base for all your adventures. Most can accommodate large motorhomes, have full hook ups and are close to in-town attractions. Cody’s peak travel season is May to September andCampground with trailers, picnic tables and mountains in the background all of the campgrounds are open during those months.  Rates typically run $28-$45, depending upon you camping preference.  There are several campgrounds between Cody and Yellowstone on the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway that provide some amazing scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities.  Many of these campgrounds are operated by the Forest Service in the Shoshone National Forest, the nation’s first national forest. These sites have a nominal fee. You won’t find hook-ups or other amenities but your surroundings will more than make up for a few days without modern conveniences.

 

Meeteetse

campground in the mountains with pine trees and picnic tablesIf you really want to get away and become one with nature, I recommend heading to one of Meeteetse’s campgrounds. You can camp at the campground in the quaint town and use it as your home base to explore the area. If you really want to get off the beaten path, you can head up to one of the Forest Service campgrounds in the Wood River area or up the Greybull River. These campgrounds only have a few spaces with no fees but donations are suggested. There are great opportunities to see wildlife at these campgrounds. If you want to explore even more, bring your horse!   The Jack Creek campground up the Greybull River has corrals and is located at a trailhead. It is your perfect base camp.

 

Yellowstone

Camping has long been associated with Yellowstone National Park. It is still a wonderful way to experience the Park. There are 12 campgrounds with over 2,000 sites. Seven of the campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis. The other Travel trailer and pine treesfive are operated by Xanterra and may be reserved up to one year in advance.  The Park Service campgrounds have tables, fire grills, drinking water, garbage cans and flush or pit toilets. The campgrounds operated by Xanterra have fire grates, restrooms with flush toilets and some tables accessible to persons with disabilities. The Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only campground with full hookups and is restricted to only hard-sided vehicles.  All of the campgrounds in Yellowstone have food storage regulations. Be sure you know what is required so you do not attract bears. The really adventurous may want to do some backcountry camping in Yellowstone. Permits are required.  There is a fee for advanced reservations. Reservations made up to 48 hours in advance are free and available at visitor centers and ranger stations.

 

Tent at a campsiteWhatever your preference, there are lots of great opportunities for camping throughout Cody/Yellowstone Country.  Get a little closer to nature on your next trip to the area by camping. There’s something about a campfire that soothes the soul. Who can argue with s’mores!

 

 

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin life in Buffalo Bill’s Cody Yellowstone Country,

Corrie N. Cody

Jul
18

Nightlife in Cody/Yellowstone Country

Cody sign, mountains and hotair balloonsIf you’re like me, you love to pack as much as possible into your vacation. Cody/Yellowstone Country is a great place to do that! In fact, I recommend you spend at least two nights in Cody so you don’t miss a thing. Be sure you don’t forget about the evenings when planning your trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country. You might not be aware of the “nightlife” here. Here are my suggestions for planning a night on the town!

 

The Cody Nite Rodeo runs every night all summer long so it is easy to fit into your schedule. Cody is known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” so it is no wonder that many of America’s top cowboys started their rodeo careers in Cody. Some Cowboy on a white bucking horseeven compete back in Cody from time to time. No matter what night you attend, you can be sure that you will see some great performances.  If you have kiddos, be sure they compete in the nightly “calf scramble.” Children in the audience are asked to enter the arena and chase a calf with a ribbon tied to its tail. Whoever gets the ribbon, wins a prize. It is great fun for the kids and hysterical for the parents. Everyone will enjoy the antics of the rodeo clown as he banters with the announcer and the contestants.

 

Cowboys in the street shootingIf you want to experience a bit of the Old West, mosey over to the porch of the Irma Hotel at 6:00 p.m. for a melodrama performed by the Cody Gunfighters.  You might notice the crowds gathering on the street. Be prepared for a gunfight to breakout in the streets of Cody!  This FREE 45 minute show is performed in the street with colorful characters like Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, and Wyatt Earp. The show is great for the whole family.  After the show, the gunfighters will be happy to pose for photos with you.

 

If you like music, you don’t want to miss Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue in the historic Cody Theatre. This Branson/style music variety show happens Monday through Saturday all summer long at 8:00 p.m. Dan andFront of building with neon marquee his “Empty Saddle Band” perform songs of the American West, Americana, Bluegrass and cowboy poetry and is suitable for the whole family. You might be surprised that Cody has such a high caliber show! The show is a must-see while visiting Cody/Yellowstone Country. The Irma Hotel has partnered with the Cowboy Music Revue for dinner/show packages that can be purchased at the Irma Hotel. Plan a great evening with the Irma’s famous prime rib buffet and cowboy music.

 

Front of building with Cody Cattle Company signageIn staying with the western theme, you can head out to the Cody Cattle Company’s dinner and live western music show. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with brisket, baked chicken, baked potatoes, baked beans and more. For a bit more, you can add steak to your meal. After dinner, sit a spell and enjoy the music. Expect western favorites like Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Ghost Riders in the Sky. The music show ends so that you have enough time to head out to the rodeo. You can purchase the Trifecta Ticket that includes the dinner, show and rodeo that offers a small discount.

 

Many of Cody’s restaurants and and bars offer live musical entertainment and dance bands on Friday and Saturday nights. No matter what you choose, you will have a wonderful evening in Cody! Just remember, don’t Couples dancingwear yourself out during the day so you can enjoy an exciting western evening!

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin the western life in Cody/Yellowstone Country,

 

Corrie N. Cody

Cartoon Cowgirl with braids

 

Jul
10

What’s New in Cody

Bull bison sitting in sage brushThe 2012 summer is going great in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country! Lots of folks are spending their vacation with us. We are all excited about a few new and improved things to do in our area. In addition to the “Must-do” list, here are a few new things in Cody this year.

 

The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center opened in August last year at the site of the World War II relocation center where more than 14,000 Guard tower, barrack buildingsJapanese Americans were confined. Internees began arriving at the center in August of 1942 and the center closed on November 10, 1945. The Center offers a glimpse into life at the camp through photographs, artifacts, oral histories and interactive exhibits. There is a memorial walking trail that leads visitors through key moments of the camps history. A trip to this National Historical Landmark is a must while visiting the area.

 

Trolley coming out of tunnelThe Cody Trolley Tours are a great way to see Cody and learn about the area and history. This summer, the Trolley has added a Heart Mountain tour. Guests hop aboard the air conditioned Trolley and travel though the agricultural district of Cody/Yellowstone Country. Guides provide the history, legend and lore of the area’s agriculture on the way to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. Once at the Center, guests have an hour to explore before heading back to Cody. This is a great way to experience the history of the area.

 

YLoop Road Trips is a new tour company offering tours into Yellowstone National Park and other area adventures. YLoop offers certified interpretiveTour bus with hills in background guides, healthy food, eco-friendly and new, comfortable vehicles. Trips are suitable for the family with kid-friendly activities along the way.  Trips into Yellowstone include admission to the Park, lunch, snacks and a pick up from your Cody or East Yellowstone location. These trips are great for those who what to see and experience the Park but don’t want to hassle with driving and want a little more insight into what they are experiencing in the Park.

 

Interior of museum with a wagonThe Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a wonderful collection of 5 museums dedicated to the American West. A newly redesigned Buffalo Bill Museum officially opened in June. This museum features new collections on Buffalo Bill the man and the showman. This museum also interprets the history of the American cowboy, dude ranching, western conservation, and frontier entrepreneurship. Beautifully done, this museum will get you excited about the west!

 

Whether this is your first trip or a repeat trip to Cody/Yellowstone Country, I encourage you to take advantage of these new attractions.

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin life in Cody/Yellowstone Country,

 

Corrie N. Cody

Cartoon image of a cowgirl with braids

Jun
18

It’s Summer in Cody/Yellowstone Country!

Shoreline, water and mountainsThe first day of summer is quickly approaching and I am ready. Longer days and warm temperatures are welcomed as we say goodbye to the Wyoming cold and wind. This winter seemed to be more windy making me all the more excited for summer. It is invigorating to get outside during the summer months in Cody/Yellowstone Country and explore.  I am always ready for some summertime adventure!

 

Horseback riding is a great way to experience Buffalo Bill’s personal playground. There are stables just outside of town offering rides that overlookhorseback riders on a trail following a creek with mountains in the background town. If you want a little more adventure, mosey down the road towards Yellowstone where there are several guest ranches that offer day rides into the Absaroka Mountains. Be prepared to enjoy Wyoming wildflowers, beautiful mountain vistas and possibly wildlife. If you are really feeling adventurous, stay at one of the ranches and ride every day! There is an old cowboy saying that “everything looks better from the back of a horse.” Experience it for yourself.

 

man fly fishing in a riverThe Shoshone River begins in Yellowstone and runs right through Cody. Every section of the river offers great fishing. The North Fork of the Shoshone is incredibly scenic with great walk and wade fishing. The North Fork dumps into the waters of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir just outside of town. Fish from the shore or get out on a boat. In town, you can fish on your own or contact one of the fly shops in town for a float trip. The more adventurous might want to hire a guide and fish some of the high mountain waters. No matter what you chose, it will be great fun!

 

A “cool” way to experience Cody Country is a river rafting trip. These trips are great for the whole family. Hit all the major rapids and some tranquil People in a raft on white waterpools on the Shoshone River with a 2-3 hour trip. If you are feeling more adventurous, take a half day trip on the North Fork of the Shoshone. These trips offer great wildlife viewing like bighorn sheep on the cliffs, moose grazing along the river’s edge and maybe an eagle soaring above. There are several rafting companies in Cody that will provide a great experience and equipment.

 

Man and woman hiking on rocky terrain with wildflowersI love to experience the area’s natural beauty by getting out and hiking. The opportunities are endless in Cody/Yellowstone Country. Yellowstone offers about 1,000 miles of trails with a variety of terrain. Park rangers are happy to assist with planning your hike. Be prepared for changing weather conditions as well as wildlife encounters. Bear spray is a must in Cody/Yellowstone Country! Trails abound throughout our region. Sunlight Sports in Cody offers outdoor concierge services. They can help you plan and outfit your hike.

 

These are just a few of the outdoor adventure opportunities in the area. It is not hard to plan a weekend or week long adventure in Cody/YellowstoneCassie's restarant sign with grass and trees Country. Don’t forget that Cody has great restaurants and evening entertainment in the summer months too!  Plan an adventure getaway this summer.

 

Until next time, I’ll be lovin’ adventure in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country,

 

Cartoon character of a cowgirl with braidsCorrie N. Cody

 

 

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