"We could move HERE for a year," Tim glanced over at me as we drove into the glory of the state of Montana. I knew he was completely serious. He would like the mountain life - a log home, a sparkling creek, a porch swing, snowy winters, little ones running in the wild flowers, long days of hard work followed by cozy nights under a quilt.
We were under the spell of Yellowstone for four nights. Tim's cousin drove up from New Mexico with his wife and five kids. We all parked at the Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone, Montana (a cozy town with plentiful amenities, just seconds away from the west entrance of the national park).
Our entourage of four adults and seven kids drove through the rugged beauty of the park - stopping to admire the might of Old Faithful, the speed of a Grizzly Bear, the magnificence of waterfalls, and the extraordinary colors of nature. It all invokes a certain quiet reverence.
One afternoon, we visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, an animal sanctuary located one block from the park entrance. Afterward, all seven little ones had a blast at the on-site playground.
Then, we wandered around West Yellowstone's downtown and ate at a pizza joint with sidewalk dining. Later that night, the adults "traded off" going to the Yellowstone IMAX show, a wonderful recap of the park's history. Also, the theatre sells 50cent soft-serve cones!
Will we move to Montana? It's possible (but then again, anything's possible at this point). Will we come back to West Yellowstone? For sure.
Have you ever been to West Yellowstone, MT? What did you like/not like about it?
* Special thanks to the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce for our campground spot and passes to area attractions.