A taste of the Wild West


I’ve noticed that I tend to consume travel in two ways: let’s call them appetizers and entrees.

When arriving in a new place, I take in everything in small bites as if I were sampling from an appetizer tray. After I leave, I keep thinking about the things I tried, and I find myself wanting to return to the place to take it all in at a deeper level, kind of like the main course.

I found this phenomenon to be true in our stop today in Cody, Wyoming, which is touted as the rodeo capital of the world. I tasted “appetizers” as I looked in store windows along the main street. I sampled “appetizers” from the choreographed gunfight that the locals put on each evening to draw tourists into town. And I tasted actual “appetizers” in the form of cowboy beans and biscuits from the back of a chuck wagon at the local museum.

At the end of the day (and ironically after a real meal of Mexican food), I had to ask: What’s for dessert?

There was only one answer. Seats at the nightly rodeo, of course. Where else but Cody can you see a rodeo every night all summer long? It turned out to be one of the sweetest memories from the whole trip.

In hindsight, all those experiences made me hungry to return to the area in the future, maybe for a week at a dude ranch. Don’t laugh…that definitely qualifies as an entree travel adventure!