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We met more than 26 years ago while we were both in training at Lackland AFB. Our children are now adults, so we get to act like kids again! Roam the roads with us as we RV our way around the country!

THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [June 13, 2020]

A busy week!

This last week, we spent mostly workamping at the candy store. Business is still much slower than what it was last year at this time, but it is starting to pick up.

#dinner_disaster

After a long day at work, we decided to treat ourselves and ordered pizza and wings one night for dinner. We picked up the food, drove all the way back to our RV and prepared to eat. I set the pizza box on the ‘spacious’ kitchen counter (aka sink with inserts on it) and reached into the overhead cabinet to get our plates. As I did so, my hand hit the edge of the box with the wings on it. In my attempt to ‘catch’ the wings (I have no idea what I was thinking….) my other hand hit the pizza box, causing that to fall as well.

What to do? At this point, neither one of us wanted to cook so Russ saved the day and ran back into town to grab another pizza. I’m still upset over it!

Local wildlife

If you have been following our Instagram or Facebook accounts, you may have seen some photos of our neighborhood fox! This little critter makes several appearances a day passing by our RV. We weren’t sure at first if it was a male or a female, but have come to the conclusion that it is probably a female.

Over the last few days, we have seen her head down the road a few times a day and come back with something in her mouth. We started thinking she was probably taking food back to her den to feed some little ones. Our guess was confirmed when we checked the iNaturalist app and noticed one of our neighbors posted a photo of a little fox pup close by.

As seen on iNaturalist – submitted by debraokano

Yellowstone

Yesterday was my birthday and to celebrate, we decided to go into Yellowstone. Tour buses are still not running so even though more people are starting to trickle in, we figured it would be a good time to visit some of the more popular areas of the park that we had not seen yet. After renewing our annual pass, we were on our way!

A snowboarder gazes at mountain scenery before heading downhill in the snow.

First on the list was the Grand Prismatic Spring at the Midway Geyser Basin. Upon arrival, the parking lot was nearly full. We saw maybe all of five people wearing masks and social distancing was not being practiced at all. Russ and I tried our best to navigate through people but as we were walking up the narrow ramps, it was hard not to think about it. This was probably the first instance in months where we had been in such close proximity to such a large group of people.

Beyond that, walking up to view the Grand Prismatic is like walking through a sauna. We were grateful for the occasional cool breeze that descended upon our path. There was was one large gust that I was not grateful for, however. I was wearing my prescription sunglasses that tend to slide off rather easily. I looked down for a moment, and as I did so my glasses slid down and the wind whipped them off and tossed them about three feet off the walkway. Even though there are no barriers, you can not step off the platform. So, after staring at my glasses for 30 seconds, I sighed and we continued on. [Note: I do plan on contacting the ranger station to see if they were able to retrieve them, but if you see photos with bison wearing cool glasses, you know where they got them 😉 ]

Next up was Old Faithful! There was a crowd there, but from talking with other people, the crowd was nothing like what it typically has been in the past. There are a bunch of downed trees in a shaded area just a bit back from the geyser, which is where we chose to sit and wait.

TRAVEL TIP: If you are going to the park and want to know when Old Faithful will next go off, follow the geyser prediction Twitter feed.

We didn’t see much in the way of wildlife in the park, but we think that is in part due to the time of day we were there. Most animal sightings tend to be in the morning or later afternoons and we were there mid-day. However, we did get excited every time we got a glimpse of a bison!

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!