Friday, June 12th – Bridge Bay Campground to West Yellowstone, MT [Day 9] (60 miles)

Pack up was pretty smooth. My oldest, Sarah, was very helpful. I had become adept at backing up my truck (a bit at a time) and hooking up to the trailer by myself. In the past, my wife would back me up which made the hitching up process go much quicker. Bridge Bay has a dump station, which made made use of. Then we were on our way to West Yellowstone to pick up Christa. We drove north, back through the Hayden Valley (buffalos all over the place) and then headed west at the Canyon Area. A turn south and we headed towards Madison Campground where we would again turn west and head out of the park and into West Yellowstone, MT.

We were to pick up Christa, who was linking up with us. We would all spend the night at Grizzly RV Park to refit from our last few days away for civilization. Grizzly RV Park was nice – a big, modern affair with large sites, super-clean bathrooms, and nice laundry facilities. We checked in and were greeted by a staff of what appeared to be semi-retired, semi-nomatic senior citizens. I quickly found my pull-through site, dropped the trailer, hooked up the electricity, and headed to pick up Christa.

West Yellowstone is a tourist town. Let there be no doubt. Lots of shops to sell you stuff you really don’t need. We zipped through the small town, heading a short distance north to the airport. Christa had already landed! We linked up at the airport restaurant and enjoyed a great meal.

Back at the Grizzly RV Park we were able to shower and do laundry. We also continued our trend of eating out for dinner. We were ready to start our trip north to Glacier National Park.