Sit around a crackling campfire with a cowboy singer strumming his guitar, discover the wonder of a young boy learning to fly fish in Yellowstone and hear the tale of a mule named Cadillac Jack by watching a series of online interviews with some of Cody, Wyoming’s most interesting people. Virtual travelers will also find short videos that highlight what it’s like to be a rodeo cowboy, the life and times of Buffalo Bill Cody and the many outdoor adventures that visitors can have in the region.
Cody Yellowstone is the northwestern Wyoming region that includes the authentic Western towns of Cody, Meeteetse and Powell as well as the valley East of Yellowstone. Beginning with town founder Buffalo Bill Cody, the region has consistently drawn fiercely independent residents with a variety of talents and skills.
One of them is cowboy singer Dan Miller, whose summer-season performances of Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue entertain audiences visiting from around the world. Miller lightly strums his guitar while explaining that cowboy music is “storytelling set to music.” The evolution of the cowboy song, he says, “is people sitting around a campfire telling stories of the day. I can picture it…a badly tuned guitar and a harmonica that sound like a symphony” on a starry Wyoming night.
Jake Clark looks exactly like someone you would imagine has spent his entire life roaming the wide-open spaces, rugged woods and canyons of northwestern Wyoming. And you’d be right. Although his life has been one long adventure, he remembers one time when his mule Cadillac Jack helped save the day after an encounter with a pack of wolves.
Cody resident Tim Wade has been catching cutthroat trout in Cody Yellowstone for 40 years. Wade fondly recalls a chance encounter with a young and eager angler and his grandfather.
Unlike Jake Clark, Ashley Hlebinsky is definitely not out of central casting. The self-described city girl who wanted to be a doctor recounts one of her first encounters with the community members at an amicable annual gathering of sport shooters.
The online video series is just one of many ways to learn about Cody Yellowstone. Cody, a historic full-service community, offers a variety of campgrounds letting you explore the area while returning to the comfort of your home on the road.