Day 3, Wednesday, July 26, 2017
I woke up to a breeze at our campground in Arco, Idaho, and knew that it would start raining soon. And it did – pretty much immediately after I had that first thought about it. I got up and got going quickly, tearing down my tent and getting it all packed up and ready to go before the rain got too heavy. I went and showered, since the kids were not as motivated to get moving! After that, I took them for waffles at the breakfast bar at the campground, while Michael and Susanna packed up their stuff. YUM!
We finally got everything and everyone in the van and hit the road; we decided to stop at Cabela’s for rain jackets for the kids. Note: some kids HATE rain jackets – they feel “funny,” so you can imagine how this trip went! We also got a pop-up rain/shade tent thing for any rainy days along the way. Then we were all set! Today was the day we were getting to Yellowstone!
There is a lot of driving on the way to Wyoming, by the way, but soon we made it! We got into the park through the West Entrance and fairly soon we saw our first wildlife – a couple of elk! The kids were fascinated. We also saw a few bison and some pelicans and geese.
We didn’t want to do too much sightseeing though, because we needed to get our campsite set up and ready for our five nights there! We checked in, got firewood, got our campsite number, and headed over to see where we would be! Our site was in the trees and on a small slope, so we really had to scope out our spots for two tents. We got tents up, got our shade/rain tent up and got settled in. My tent was only about 20 feet from my brother’s, but at night, was I far enough away that I would get eaten by bears!?
We had a fire, and turned in relatively early, and of course it rained… Hard! But my little tent stayed dry!
Distance for the Day: 2 hours, 53 minutes; 167 miles
Yellowstone Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle for 7 days, free with a National Parks Pass
Canyon Campground, Yellowstone National Park: $30 per night for a tent site