Drive to North Yellowstone

Trip Start May 25, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Friday, June 12, 2009

We're glad to be departing the "big city" at last – and we’ve barely been here 24 hours! Today’s highlights (besides leaving Missoula, that is) were Butte and Bozeman, although we really just drove by each one on the freeway so our first impressions are pretty superficial.  But Butte has a place in Edwall history because my dad lived there briefly in the 70’s to escape the rat race…  And the cousin we just visited with in Helena graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, which seems like a nicer, greener and smaller town than Missoula.

Once we got on the road, our female co-captain (the RV’s computer who warns you about “unimportant” things, like low diesel fuel – but the owner’s manuals say the male voice tells you all the “important” stuff!) told us that we were low on propane, which most importantly keeps the fridge running.  After dinner at Wheat Montana in Three Forks again, we stopped in at a nice-looking RV park in Bozeman to buy more.  I started to panic because this park was full and we didn’t know where we would be stopping for the night near Yellowstone’s North Entrance…

After several calls we determined that there are 3 RV parks in this area.  One didn’t answer the phone because we had waited until so late to call that they probably closed the office for the day already.  Another told us that they had spaces available, but would not let us check in as late as we would probably arrive.  They recommended the third park because it was about half an hour closer to where we were (but also half an hour further from Yellowstone’s entrance).  The lady on the phone was very nice and said she would leave our check in info on the porch for us when she went home.

As it turns out, we arrived sooner than expected and Wendy was still in the office.  She checked us into a big spot directly overlooking the Yellowstone River!  The park is very nice but the staff was better.  Phil showed us to our spot and made sure we had the passcodes for wi-fi and their spotless bathrooms.  We fell asleep listening to river noises as the water swished by the rocks right outside.  My only regret was getting here too late to join “the regulars” at their campfire on the lawn – we are told that some of this park’s guests return every summer and stay a month or more!  Lucky ducks!
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