Now I have to switch to English because I am guest as a couchsurfer in Cody.
After some weeks alone, I wanted to get to know people. There are not many people living in South Dakota and Wyoming and I wanted to talk to locals. Couchsurfing is the best way to do so, although I have to say that CSler will always have a special quality and that is travelling. I don’t know any better way to become open minded and open hearted than travelling. Therefore I decided for a couch in Cody.
The city said welcome in sending me a rainbow. Without any clouds and any rain around. That’s quite nice.
You never heard of Cody? Me neither. Stop, back to the start. Cody is a city in Wyoming. Wyoming got its name from the Chayenne and it means: great plains. But Wyoming is far more than plains. It has little parts of the Black Hills, it has its own Badlands, the Rocky Mountains and YELLOWSTONE.
One of the most exciting places in the world. A supervolcano and you can walk into it. Let me give you one little advice: don’t watch ‘Supervolcano’ a day before you go there. It is frightening. I did and I needed a while to forget about it.
Cody is at the east entry of Yellowstone. That doesn’t make a story. BUT you have heard of Buffalo Bill. His real name is William Frederick Cody. I think you have heard about the shows. This was something typical for the time, no TV but explorers and adventures telling their stories. The elevation is 1523m and it became easier to get a sunburn. Ruth and Peter have 3 lovely dogs and 2 lamas who are their lawnmower. They were so lovely hosts and it was a perfect way to get to know people from Wyoming.
They have 300 sunny days. The snow is blown away easily and you need cars with clearance height. 10.000 peope live there, they have a newspaper which is published twice a week, a big library (I will always be jealous when I see libraries in all these little towns in the USA where kids start to use them at the age of 4).
I didn’t attend a Rodeo and don’t feel sorry about that but I spend a day in the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West and believe me, the name is the worst of this museum. It is gorgeous, I hadn’t expect to learn that much. For the second year in a row it has earned the Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. It is not just about Buffalo Bill! They have a wonderful natural history museum which gave me a good overview which animals prefer which height. Another long stay for me was the plains indian museum that is another part of this center. Of course there is a Buffalo Bill part too but I was tired and it would have needed quite a time to understand him in a better way. He had lots of shadows of grey.
For lunch I decided to stay at the Draper Museum Raptor Experience. They have six birds which aren’t able to live outside anymore because of different kinds of problems (accident or blind on eye…)
I learnt about the volunteer work, how the community is supported by citizens. It is not the center of the Universe but a beautiful place to live if you love the nature.
And of course a nice (quite long) talk with Ron, a professor from Colorado.