A roadtrip, in numbers
States we drove through: 3 (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana)
Battery of 120 gig ipod used: almost the entire thing
Campsites: 2 (Rawlins, WY KOA; Yellowstone backcountry)
Cheap-ass motels with funny squeaky beds and ridiculous “art”: 1, in Billings, Montana
Mosquito carcasses on the outside of our tent (between the rain fly and the tent itself): Lots and lots
Things we learned:
Sometimes, we don’t prepare for every circumstance. We encountered a lot of serious weather (rain, hail, thunder, lightning) each night of our trip, and more importantly, we FORGOT THE BUG SPRAY. Our campsite in Yellowstone was 4 miles into an amazing hike, by a creek that empties swampily into a pristinely beautiful lake, at least a half a mile away from any other people. This meant that we were by far the biggest mosquito targets around.
Here you see our backpacks geared to avoid attracting bears and getting wet. It poured rain most of the night we spent there.
Small towels can work relatively well as makeshift horse tails to swat at mosquitoes, but when you’re in a permanent cloud of hundreds or thousands of them, swatting doesn’t really help.
Mind over matter (our bites don’t itch!) only works so well.
Montana is amazingly beautiful, but the cities and towns we drove through weren’t especially impressive.
Casper, WY isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, either. No public art that we could see, and the whole downtown was closed on Sunday.
It’s OK to cut a trip a day short. It’s nice to have a day at home to recover before having to return to real life.