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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?


THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [June 13, 2020]
A busy week! This last week, we spent mostly workamping at the …
THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [June 4, 2020]
Montana has lifted its 14-day quarantine and the West Yellowstone gate into …
THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [May 29, 2020]
Things are about to get busy! We just got word that Yellowstone …
THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s DIary [ May 25, 2020]
After sixty-nine days we had our first bit of take-out food since …

THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s DIary [ May 25, 2020]

After sixty-nine days we had our first bit of take-out food since all the shutdowns hit! So what was the first thing we had? The pizza from Wild West Pizza here in town was calling…..and it was as good as we remembered it from last year.

The end of the snow

We think we’ve turned the corner on the really cold weather here in West Yellowstone. As I mentioned in one of our previous posts, the weather here during May is always a toss up. This past Saturday, it snowed all day and the high only reach the low 40’s for the day.

But today, the sun came out and it’s in the 50’s. The forecast has us in the mid-70’s by the end of the week – can’t wait!! The trees are still bare and we’re waiting for them to bloom. Spring in this area is very short and the landscape can change overnight.

We took a drive through town today and noticed the streets are still mostly empty. You can see from the pictures below the snow is already a memory. More people are out and about compared to a week ago, but I wonder when the last time these roads were so empty on Memorial Day Weekend.

Word “on the street” is that the gate to park is supposed to open June 15 but now we are hearing it might be a bit longer.

Memorial Day

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We spent a quiet day together. After having been inside for so many days due to the cold, rain and snow, we were happy to get outside for a bit and celebrated by grilling out. Russ was in his element as he made some burgers while drinking one of his new favorite beers – Deschutes. He was also excited to make the burgers with grilled pineapples and jalapenos. When we were in Seattle a few months ago he was introduced to that combination and he’s hooked. I’m not a fan of jalapenos so you’ll just have to take Russ’s word for it that it’s really good!


THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [June 13, 2020]
A busy week! This last week, we spent mostly workamping at the …
THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [June 4, 2020]
Montana has lifted its 14-day quarantine and the West Yellowstone gate into …
THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [May 29, 2020]
Things are about to get busy! We just got word that Yellowstone …
THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s DIary [ May 25, 2020]
After sixty-nine days we had our first bit of take-out food since …