Yellowstone for 4th of July

Trip #5
Yellowstone, Montana
July 2-5, 2021

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To be honest, this was the trip where we stopped typing summaries of our journeys and just started writing down tidbits in our log book. One of the first of these was the fact that we had Full Service Storage do a “valet delivery” of Al to our house since David was still away on a business trip. What is valet delivery, you ask? I’m so glad you wanted to know! This means that someone else picked up the trailer at the warehouse, drove it up to Park City, and parked it in our driveway for us. We felt like RVoyalty!

This was also the first time – since our very first RV camping trip with the rented Basecamp – that we tried snagging a spot at a first-come-first-served campground. Considering that this was a holiday weekend, we decided to leave Park City at 5:00 a.m. so that, hopefully, we would beat the crowds to our chosen campground: Baker’s Hole Campground in West Yellowstone, Montana. It was a good thing we left so early because when we arrived around Noon there were only two (2!) camp sites left, one of which was a pull-through. Score!

We have learned to use a lot of online resources to plan our adventures and one that we use almost every day is a website called Find Me Gluten Free to help us know which restaurants will be safe for Donna. We knew prior to arrival that we wanted to try the Smokejumper Cafe at the nearby West Yellowstone Airport (KWYS). The owner’s wife has Celiac Disease so they are very careful and knowledgeable. Donna ordered a patty melt with fries. She was in heaven!

The rest of the holiday weekend was spent exploring Yellowstone National Park (with our usual guide from GyPSy Guide GuideAlong) and a drive down to Grand Teton National Park (gotta collect them stamps!). As you would expect, the crowds on this holiday weekend were immense, causing some issues with lines at the Yellowstone entrance station, longer-than-normal waits for to-go orders, and huge masses of people and cars at all of the popular sites. Despite that, we had a great time and a very fun weekend.

Miles: 750


  • Make sure to arrive before Noon for FCFS campsites.
  • Campers don’t stay all weekend so keep your eyes open for empty sites each day in case you want to move sites.

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