Here’s the basic plan:

Fly to Butte, MT and get to Bozeman, MT. From there we pick up an RV and drive from Montana down to Yellowstone then all the way back to Texas. Brad searched for an RV, thinking that it would be a better choice to save us time and money from Hotels/Inns.

What I’ve learned so far doing some research:

Brad found us an RV and we went and checked one out to see the “accommodations,” I think this will suffice. Most RV rentals are roundtrip, but for a fee you can take them one-way. Since we are planning so far in advance (6+ months), accommodating our request for the one way was relatively easy through Cruise America. We booked a 25′ vehicle, which should get us through to all the parks we plan on visiting. Costs for the RV can range and they require you to have insurance {awesome}. Depending on the milage you drive the pricing will change; but since we will be driving to Texas, you can bet we will put some good milage on that baby. The RV totaled out be be around $2000. Not too terrible for a 10 day trip ($200/day). The thought of saving time from stopping for bathroom or snack breaks and having to pack/ unpack your suit case for a hotel stay or even having to veer off course just to get to that “holiday inn,” I’m pretty sure its worth it!

First we’ll be making our way to Yellowstone. According to the National Park Service website there will be limited roads accessible during our visit. There will also be limited shops and campsites available; another great reason to get that RV! I spent a few hours looking at the Yellowstone NPS page. Here are some rather interesting and fun facts:

Wolf scat is basically just wolf shit. Don’t touch it.
Don’t feed any animals. Period.
Coyotes are cute, they will beg for food. Don’t give in. No matter how good they are at “puppy eyes.”
Ravens are sneaky fuckers.
Don’t let your dogs or kids off their leash. They could die.
Look out for Bison.
Stay on the bridges.
22 people had died at Yellowstone
Figuring out our route is going to be crucial on this trip as it will still technically be their winter season in March. Weather is suggested a high of 40º and low of 17º with chances of snow up to 12″ {that could fall in 24 hours}; Im pretty sure that I’m going to be cold! The North entrance of Yellowstone is always open and they have options for you to take snowmobiles or snow buses to get to and from certain areas (choosing these options can run you $350/day for a double person snowmobile or more). We opted out of them, but they won’t be running anymore by the time we arrive {a savings of $350 right there!}.

I think the “coolest”{wow! I’m a 90’s kid} thing that I discovered is the NPS App. I have yet to actually download it but it seems totally worth it:

AND there is a Geyser App {Whaaaat?!}-tells you predicted times that each geyser may go off and how far between they think it will erupt. I think it even gives info. on the geyser itself and possible maps to each. {downloading it}

One thing I’m excited to see– Animals! Not sure if there will be as many as I anticipate to see out during March, but many of my findings say to look out for: Grizzly Bears, Moose, Wolves, Coyotes, and Birds (Neotropical). Im really not sure how I’m going to handle such things; since I geek out every time I see one of those cute otter videos {I want one}!

We plan to stay here in Yellowstone for at least 2 days and then trail down to the Grand Tetons.

As far as I have gotten doing my research with this set of Mountains, is the history: They have been around for 11,000 years. The land was once roamed by Nomadic paleo-indians, euro americans and so on… The area is known for its harsh climate during winter but abundant summers. Glaciers were very much present in this area and can still be seen. Mountain men trekked this area for furs (beaver) until the beaver became few and far between. Men like Davey Jackson, who the town Jackson Hole was named after were based out of this area to trap. As the western pioneers continued to try and set up homesteads in the area, they soon realized the difficulty trying to grow crops and live. Easterners came out to Jackson Hole to have a “cowboy” experience (this is where dude-ranching came in). There were dance halls, casinos, and lodging. Eventually FDR and John Rockefeller had taken it upon themselves to ensure preservation of this area and soon it became a National Park. If you want to learn more visit NPS (I found some of the history to be really interesting).

After stopping at the Tetons, we’ll be heading south to Utah!

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