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September 11 / TSA / Security / Delta / LAX / SLC / COD / Air New Zealand / Airport Security / Travel Safety / → All Tags
This week, America observed the 12th Anniversary of September 11 and, as with every passing year, reflecting back on that autumn day still means a somber sadness. This year, one Jaunted contributor took to the skies on September 11, boarding three different planes in three different airports while heading overseas. These are his observations.
· First flight: Delta Connection from Cody, Wyoming to Salt Lake City
This is a small regional airport where there is only one security lane and a grand total of two different flights per day. Check-in was as per normal, but the security line was a bit longer and slower than we're used to seeing. We can't be too sure if this is due to a temporary uptick in traveler numbers or a more vigilant TSA staff for the day.
Wyoming Travel / Yellowstone National Park / COD / Active Travel / Rodeos / National Park Travel / → All Tags
The wild, wild west. It's really not all that wild anymore. Some may constitute any place west of the Mississippi River "The West," so we are going to narrow down the large area to a small town in Wyoming named Cody. Remember this quaint little airport? It's here.
Cody is named for William Frederick Cody (whom you may know better as Buffalo Bill Cody) to honor his part in creating this town with a whole lot of character. Full of history and even more tall tales, it serves as a gateway for thousands of travelers on their way to see the wonderment of Yellowstone National Park. For those of you who might tire quickly of the bear and moose sightings, the town offers some alternatives.
As much as we love strolling through an airport with wide open space and lots of concessions, there is a soft spot in our hearts for small regional airports that not only handle far fewer passengers, but reflect the local charm. Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD) certainly falls into the latter category.
On a recent visit out west, we flew into the newly rebuilt airport and, we have to say, were quite impressed. The shiny new terminal is only 18 months old, first opening their gates to regional jets at the beginning of December 2010. This is not your typical airport; think about parking directly in front of the terminal and waiting in one line to enter the secure area. Like we said, lots of charm.
Wish You Were Here / Wyoming Travel / Montana Travel / Yellowstone National Park / COD / BIL / → All Tags
Go West, young man.
This week we headed for the hills, if you can call them hills. These mountains are located in the northwest corner of Wyoming in a little place you may have heard ofYellowstone National Park. It's chapter in history is a large one; the park itself was the first plot of land in the world set aside for conservation and for the enjoyment of the people.
Our wild west adventure began upon touchdown in Billings, Montana before we continued on to the small town of Cody, Wyoming. This can easily be considered the gateway to Yellowstone but don't be fooled by the terrain, as it has all the modern comforts of home.
Tax Refund Vacations / Wyoming Travel / National Parks / Yellowstone National Park / COD / BIL / Billings Travel / JAC / Jackson Hole Travel / → All Tags
Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements, but because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip.
When Uncle Sam hopefully probably maybe gives you back some hard earned cash this year, a great way to spend it is on a travel experience that thanks the USA for the cash. Go with Yellowstone National Park, as it's not only the the first American national park, but the world's first plot of land devoted to nature and preserving it's beauty.