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SE2:EP6 Battle of Little Bighorn and West Yellowstone

SE2:EP6 Full-time RV life, Battle of Little Bighorn and West Yellowstone

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This week we travel 582 miles! We had a day off from Kerry’s workamping job so we trekked out to Garryowen, Montana by taking the 191-N out of West Yellowstone to the I-90E and reversed it for the trip back to West Yellowstone. The roads on the 191 can be very curvy at times and there are areas of steep grades. While driving on the 191, you will see signs that encourage larger/slower moving vehicles to move to the pull-offs (located at least every mile or so) if you have more than 4 vehicles behind you, so that they may pass. Thankfully, the weather cooperated and it was a fairly easy drive. There were two rest areas along the I-90 between Bozeman and our destination that had plenty of room for RVs of all sizes. 


While we were on the road, we boondocked one night at a Walmart in Bozeman (1500 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT) and one night at the 7th Ranch RV Park (https://www.historicwest.com/). It was our first time boondocking at a Walmart and we have to say, it is pretty convenient! We were able to do a big grocery shopping and resupply some of the heavier items that are more difficult for us to carry on our bikes when we go shopping in West Yellowstone. 


Little Bighorn National Monument

We got to explore the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument https://www.nps.gov/libi/index.htm  Russ has done a lot of reading on this period in history and this is our second visit to the site. If you are able, sit in on one of the rangers talks or watch the video in the visitor’s center. The drive that overlooks the different areas from the battle is well worth your time and there is an audio tour to further explain certain areas of interest. They have markers at each location with a number to dial to hear the details.  

Audio tour markers at Little Bighorn National Monument

While at the visitor’s center, Russ picked up some items to decorate his new hat…..

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And we got another National Park sticker for our RV! 


While on our trip, we noticed some leaking up by the driver’s side window. We stopped off at an RV supply store just outside of Bozeman and picked up some self-leveling lap sealant by dicor (links on our Products We Use page) and when we get back into West Yellowstone, we will investigate and try to fix the leak. 


We had a visitor to our campsite! A fox saw Russ getting the dog’s food ready and came to see if there was a bowl for him! The little guy appeared friendly, but we didn’t interact. The poor thing appears to have a bit of mange as well. We will take extra care when taking little Billie out for her daily walks though!


Click here   https://theroadsweroam.com/2019/06/01/recipe-of-the-week-mongolian-beef/ to get Kerry’s recipe of the week for Mongolian Beef! This can easily be made in your RV – no oven needed. 

Mongolian Beef

That’s all for this week! Safe travels,

Russ & Kerry


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SE2:EP4 West Yellowstone, workamping and a leak!

Russ and Kerry are full-time RVers and take you along with them each week as they give you a glimpse into RV life and their travels!

SE2:EP4 The Roads We Roam


Because we arrived in town a few days before Kerry’s work-camp job, we didn’t have far to travel. We left our site at Grizzly RV Park and only drove a half a mile up the street to our location. 


There are a few campgrounds in West Yellowstone, but there are also a lot of RV spots tucked in wherever people could fit them. The one provided by our work-camp opportunity is like this – our spot is tucked in to the parking lot of an apartment complex. There are trees that afford us a good amount of privacy and we are within walking/biking distance of just about everything in town. We have been told that in just a few weeks, there will be bumper to bumper traffic in this area, so our location is exceptionally convenient. 

The best part about our spot is the lot and utilities are all included – in addition to Kerry’s pay for hours worked. Quite a few work-camping opportunities offer a similar set up – not bad!


We continue to explore the local area. One of the great benefits of RVing is that you get to take your time and really enjoy and learn about an area. This week, we started to explore more of the town of West Yellowstone. 

An increase in travelers had been coming through to visit Yellowstone National Park since it was established in 1872. In the early 1900’s the Union Pacific Railroad laid tracks right up to the western edge of the park, leading to the development of the town. We stopped at Eagle’s Store, located on 3 N Canyon St which is the first business in the area serving as a general store for early visitors and locals. It started off as a 12 x 12 ft building, which was razed and was rebuilt and added onto over the years. From what we can tell, it is still owned and operated by the Eagles family!


One thing we noted were the abundance of signs outside of businesses in the area with “No Pets Allowed” on their doors. There are also not many places to sit and eat outside if you happen to have your dog with you either. 


Come each May, these signs are everywhere in West Yellowstone. The town has a population of about 1200, but in the summer hundreds of seasonal workers come in from all over to help with the millions of visitors that come through the area. During our walk around town, we saw no less than ten “Help Wanted” signs!


We had an item shipped to the local post office and were notified it had arrived. We rode our bikes down on Saturday morning and were surprised to find the post office in West Yellowstone is only open Monday through Friday!  We did find a shipping center (located at 30 Madison Ave) that can receive FedEx and UPS shipments for us for a $2 per package fee. Since Amazon ships a lot of items via Fedex and the post office won’t accept those under General Delivery, this is a good option to know about. 


The closest Walmart is 90 miles away in Bozeman, MT. There are, however, two small grocery stores in town. We have found that Market Place, located at 22 Madison Ave has a larger variety of items and the prices, while more expensive than what you would find at a Walmart, are still reasonable. 


Kerry started her first ever workamper job at Outpost Sweet Treats, located at 115 Yellowstone Ave – if you are coming through the area this summer, stop by and say hello! People have asked how she found this position – she found it through https://workamper.com


We have had a lot of rain over the last few days and last night, Russ noticed a leak in the ceiling of the motorhome. The good news? It is in the bathroom and the dripping water falls right into the bathtub. The bad news? Russ has to climb up on the roof in 30 degree weather to repair the caulking!


The name of this recipe has been under discussion for 20+ years in the Balbirona household. Russ calls it “Balbirona Slop” and Kerry just refers to it as “Goulash”. Whatever you want to call it, it is good. It’s perfect for potlucks and large crowds  and it is one of those foods that tastes even better the next day as leftovers! Click here for the recipe: https://theroadsweroam.com/?p=1744

Thanks for joining us this week! 

Safe travels, 

Russ & Kerry