JoDo Chasing Rainbows

West Yellowstone, MT

We decided to make a pit stop in West Yellowstone before we entered the park for work. We needed to make sure all our electronics are updated, write some more blog posts, make sure we have all the fresh vegetables for the next few weeks and finish up e-training for our jobs. The west gate for Yellowstone opened on June 1. We got to West Yellowstone on June 5. We have never witnesses this town so empty. I took this picture looking at the intersection of Madison and Canyon. Our previous experience is that you cannot find a parking space in this area and that the sidewalks are wall to wall with people.

We had already decided before we got here that would eat at local restaurants. Once we enter the park, we are stuck with my cooking. We stopped at a bakery for breakfast. Breakfast croissants that were very satisfying. Over the course of four days we got frozen yogurt and pizza from our favorite place last summer, Pete’s Rocky Mountain Pizza. For dinner we stopped at a barbecue place. I had been smelling the meat cooking all day. You can order meat by the pound. I got a 1/4 lb of brisket, 3 pork ribs and Donna got 1/4 lb smoked turkey. It was so good. We got some of the BBQ sauce but only tasted it. The sauce was good but the meat was superior so that adding extra sauce just seemed wrong. The brisket is some of the best brisket I have ever tasted. I usually get brisket at any new place because if the brisket is good then usually everything else if good. The Firehole Bar-B-Que Co at 120 Firehole Dr. is our new jam. We did not discover this little gem last summer. That has now be rectified. We will be back!

We have experienced all four seasons of weather in our time here. It was 80 degrees when we got her but within 24 hours it started raining and snowing. It felt good to be welcomed back. We put on electric blanket back on the bed; pulled out our winter slippers; and got the heater out. We are ready for anything the weather throws at us.

Have you been to West Yellowstone?

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Idaho Falls, ID

This is our second time to Idaho Falls. Our first time was in June of 2017. We did not see the falls. In fact, until we returned this time that part of our trip was a blur. We had spent the day in Salt Lake, UT before driving up to Idaho Falls. We got to our hotel only to find out the rooms with thin walls. There was a bus tour staying on our floor. They were loud all night. We got up and asked the people next to us to keep their voices down. They did not. We got absolutely no sleep. We tried to get moved to a different floor but the hotel was full. The next morning we went off to the store to buy groceries because our next stop was the Madison Campground in Yellowstone. We drove off without taking in a view of the falls.

Now that we have the RV this no longer happens. Donna and I laughed as we got off the exit to our campground and saw that noisy hotel. Our campground was less than 1/4 mile from the hotel. We learned we could have walked to the falls. In fact, an entrance to the park near the falls was behind that hotel. We made our way to the falls. In the early 1930s they turned this fall into a hydro electric project which provides electricity for the local area. Spring has sprung here. There are beautiful flowers along the walking trail along the Snake River. I also spied some artistic benches along the river. There are 30. I took pictures of four.

This is the last large town will be encounter before we hit West Yellowstone, MT. We finished grocery shopping for dry goods since this is the last time we will have large grocery stores. We updated all our electronics. We are ready to be a little less connected to the world.