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Plan your spring getaway to...

March 7th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Springtime is coming. And so are the babies.

Soon bison and babies will appear in Yellowstone.

During the springtime, Paris has nothing on Cody. Well, except a really tall tower. And wonderful croissants. But they don’t get to mark the coming of springtime with the emergence of the grizzlies or sightings of furry orange elk calves. We do. C’est la vie.

Spring is going to be here before you know it, and it’s going to be a springtime to remember. I promise. How do I know? Because our winter was one to remember. If you talk with the old-timers around here they’ll say they haven’t seen a winter like this in 20 years.

The snowfall we’ve had this year is far, far more than what we usually get. One of my pals who is a Weather Channel nut keeps track of snowfall and percentages. He told me the snowpack is 141 percent above our normal range. It seems like the countryside has been whiter than an elk’s behind for months and months. Years, in fact, if you ask me on one of my extreme spring fever days.

But no matter how you measure it, everyone agrees that springtime 2014 is going to Read More


Shh. Don’t Tell the Kids They’re...

February 27th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Don’t tell anyone, but I can be one of the sneakiest people you have ever met. Especially when it comes to kids. I have figured out ways to get kids to enjoy learning vacations without even realizing they are learning.

When families come into town, we often head over to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW). I never tell the kids they are going to a museum because I don’t want them to put up any barriers or start saying things like “Oh no, not another museeeeeum.” You know, using the tone where teenage daughters roll their eyes and say “Oh, Mother” and turn “Mother” into a three-syllable word.

I don’t want them to think they are learning anything. At least until it is too late.

Fortunately, we have an array of “please touch” exhibits and wow-inducing displays that showcase our region’s history and Western spirit and introduce our larger-than-life town founder. The Buffalo Bill Museum features wall-sized displays and interactive exhibits spotlighting the showman’s legendary Wild West Show, encounters with royalty and some of the colorful characters who traveled with him.

One of my first tricks is to casually let it slip that when he was still known as just Bill, Read More


Planning a golf getaway in Cody, Wyoming

February 21st, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

What is it about the Olympics that makes me want to try all sports?

Plan a golf getaway in Cody, Wyoming!

I don’t know about you, but when I watch the Olympics I want to head to our ice arena, strap on my skates and start doing laps. I am sure that I look just like the speed skaters as they hit those turns performing those perfect crossovers. In fact, the Dutch skaters – especially the Mulder twins – would probably ask me for a few training tips.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

If it’s not skating, I want to drive to Sleeping Giant and spend the afternoon on my snowboard in the terrain park or racing some friends on skis in an impromptu slalom. Or we could cross country any number of places in the area. I wish we had a bobsled run, and something about curling is simply mesmerizing.

To most of us here in Cody, the specific activity is not always the most important thing. The most important thing is getting out and enjoying any number of activities. This summer I intend to hike, bike, fish, fly, ride and more.

Something that I also plan on mastering this year is golf. Read More


The Easy Way to Plan a Vacation to Buffalo...

February 6th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

When it comes time to plan a summer vacation in Cody (or Yellowstone or Wyoming) my friends have developed a foolproof method.

They let me do it for them.

I don’t mean to be a busybody; it’s just that my enthusiasm kicks in when I hear the words “Yellowstone Vacation” or “I’m thinking of heading to Wyoming this summer, do you have any special tips or suggestions?”

I can put together a three-, five- or 10-day itinerary faster than you can say “Corrie, slow down and take deep breaths. You’re starting to concern me.”

When people do allow me to share my experience, the first thing I suggest is that they try to envision just how much space we have here in the West. Wyoming on a single page in the road atlas can look like it is the same size as Ohio. Not even close. To illustrate, Interstate 80 across Wyoming is a little more than 400 miles while Interstate 80 across Ohio is close to 235 miles. People move here for our wide open spaces and big skies, but they learn quickly to not try and see everything in one day.

Exterior of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

My second Wyoming Read More


New Furniture

January 28th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

I confess. I tend to get pretty attached to my stuff. I still have my childhood stuffed bison – which my parents named Teddy – I swear! – that was chewed, squeezed, thrown, stomped and drooled upon. And I’ll never throw it away.

But anyone who has been to my house lately would probably agree that some of my furniture is getting pretty worn and ragged. I have a chair with a chunk out of one of the legs thanks to my puppy, and a sofa with the stuffing coming out of one of the cushions. For awhile, I just turned that cushion over but now the stuffing is coming out of both sides and the throw blanket covering that spot isn’t fooling anyone.

So I’m going furniture shopping. Did you know January and February were two of the best months of the year to shop for furniture? Fortunately, Yellowstone Country has dozens of designers and furniture makers who specialize in the Western rustic style of furniture that was first made famous by Thomas Molesworth, who supplied distinctive Western-style furniture to some of Cody’s finest guest and dude ranches from the 1930s through the ‘60s.

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Sleeping Giant Discount

January 21st, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

While I don’t have a large house, I do love hosting and entertaining out-of-town guests.

During the summer my guest room is often used by friends and relatives coming to town on vacation, to visit family or to attend class reunions. When you live in such a desirable destination, you learn to either embrace these opportunities like I do, or you develop strategies to ensure guests stay somewhere else.

I believe I do go a good job of making people feel welcome. I recently hosted some good friends who were having their hardwood floors sanded and refinished. When it was time for the stain and topcoats, they avoided their house by moving in with me for the weekend where we enjoyed great conversation and watched the Rocky Mountain region’s Broncos make their way to the Super Bowl.

In the next few weeks, however, I was faced with a dilemma as two sets of friends want to visit at the same time.

Since my house is not big enough for everyone, I wasn’t sure what to do. I was already committed to the first set of friends who called me, but I wanted to do something to Read More


New Year’s Resolutions

January 13th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Most people make New Year’s resolutions. Around here, however, we view such promises as cliché and ordinary.

You won’t catch my friends and me vowing to lose weight. If I want to get in better shape I will get more exercise, and I will have so much fun doing it that I will hardly notice the effort.

In fact, I am going to head to Sleeping Giant Ski Area on my next day off. I also always think there is plenty of time later to head to that hill, and the next thing I know I have gone weeks without skiing. Therefore, I will set a goal of skiing five days by the time President’s Weekend arrives. There, was that so hard?

Since our area has the highest concentration of frozen waterfalls in the Lower 48 states, it would just be a complete waste to not climb some of them. I promise I will call my old friend Kenny Gasch (Ladies, don’t even think about it) and ascend five falls by the end of March.

I have a pretty good record of hiking and riding the trails around here, but the reality is that I have barely scratched the Read More


End of the Year

January 3rd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

I love end-of-the-year articles. Whether they are “Top 10” movies, the best car chases, the Darwin Awards or even the influential people who die, I simply enjoy looking back at the year that was.

In that spirit, I would like to offer my own list of seven significant events for 2013 and happenings in our beautiful corner of the world.

Sequestration threatens to delay opening of Yellowstone. In the spring we started hearing rumblings that budget cuts would result in delays of opening some of the roads heading into Yellowstone National Park. Of particular concern was that the east gate would open some two-three weeks later than normal so that the sun could melt the snow instead of National Park Service crews plowing the roads.

In demonstrating a typical Western “Can Do” attitude, a campaign spearheaded by our Chamber of Commerce raised enough money to pay for Wyoming state road crews to plow from the east gate up and over Sylvan Pass until they met the NPS crews working their way toward us.

The Prince of Monaco comes to town. In September Monaco’s Prince Albert II came to town to present the Camp Monaco Prize to commemorate the 100th Read More


Decorating for Christmas

December 17th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Okay, so I am a little late getting my Christmas decorations out. I am simply one of those people who like to take holidays one at a time.

I may see a perfect gift in May and buy it, but I typically put it in the back of my closet and not think about it again until December.

At Thanksgiving I like to focus on friends, family and football. In my mind there is plenty of time to prepare for Christmas. And don’t even talk to me about Christmas when the kids are trick or treating.

This year, right after Thanksgiving we had a cold front blow through shortly after turkey day, and let me tell you, it was cold enough that I dug a jacket out of my closet that I only wear a few times a year. This coat is suede with a sheepskin lining that invariably receives comments from men and women, alike. It still looks brand new, and I expect to wear it for many years.

When the front arrived, one of my neighbors casually mentioned that I probably regretted my rule of not putting up my lights until the halfway point Read More


Christmas Gifts

December 10th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Now that Thanksgiving is another fond memory of turkey, laughter, broken ovens and unusual uses for plumbers’ torches, I am turning my attention to preparing for Christmas.

I don’t spend a lot on gifts, but I do like to put thought into them. Accumulating a lot of possessions is not important among my circle of friends, and if you quietly observe you can see what people appreciate here.

Every year I make a vow to keep my eyes open all the time in case that perfect gift lands in my lap. Other times I find something that’s perfect for multiple people and have to decide who gets it.

In August I ran across “160 Acres,” an old album signed by the Sons of the Pioneers. I can think of several musicians in town who would carry my bags through a Black Friday crowd, shovel my driveway all winter and string my holiday lights for that piece of vinyl.

One year I found an original poster that Union Pacific had created to promote visitation to Yellowstone. It showed various bear “tourists” strolling around Old Faithful, eating picnics and enjoying idyllic scenes of the park. It was perfect for a certain Read More