At the suggestion of my MIL, who spent her teen years living in Sheridan, WY, we exited Yellowstone last week via the east gate, and headed to Cody, Wyoming. She recommended we stop at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, specifically. That was enough for us. What we didn't realize until much later in our trip planning is that Cody is said to be the rodeo capital of the world!
Because we only had 24 hours to soak-up the whole Cody experience, we went straight to the highly rated tourist attractions, starting with a chuckwagon dinner at The Cody Cattle Company. The kids loved it! We had a great dinner in a lively atmosphere, booming with live country music and authentic cowboy vibes.
Right down the street from The Cattle Co. is the rodeo. Every night, 8-10, all summer long, Cody puts on a show. The wind was WILD that night and the kids had fun playing with all the tumbleweeds blowing around them.
Once inside the park, all three kids just about lost their chuckwagon dinners when they spotted a mechanical bull!!!
We took our seats in the stands and settled in for a whole new experience. It was everyone's FIRST rodeo!
Half-way through the show they did the nighly critter crawl, where all little kids are invited down to try and grab a ribbon off a calf's tail.
Tiny Buns almost won. ;)
I had been so excited for the new rodeo experience, but once I was there, I realized I was actually quite uncomfortable seeing the animals chased and roped. I can fully appreciate it as a much loved cultural event, and those rodeo animals certainly have a better life than any animal on a factory farm. I'm glad we went, just not sure I need to see another rodeo in this lifetime.
We cut out early in order to get the kids down. On our way out, I walked by this little guy and he kept his eyes on me as if he wanted to tell me something. His sweet face made me happy we'd not stayed until the end.