THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [June 4, 2020]

Montana has lifted its 14-day quarantine and the West Yellowstone gate into Yellowstone National Park is open and we were excited to finally start our workamping job at Outpost Sweet Treats.

Outpost Sweet Treats

A few days in and the foot traffic in the store is still pretty slow. That being said, the visitors that have come in have said their time in Yellowstone was very pleasant as the typical crowds are minimal now and they have the opportunity to take their time in the park.

We started off our first day with a special visit from some new friends on Instagram – we_gone_rving! They are workamping in Yellowstone at the Mammoth General Store, so if you travel through the park this summer, stop in there and say hello.

Russ and I have realized we are out of practice standing on our feet for extended periods of time. We’ve only been working 5-6 hour shifts but boy, our feet are tired at the end of the day!

I have to say, it is fun working with Russ this year. He probably agreed to do it because he still hasn’t figured out how to operate the TV in our rig and he got bored while I was gone! Actually, the real reason he wanted to workamp this year was the opportunity to meet all the great people and really get to know the town in a unique way.

We’ve been asked a lot about social distancing and safety practices here in town. Most people seem to be respecting social distancing, but we have seen very few people wearing masks. Nearly all of the businesses that are open are taking extra sanitation measures, but you can tell things are already relaxing. When we first arrived in town, the grocery store installed plexiglass at the cashier stand and workers were wearing gloves and masks. We just went in the store this morning and about only half the staff had masks on. Also, sit down dining in restaurants appear to be available.

On our way into work yesterday, we actually saw our first bit of traffic since arriving a month ago! More RVs are trickling in but the campgrounds in town still have plenty of open spots.

Oh, by the way….the weather this week has been AMAZING.

Don’t be too jealous though….it’s supposed to snow again on Monday, with a high temp of 40 degrees. A brief cold spell is forecast, but then the nice weather should be returning.

One of our favorites

Last year, we visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center here in town.

It is one of the highlights of West Yellowstone and we just found out that one of the wolves gave birth to a litter of pups last week! We also found out they have webcams on the bear and wolf habitats, check them out and if you see the wolf pups, let us know!

Roosevelt

Tip: If you stay at the Grizzly RV park in town, you can hear the wolves howling at night!

THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [May 29, 2020]

Things are about to get busy!

We just got word that Yellowstone will be opening the Montana gates starting June 1. That means the days of empty streets in West Yellowstone will be changing. It also means we should be starting our workamping job soon.

The difference a few days makes

Take a look at the two photos below. The first one was taken on Saturday. The second one was take of the same area today. If we didn’t see it ourselves, we wouldn’t have believed it. Spring in Montana apparently lasts 48 hours.

The downside of staying still

When we move a lot, we go through our regular routine of packing up and putting things away on a regular basis. What happens when we stay put is still a bit of a struggle for us. We call it ‘the spread’. Things get rearranged, things get left out and the next thing we know the idea of moving anywhere seems daunting.

So yesterday, I had enough. I started a deep clean and reorganization of the RV. By default, Russ got pulled into it as well – it’s a good thing he loves me!

Organization tips

Whether you are a full-time or part-time RVer, here are a few tips that will make your time in your RV more enjoyable:

  1. Simplify your wardrobe. Finding space to store clothes is challenge enough for most. Many RVers also struggle with where to put the dirty laundry. Trust us, the more clothes you bring, the larger the laundry pile becomes and next thing you know, there’s a huge mess to deal with. Fewer clothes takes up less space and forces you to do laundry sooner.
  2. Plan meals that build on one another. For example, if I make a corned beef brisket one day, I can also make reuben sandwiches or hash with the leftovers. Doing this saves space in your cupboard and your fridge.
  3. Cut down the kitchen clutter. All those gadgets are cool, but how many of them really need to be in the RV? Think ahead about the meals you make using the least amount of kitchen accessories.
  4. Minimize bathroom chaos. Consider using an all-in-one body/hair wash. Go a step further and use something like Dr. Bronner’s soap which you can use to wash face, hair, body, laundry and more.
  5. Digital when possible. Free up from clutter by reading ebooks, streaming tv and movies, and keeping digital photos (we use Amazon Photos). Every once in awhile I need a break from staring at a screen, so borrowing a book from a Little Free Library is always a great option.

These are a few of the practices we employ and we have to revisit them every few months because we somehow keep accumulating things. Yesterday we threw away several bags of trash and have items we need to donate. But….the RV feels so much better when there is no clutter and now we are ready for an adventure. Now the question is….where do we go first?


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