Unity in Diversity: Say Hello To Everyone
Although Cody's residents are predominantly Caucasian (European descent); the town remains to be friendly to diversity and cultures. So, don't be shy and say hello! No sense in being a stranger in such a small town.
For the first time this year, the first annual Race Unity Day Celebration will be held on the second Sunday in June, that is June 11th, 5pm-8pm in the City Park. The potluck picnic is a free event sponsored by the Baha'is of Cody (www.bahai.us) and will include music, games, arts, and crafts. All are welcome and bring your favorite ethnic dish!
Buffalo Bill Highway
The road from Yellowstone to Cody is known as the Buffalo Bill Cody Highway and is rightly considered one of the most scenic routes in the USA. The road follows the North Fork of the Shoshone River through the Wapiti Valley, with the Absaroka Mountains rising to the southwest. The route is known for its abundant wildlife, astonishing rock formations, and recreational opportunities. The rock formations along the roadside are at their most fantastic near the small town of Wapiti, 21 miles from Cody. A pull-out on the north side of the road at the area known as the Holy City offers great photo possibilities if you can spot it – we drove past as it’s not signposted but luckily were able to turn round and retrace our steps. It was still fairly early when we were there (about 9.00 AM) so there were relatively few people and the light was wonderful.
Nearer Cody you’ll pass the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and Dam in a dramatic setting in Shoshone Canyon. Work began on the dam in 1905 and when completed in 1910, it was the highest dam in the world at 325 feet. We didn’t stop here but apparently you can fish, picnic and camp in the adjacent state park. It looked a great setting for any of these activities.
Scenic Drive Through the Big Horn Mountains
This scenic drive is a 60-mile run(one way) from Shell, Wyoming to Dayton along U.S. 14. I would only recommend this drive in late spring through early fall, as it can be very slippery in other times of the year, and the pass occasionally closes in the winter. This drive takes you through a beautiful gorge, over the broad back of the Big Horn Mountains, and across meadows to the Tongue River on the east side. Shell Creek canyon area on the western side of the Big Horns runs for about a mile through a narrow gap where you will see cliffs of various colors rising hundreds of feet from the swift running water. You will then continue through Shell Canyon. Be sure to stop at the Shell Falls Interpretive Site. There is a shelf-guided nature trail here that hugs the rim of a granite-lined canyon overlooking the falls. As you reach Granite Pass you will be at an elevation of 9,033 feet and you will see vast, grassy meadows where if you are lucky you may see elk and deer. (If you wish to take the U.S.14A detour --I think this will take you about an hour-- you can drive to the Medicine Wheel. This is an ancient stone circle sacred to the Indians. From here you must return to U.S. 14 to continue the drive. ) Continuing along U.S. 14 you will leave the high alpine meadows and descend along a series of switchbacks through a lodge pole pine forest. As you begin traveling through the Little Tongue River Canyon pull over at the turnout for Fallen City. This is a steep field of huge limestone chunks that tumbled from the ridgeline across the canyon. Now continue toward Dayton, stopping at the Sand Turn Pull out where you will see a sign identifying Buffalo Tongue Rock, one of the sedimentary rock layers that tilted as the Big Horns grew. If you are planning on returning to Cody, you may wish to turn around here, otherwise continue onto Dayton.
My other two photos are of the Shell Canyon Waterfalls.
Cody; Rodeo Heaven!!!
Cody is a city in Park County, Wyoming and named after William Frederick Cody, primarily known as Buffalo Bill, from William Cody's part in the creation of the original town.
The Shoshone River flows through Cody in a fairly deep canyon. There are four bridges over this river in the Cody vicinity, one at the north edge of town that allows travel to the north, and one about 5 miles (8 km) east of Cody that allows passage to Powell and the areas to the north and east. The other two are west of town; one allows access to the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park, and the other is used by fishermen in Shoshone Canyon and as access to the Buffalo Bill Dam.
Cody is located at the western edge of the Bighorn Basin, a depression surrounded by the Big Horn, Wind River, and Absaroka ranges. At the western edge of Cody, a deep canyon formed by the "north fork" of the Shoshone River provides the only passage to Yellowstone's Eastern Entrance. At its mouth and rising above Cody are Rattlesnake Mountain on the north side and Cedar Mountain on the south side. Most of Cody has a spectacular view of Heart Mountain, whose 8000 ft (2,400 m) peak is 9 miles (14 km) directly north of Cody, and the Carter Mountains, which form a line with peaks at about 12,000 ft (3,700 m), some 15 miles (24 km) to the south.
Themes surrounding Cody's pioneer and Cowboy and Western history are common in the cultural events and activities in the area. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a large and modern facility located near the center of the city, and contains large collections, and is a favorite stopping point for tourists passing through the town, on their way to or from Yellowstone. During the summer, a re-enactment of a wild-west shoot-out takes place next to the Irma Hotel, another historical site still open for business with a hotel and restaurant, which forms the nucleus of the town.
Cody is one of the premier towns for rodeo. In the months of June, July, and August, Cody has a rodeo every night. It also hosts the Cody Stampede Rodeo, a large event centered around the weekend of July 4th.
One of the biggest weekends of the year celebrates the Old West and Cowboy culture with the annual Cody Old West Show & Auction. It happens every 4th weekend in June and attracts visitors from all around the world with an interest in Cowboy and Native American artifact and antiques.
Annual July 4th Cody Stampede Parade
Every year Cody goes all out for the Fourth of July, our National Holiday to celebrate the Independence of the United States. Cody's celebration lasts from July 2 through the 4 th and is a major event of the year in Cody with parades, cookouts, concerts in the park, rodeos, and fireworks. There is also often a small, old carnival that comes to town, reminding me of the carnivals of my childhood. The women in this photo are riding sidesaddle in the manor that women rode before it was considered proper for a woman to wear anything other than dresses or skirts.
Cody enjoys three days of parades. The second brings us the Children’s parade for ages 12 and younger. The third and fourth bring us the larger parades for all ages. In this photo you see one of my favorite floats in the 2004 parade.
The parade on the 3rd and 4th are very similar, however the fourth is usually larger, as some entries and bands only come for the fourth of July. In 2004 the parade on the fourth lasted about one and a half hours. This photo shows my favorite band in the parade. This group of Scottish Pipes and Drums come from Billings, Montana. b
The parades runs through downtown Cody with small floats, horse drawn wagons, cars, fire engines, mountain men, bands, and many horses. My favorite cars are the older classics such as this one.
A popular work dog in Wyoming is the Border collie. Known for their high intelligence they are quick learners and seem to enjoy having a job to do. One of the important jobs these dogs have on ranches is to help herd the sheep or cattle. This float had two border collies that ran through an obstacle course set up on the float.
As stated earlier there are many horses in the parade---I mean many---old people and young people ride by on various types of horses, some pulling wagons or buggies, others side stepping, and some doing routines such as the drill team on my opening travelogue photo. This man is from Mexico. He carries the Mexican flag and is dressed in the traditional Mexican clothing.
Look at these tiny miniature horses pulling this wagon!
This photo shows the float that won first place as the Judges Theme Favorite. It shows Devils Tower, the First National Monument in the United States. Note that this monument is in Wyoming, but not Cody. It became more famous after the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind came out. Attached to the model of Devils Tower is a log building labeled Visitor Center. The Sierra Trading Post, an outlet store in Cody that I have listed under my shopping tips, constructed this float.