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.
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!
Even though we were considered exempt from the 14 day quarantine because we were brought in for work (which we found out after we arrived), that time has come and gone. The candy store where we are scheduled to work still doesn’t have a scheduled date to open yet.
Latest Yellowstone updates
Most of the town is waiting for the word from the governor to lift the 14 day quarantine restriction for people coming in from out of state. The chamber of commerce recently sent a letter to plead the case to lift the restriction.
This is important because Yellowstone NP has reopened. However, because of the travel restrictions in Montana, only the south and east gates in Wyoming have opened.
Like other national parks that have just reopened, they are open for day-use only with limited access to buildings and no concessions. There is a plan to evaluate after 30 days how well tourists can be managed to practice social distancing. It looks like its not off to the best start if you read the news article from The Guardian‘Not a mask in sight’: Thousands flock to Yellowstone as Park Reopens . Here’s a quick outline of the NPS plan for the park:
Cold weather continues
The weather hasn’t been cooperating very much for us to get out and explore either. Today’s high is set to be 44 and 2-5 inches of snow is in the forecast between now and tomorrow morning. Thankfully we don’t have to travel, so I can appreciate the beauty of it (from inside our toasty-warm RV)!
Meeting other workampers
Russ ran into town and while at the grocery store we was recognized by a fellow YouTuber, Chris from Midlife Journey. I had communicated with Chris and his wife, Barbara this past fall when they were asking questions about workamping opportunities in West Yellowstone. Russ was totally caught off-guard and stood there for a few seconds with a blank look on his face as he was trying to figure out how someone knew who he was. Chris and Barbara will be working at the Imax theater in town, so if you come through this way, make sure to say hello to them!
Speaking of Russ going to the grocery store…. groceries here in West are pricey and the closest Walmart is 78 miles away in Rexburg, ID. We heard the prices for meat were going to be higher given the ongoing pandemic issues, but we were shocked to find a small corned beef brisket priced at more than $25!! Maybe its time we become vegetarians….