We are finally heading to Yellowstone this summer, so we are in our “Prepping for Yellowstone” mode!
It’s been on my bucket list for a few years, and it’s happening! We are huge supporters of visiting national parks for our summer vacations, having been to Crater Lake, Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Moab the past couple of years.
My husband is an information junkie, reading EVERY information station, history board etc…. He will tell us all about the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) and without it we wouldn’t have such amazing national parks. It really is a pretty amazing story.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 18–25. Robert Fechner was the head of the agency. A part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 3 million young men participated in the CCC, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a small wage of $30 a month ($25 of which had to be sent home to their families).
We’ll be staying in West Yellowstone for 4 nights at the Three Bear Lodge.
After a ton of research, we settled on West Yellowstone because my sister will be coming from the Salt Lake area and we’ll be coming from the Portland area. It just made sense to meet on this side of Yellowstone and this lodge had everything we needed. Comfortable and nicely decorated rooms……. we won’t be inside much, but when I am, I don’t want to be staying in some plain jane lodge. I wanted something that was affordable but also came with a little history. They even have cabins! But I wasn’t quick enough in booking.
They will even let us bring our dog if we wanted, since some of their properties are pet friendly. We’re excited! It’s become a tradition to all vacation somewhere together each summer.
We’ll be trying to see as much of Yellowstone in 4 days as possible. A ton of hiking, exploring, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. I’ll be instagraming and taking you along on my journey. I bet you can hardly wait.
After hiking “The Narrows” last year with my see through shorts, I am on the look out for some good hiking clothes. I’m thinking maybe a skirt? Layered tops and of course a hat! And shoes……..can’t forget shoes. I may branch out and hike in something other than my Cleo Crocs .
They don’t look like good hiking shoes, but those babies have taken me through Moab, the Grand Canyon and parts of Zion. I’ve gone through 4 pair!
- Have you been to Yellowstone?
- What are your favorite shoes to hike in?
- I need audio book suggestions for the drive.
Thank you for highlighting CCC I grew up in the Black Hills think Mt Rushmore,the roads all around thank you CCC. The lodges at Custer,over and over their is a story. Proud of my Uncle he was in charge of many of the programs.I know you are having fun
Trish @TheOldPostRoad says
Jealous! We traveled there a few summers ago, in 09 – LOVED it. Here is a post I wrote afterwards.. http://theoldpostroadblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/america-is-beautiful.html
and here is another… http://theoldpostroadblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/tub-with-no-shower-no-problem.html
Definitely go into the Old Faithful Inn to see the building. We loved the Lamar Valley early in the am – lots of wildlife. Rafting the Snake River was fun. The Cody rodeo was the highlight of the trip for the kids. Ranger stuff is always great. Have a wonderful trip and enjoy the pleasant weather!
I’ve been! With our kids. And I have two tips. 1st you HAVE to buy Yellowstone Treasures. It’s a mile by mile guide and is amazing! 2nd, we would set our alarms for 5 am and do a wildlife loop. We saw TONS of animals with no traffic. Then we’d go back to our hotel and have breakfast and relax. Then leave to do traditional stuff like geysers, paint pots, artists point, etc. Then we’d come back again for a nap at 3:00. Then dinner and evening ranger stuff. It was the perfect schedule.
Great tips!! I’ll have to look into that Yellowstone Treasures and getting up early for a loop sounds perfect!! Thank you!