A Random Wednesday

“Some days are better than others, but most are better than average.” – Jason Wynn

Recently we’ve been just kinda figuring out our routine. One thing that has definitely been a bit eye opening is that, surprise surprise, we still have to work during the day. Our life isn’t one giant vacation despite how much we may make it look like that on Facebook, Instagram, and this blog.

All that said, Wednesday was pretty darn good for a random Wednesday. We’re camped at the Madison Arm Resort near West Yellowstone, MT just outside of Yellowstone National Park.


It’s on the edge of Hebgen Lake, so I woke up a little early, climbed out of the super comfy bed and hopped in one of my kayaks to do a dawn patrol paddle across the lake and back.


Then it was time for work so I turned on our cell booster and jumped online for a morning meeting and started the day at work. Meanwhile, Allison researched what stores were around and then ran into town and bought some supplies we needed (groceries and a handful of things from the hardware and auto parts stores). When she got back, she started doing some freelance writing work she’s been picking up. We bounced back and forth between inside and out by the lake as the temperature changed and we needed a change of scenery.

Finally around 5pm we closed up the laptops, grabbed some food (slow cooker chili 🙂 ) and then drove into Yellowstone National Park, like you do, on a Wednesday, after work, because it was there. About an hour later we had driven by six bison and two moose, and were walking around, waiting for Old Faithful to go off.

There were about a million geysers. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to come upon these in the 1800s when the area was first being discovered.

Fortunately it finally erupted and we got our classic picture:


We then drove back the way we came but we had heard about the Firehole River Swimming area so we drove up Firehole Canyon Road and saw some sweet waterfalls:

Even Allison agreed this one was runnable, just not by me.

before getting skunked at the swimming area which was closed for high water. By that point it was kinda late so we decided to head home but stopped along the way for this shot of the Midway Geyser Basin, home of the Grand Prismatic Spring.



And this fantastic sunset:



Finally we rolled into home around 9:30 and fell asleep in our own bed, ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Granted not all of our days are this awesome, but it’s days like this that remind us why we set off on this trip in the first place.

6 thoughts on “A Random Wednesday

    1. Absolutely! We hate driving the RV itself (it drives like an 80’s pickup with too much weight in the back), so we usually try to just set up shop for a week or more without moving and drive the car around to do errands or see fun things.


  1. Nik,
    Our current plans are mimicking your’s to the T. We are downsizing, selling our house and moving into our 5th wheel. We have a 100w solar panel currently but will be upgrading with more panels. I’ve purchased the Trimetic and solar controller and we will have a 4 battery system because we have the batteries. My question is – do we need to have the cut-off switches on either side of the controller? Do we need to have the ability to turn off the solar system when we plug into shore power?
    Great blog – very informative. Looking forward to following your adventure.
    CJ Montana


    1. Congrats, enjoy your trip! For the cutoff switches, I’m a fan of switches or circuit breakers everywhere because they make is much safer to do work on the system. I use a circuit breaker on either side of my controller. One so I can isolate the panels and to protect the wiring to the roof from shorts and a second to isolate the solar controller and protect the wiring between it and the batteries from shorts because all wires connected to the positive side of the batteries need a fuse or breaker. That said, you probably don’t need to turn off the solar when plugged in to shore power (we don’t), but it will depend on what your rig’s converter does (or your inverter charger if you have one with an integrated transfer switch like ours). Generally, worst case, the solar controller and the converter can just trick each other into going into the float phase too early which slows charging but doesn’t hurt anything.


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