Some random pictures taken over the past month.
The grizzly bear above is one of many similar statues that are scattered throughout Cody (as well as other towns in Park County).
They were the precursor to the buffalo statues.
The first (and very successful) fund raiser for the major hospital that sits at the back of town.
As with the bison, the grizz statues are all unique. All are decorated differently.
This particular grizz sits outside and greets visitors at the Wells Fargo Bank downtown.
He is dark brown in front and has a wonderful sunset painting on his back.............
A block or two up from where we are currently staying is a barber shop.
It is just off Sheridan Avenue, and is whimsically Cody.
Horse shoe cacti, Wyoming Cowboys, rustic cowboy decorations, and other picture-worthy items decorate the outside and inside, all of which make it simply a fun and interesting place to visit.
A place that obviously does not take itself too seriously.
And the barber shop apparently also provide good and cost effective mens haircuts................
Huge metal sign on the old stone exterior of a well known downtown bar called the Silver Dollar.................
This truck is outrageously wonderful.................
We spend a lot of time window shopping - sometimes just me and Kory, sometimes all three of us.
After living in a tiny and isolated desert community in Idaho for the past four years we still have not gotten over the novelty of being so close to stores.
And Cody is not like regular downtowns.
All of downtown Cody is extremely walkable - small and large parks, interesting and unique benches, beautiful statues, friendly people and friendly store owners, even dog bowls filled with water for four legged visitors.
Downtown Cody is filled with galleries and wonderful art work of all kinds, and souvenir stores filled with the expensive and the cheap. All the trinkets you would expect so that visitors can fondly remember their trip to this western town.
Cowboy stores filled with boots and hats and spurs and outdoor stores filled with outdoor gear.
Pizza restaurants, coffee shops, bars, Chinese and Japanese restaurants and fast food restaurants and even a German restaurant, and a multitude of places to buy a meal filled with........meat. Pulled pork and steak and prime rib and hamburgers.
It is a quietly chaotic madhouse of people and traffic throughout the summer, and a quietly quiet place when the last of the tourists finally leave in mid fall.
In a few days I will walk downtown without my guy or my dog, and take endless pictures of store front windows that are now wonderfully decorated for Christmas.................
We went to this event.
Every year the community provides a free Thanksgiving meal for anyone in town who would like to go.
We went with Barb, and with about 100 other community members, and we visited with each other and ate a wonderful meal....................
The exterior of the Irma Hotel.
It is beautifully decorated for Christmas.
I need to get pictures.
More on The Irma here:
We went to look at a house about a month ago in Meeteetse and I snapped these pictures while we were there.
We actually put an offer on that house but when it was all said and done we couldn't come together with the home owner on a price, so it didn't happen.
We THOUGHT we had found a place just outside of Cody very recently and were ecstatic about the prospect.
The home had only been on the market for 14 hours when we saw it, we put in an offer and spent Thanksgiving excited as hell.
The views were amazing, the home owner was desperate to sell, we were eager to buy and offered close to asking price.
A little more investigation and it turned out that there was something very wrong with the home.
Wrong enough that we would not be able to get it financed.
We have looked at homes in the Big Horn Basin and in Park County non stop since we arrived in Cody, have wondered a few times whether or not we should make an offer on one property or another, but Park County is where we want to be (and if possible in Cody).
We are exploring land prices and home building prices and modular home prices and foundation and septic prices and we have been working too hard at this and our heads are spinning and we need a break from thinking so hard about it.
In a few days we'll visit museums decked out for the holidays and drive up to Dead Indian Pass.
We need a break................
My Mountain Boy watching over me and Kory as we headed down to the Greybull River in downtown Meeteetse.................
I don't know who painted this, but it sits right at the entrance to the park in downtown Meeteetse and is a colorful addition to the town.................
The reservoir about 8 miles outside of Meeteetse.
Kory needed to run.
This day was still, and cold, and absolutely beautiful, and so we were in no hurry to load back into the vehicle and return to Cody.
We all needed to be outside and spent a long time at this place just enjoying the day, enjoying the views and enjoying each other.................
One of the museums we're headed to this weekend...................
These pictures were also taken about a month ago.
When I look at the pictures in this blog it is hard to remember just how much snow we really had then.
It is also hard to realize that all of this snow has been gone for the past two weeks.
Pictures taken at the Oregon Basin, just on the outskirts of town when we still had a lot of snow on the ground...............
My pup happily running in the deep snow................
Metal sculptures seen in the front yard of a beautiful home, on the drive back into town after playing in the snow out on BLM land..............
And the view from the back yard of that same house................
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went......................Will Rogers