We just got back from a road trip to Yellowstone National Park.
It was the longest drive we’ve ever taken as a family. Over 15 hours each way.
We passed through parts of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The red, dry deserts gave way to green flatlands interlaced with flowing rivers surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It’s easy to see the lure of fly-fishing out there. So peaceful.
Yellowstone is known for it’s thermal features, geysers in particular. Old Faithful did not disappoint nor did the clear blue thermal pools. It stayed light until after 9pm, so we could explore the area well after dinner.
As long as we had bug spray.
Eating on vacations in general can be tricky, but road trips pose their own special kind of challenge.
Most roadside diners aren’t well known for their locally grown, organic, seasonal vegetable offerings. “Comfort” food is more the name of the game. Beige and carb-y.
I needed a plan.
For both the driving days and the Park days here were my guidelines:
I ended up gaining 1.5 lbs. after the 7 days, which was gone after one day of my usual fare at home. I’d call that a success.
Planning as best you can, being flexible and resuming your usual routine once home will make the trip that much more enjoyable. So the only thing you will permanently bring home is pictures.