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THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [May 11, 2020]

West Yellowstone continues to be a quiet safe-haven for us. When we arrived, we were of the understanding that all newcomers from out of state were to observe a 14-day quarantine and prepared for what was probably to be our easiest lockdown since the whole pandemic started. For the first time in two months, we have access to full hookups for our RV as well as trash.

Different rules for different states

While we were on the road, we quickly realized each state had different rules relating to travel. In Idaho, we noticed many rest areas were barricaded and in Utah we were required to complete an online questionnaire within 3 hours of entering the state. Most freeway travel was open and access to fuel centers weren’t an issue. Before we came to Montana, we made sure to check on their current restrictions and as one of the states least affected by Covid-19, Montana was already in the process of re-opening businesses before our arrival. Things are changing almost daily, so if you are planning any travel in the near future, make sure to check each state’s status before you depart.

If you are curious to see what the latest updates are in your area, refer to this Guide to State Coronavirus Reopenings and Lockdowns.

We are free to do….?

After arriving in West, we found out from our employer that the quarantine does not apply to people brought into the state for work. So we are free to move about, but nothing is open. This is typically the time of year when the businesses in town start coming to life and while they are allowed to open, most are choosing to delay until Yellowstone does. So our exciting outing for the week was a trip to the post office and a quick run to the grocery store.

Yes….Billie walked around like this for about 10 minutes

Abbey continues to love daily walks and got spooked by a fox the other evening. The dogs have a new best friend in the neighborhood….a gentleman in a truck stopped by and chatted with us for a bit during one of our walks and just so happened to have a supply of dog biscuits, which made the pups quite happy. Abbey made hers disappear in about 30 seconds and Billie saved hers until we got back to the RV.

When will Yellowstone open?

We’ve been getting asked this question a lot lately. The answer is that it could be relatively soon:

With states surrounding the park loosening stay-at-home and out-of-state quarantine rules, we may see a Yellowstone opening plan as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.

https://yellowstoneinsider.com/2020/05/08/sholly-we-could-see-yellowstone-opening-plan-soon/

That being said, this would be a phased opening with limited services reserved for day-trips only at this point and plans for the hotels and concessions within the park to open within a month after phase one.

Workamping update

Since the candy store we are scheduled to work at for our workamping jobs this season is not open yet, we offered to do odd jobs around the owner’s property in the interim. Russ learned to be careful what you offer as he spent a good portion of Saturday morning powerwashing walls on a building that is going to be repainted. He was soaked and sore by the end of the day!

I’m doing some research on some items that our bosses would like me to help them list for sale online. They have four really cool antique wagons (one is a John Deere) and an antique cast iron furnace that they would like to get rid of. We’re waiting for a day with good weather to pull the wagons out and take some nice photos – don’t worry, i’ll share them with you!

Russ got the ‘bug’

Russ occasionally gets bit by the artistic bug and over the last week, he has been inspired to create several different designs for merchandise (shirts, mugs, totes, sweatshirts, etc) that we have posted onto teespring. Let us know which one is your favorite by commenting below!

Speaking of shopping..

I’ve been doing a bit of shopping myself! Since the laundromat is closed and I have been handwashing laundry since mid-March, we invested in a small portable washing machine and dryer. We just got the dryer on Saturday and are still waiting on the washer. I’ll do a follow-up post on that soon once we have been able to use them. I’m hoping they work well as hanging out in the laundromat has never been my idea of a fun time!

Last but not least!

Happy Birthday to Stacey Forrest! We met Stacey and her husband, Chris this fall when we went to Gatlinburg, TN. If there ever was sunshine embodied in a person, Stacey is it!


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The rumble of thunder and the tap-dancing of rain on our roof woke us in the early morning hours while boondocking at Blackrock Canyon. Having traversed the well-worn dirt road on the way in, we were concerned about getting stuck if the rains were to continue, so we packed up and moved out as the sun rose on the horizon.

Blackrock Canyon Boondocking spot

West Yellowstone was about 158 miles away but we had a few things to take care of before getting to our final destination. Rather than pay ‘mountain prices’ on our groceries up in West, we stopped off at a grocery store in Pocatello, ID to stock up on some dry and canned goods. We were shocked last summer when we were in West Yellowstone and paid nearly two to three times the amount for goods we normally would elsewhere. But with the closest large-scale stores being more than an hour + away in any direction, they can name their price and people will pay it.

I was surprised to see how well the store was stocked. Pretty much anything we were looking for was there so with a full cart I went back to the RV and spent the next hour wiping everything down and trying to figure out where to put things.

Storms rolling in while at the Walmart in Rexburg, ID

Storms continued to follow us, so we pulled into Rexburg, ID, where the last Walmart before you reach West Yellowstone is located. About thirty minutes after we parked, heavy rains descended on us as well as a few minutes of hail. We decided to stay put for the night and travel the rest of the way the next morning.

Again, we woke the next morning with a start as voices and car doors could be heard next to us. It was about 6 a.m. and we looked out the window. While we were parked in the far rear of the parking lot, it seems we were in the area where employees parked. We were quickly being blocked in and if we didn’t act fast, we would probably be stuck until after the day shift started to leave. Russ jumped into the driver’s seat while I watched from the back window and we successfully completed about a 30 point turn to escape.

US Route 20 towards Montana

Now fully awake, we jumped back on Route 20 towards West Yellowstone. The morning was overcast and gloomy but we were still excited. As landmarks and places started to look familiar, we realized how much we had grown to love the little town where we spent last summer.

Thinking back on our first time driving this route, I remember Russ getting excited about seeing the signs that warn of moose crossings. We didn’t see any then and we didn’t see any this time either. What you will see are lots of fields, rolling hills, waterways and the ever-present mountains off in the distance. Even on a gloomy morning, it’s beautiful.

We have arrived at our site where we will be staying for the duration of our workamping jobs this summer. The first thing we did?? Well, since we are plugged in for the first time in months, we stayed up late and binge-watched The Last Kingdom on Netflix and took really long showers!

All settled in at our new spot. Can’t wait until the leaves come in!!

Tune in tomorrow when we go LIVE on YouTube at 1 p.m. EST!!


BOONDOCKING INFO:

Blackrock Canyon, ID

Site notes: Good for any size rig; dirt roads entering (low clearance vehicles might have an issue); Busy area with off-roading activities – can be noisy.

Walmart, Rexburg ID

Site notes: RV friendly. They will direct you to park near garden side – however first shift employees park in the rear of the lot on that side and can block you in. Fuel center, Panda Express, hair salon and T-mobile store share parking lot.

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