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“Life was so Whimsical?” — Vacation in Cody, Wyoming

May 15th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I get a song running through my head that stays there most of the day. I had a friend who was very adept at planting tunes with me and then walking away while I had to deal with Barry Manilow or the theme from Gilligan’s Island the rest of the day. No offense to you Barry Manilow fans, but he is no Marty Robbins.

Do you remember the Supertramp tune “Logical Song?” The lyrics rhyme wonderful, magical, miracle, responsible, practical and more. Maybe it’s even running around in your head right now.

I heard that song last week, and I am convinced my subconscious processed it and was waiting for an opportunity. You see, when I was speaking yesterday to a friend about coming west for one of our signature Cody vacations, for some reason the word “whimsical” came out of my mouth multiple times.

Sure, we have our wide open spaces and perfect country for hiking, biking, fishing, watching wildlife and a whole lot more, but do we really think of our whimsical side?

Here are a few things to do on vacation in Cody that certainly fit the bill. And all three are great at delivering serious messages in a fun way.

The Cody Gunfighters free performances are 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday outside the historic Irma Hotel.

The Cody Gunfighters free performances are 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday outside the historic Irma Hotel.

The Cody Gunfighters are always on my list of favorites. At 6 p.m. on summer evenings outside the historic Irma Hotel this entertaining group engages in Western skits that always end of up in a gunfight, generally over a damsel in distress. What I like is that kids learn about gun safety and parents enjoy a classic – and free – Cody experience performed by a fun-loving and slightly wacky group of locals.

Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village is full of small treasures.

Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village is full of small treasures.

Then there’s Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum. I think of Tecumseh’s as one of those attractions that exceeds visitors’ expectation on a daily basis. The owner of Tecumseh’s has spent most of his life collecting artifacts and creating scenes that truly tell a story. A large room-sized, glass-enclosed diorama illustrates the history of the West by depicting important battles like the Battle of Little Bighorn, a buffalo jump and a fort under Sioux Indian attack. Hundreds of American Indian artifacts are also on display, including clothing, weapons and a hand-made wooden canoe.

The Cody Trolley Tour introduces Cody’s attractions and history to visitors.

The Cody Trolley Tour introduces Cody’s attractions and history to visitors.

The Cody Trolley Tour operates a one-hour, 22-mile tour that is a great way to get acquainted with the town. Lively narrators in period costumes tell the compelling story of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and showcase the town he created. Participants learn about the town as it was more than 100 years ago and the developments since. Throughout the tour, the driver and narrator have been known to tell some good jokes and a few that are, well, a little on the corny side.

The Trolley also planted the theme from Bonanza in my head the last time I took the tour.

Until next week, I am lovin’ life in Cody, Wyo. It’s only logical, after all.


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