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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #60 on: August 31, 2020, 12:42:09 AM »
TR Day 6 and 7 - Friday and Shabbos

In Gillette, Wyoming, I woke up early and saw a bunch of clients over Zoom. And then I promptly went back to sleep. I am slowly discovering that Iím a human being. This traveling is exhilarating - and exhausting. I took my sweet time and got on the road in the early afternoon.

I was planning on staying in Billings, Montana for shabbos (I ditched Bozeman because it was too far and I wanted to use the Beartooth approach to Yellowstone). My dad suggested that I stay in Red Lodge for shabbos, which was an hour closer to Yellowstone. I found a bunch of dumpy places, and then had a conversation with @JuryDuty. He has a real knack for finding the needle in the haystack. A few minutes later, I had a couple of good suggestions, and off I went.

It was a pretty uneventful trip, taking about 4.5 hours for the 300 miles. I made all my shabbos calls, which was nice.

Anyone know this person?


I missed the Welcome to Montana sign. Siri let me know that I had entered Big Sky Country.


I had some trouble finding the hotel, the Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge, Montana. For some reason Waze sent me down a dirt road a few hundred feet away from the turnoff. Itís on the 212 itself, no need to turn off.

I say this because I really hope that some of you take my suggestion and stay here. It was a really great place to hunker down for shabbos. Itís quiet, very peaceful, clean. And I could not believe my eyes and ears when I saw the patio of my room:



What a gorgeous, peaceful view. And the roaring of the river was a beautiful soundtrack for relaxing and falling asleep - I kept the door open all night for mountain air and river sounds. There was a screen door to keep the bugs out.

Where I spent most of shabbos afternoon:



Views of the lobby saturday night, and from the main lodge before shabbos:











Other things to consider: they have manual (actual) keys, so that helps for shabbos as well. Continental breakfast included hechshered oatmeal with hot water. Ask for a room with a river view!

Once again, thank you @JuryDuty for finding this place!

Ok, Iím only one day behind on my TR. Not bad.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #61 on: August 31, 2020, 01:06:08 AM »
Thanks! I'm getting thrilled every time I see there's a new segment.
(Just as a btw, I know it's too late for this advise, but I do have sympathy for your continuous tiredness, I believe that renting a suitable luxury car would be a great solution. I've seen it myself that when driving for an extended period of time, the type of vehicle is what makes it or breaks it, and for tall people particularly. Hopefully your Shabbos rest gave you the perfect revival!)

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #62 on: August 31, 2020, 01:07:31 AM »
Nice place! It's always nice to find those cool, nice places. Was it expensive?
« Last Edit: August 31, 2020, 04:18:26 AM by Something Fishy »

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #63 on: August 31, 2020, 09:44:44 AM »
TR Day 6 and 7 - Friday and Shabbos

In Gillette, Wyoming, I woke up early and saw a bunch of clients over Zoom. And then I promptly went back to sleep. I am slowly discovering that Iím a human being. This traveling is exhilarating - and exhausting. I took my sweet time and got on the road in the early afternoon.

I was planning on staying in Billings, Montana for shabbos (I ditched Bozeman because it was too far and I wanted to use the Beartooth approach to Yellowstone). My dad suggested that I stay in Red Lodge for shabbos, which was an hour closer to Yellowstone. I found a bunch of dumpy places, and then had a conversation with @JuryDuty. He has a real knack for finding the needle in the haystack. A few minutes later, I had a couple of good suggestions, and off I went.

It was a pretty uneventful trip, taking about 4.5 hours for the 300 miles. I made all my shabbos calls, which was nice.

Anyone know this person?



Ok, Iím only one day behind on my TR. Not bad.
Especially driving the whole way and doing all the planning yourself!
We on the DDF are glad to be part of your fan club ;D.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #64 on: August 31, 2020, 10:16:38 AM »
Nice place! It's always nice to find those cool, nice places. Was it expensive?

I don't recall exactly but I think it was under 150 when I searched for it. @shmelive can probably give you a better answer tho
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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #65 on: August 31, 2020, 04:54:37 PM »
Iím having trouble finding info about Sequoia. Rumor is itís closed because of fires. Nothing about Yosemite.
https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #66 on: August 31, 2020, 09:58:58 PM »
Was it expensive?

I believe it was ~$330 for two nights.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #67 on: August 31, 2020, 10:02:29 PM »
Especially driving the whole way and doing all the planning yourself!
We on the DDF are glad to be part of your fan club ;D.
Thank you sir!

I believe that renting a suitable luxury car would be a great solution. I've seen it myself that when driving for an extended period of time, the type of vehicle is what makes it or breaks it, and for tall people particularly. Hopefully your Shabbos rest gave you the perfect revival!
I do have a comfortable car - it's a Camry. Not luxury, but roomy and comfortable. I wanted to drive my own and not rent. Truth is, I believe that I'd be tired no matter what. Travel takes a lot out of me. Never traveled far in a luxury car, though (or first class, for that matter), so I could be wrong!

https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
+1 Exactly what I needed, thank you!

I wonder - if the air quality is as bad as they say, if it's not a good idea to go...

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #68 on: August 31, 2020, 11:41:31 PM »

I wonder - if the air quality is as bad as they say, if it's not a good idea to go...
I've been to Yosemite during a wildfire (2017 IIRC) Was still very enjoyable,  although some roads were closed and some vistas were blanketed in smoke.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #69 on: September 01, 2020, 12:08:44 AM »
I've been to Yosemite during a wildfire (2017 IIRC) Was still very enjoyable,  although some roads were closed and some vistas were blanketed in smoke.
Not all wildfires are in the exact same geographic location...

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #70 on: September 01, 2020, 01:32:09 AM »
Not all wildfires are in the exact same geographic location...
YMMV

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #71 on: September 03, 2020, 06:57:26 AM »
Can we have an update?

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #72 on: September 03, 2020, 02:00:43 PM »
Can we have an update?
All in good time, sir! Weekends are easier. I'll see how much energy I have today.

Teaser: I'm currently in Yosemite. Wow.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #73 on: September 03, 2020, 02:01:52 PM »


Teaser: the sun is on fire

Photo credit: @shmelive
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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #74 on: September 05, 2020, 12:09:11 PM »
Wow the picture is fantastic! I love to photograph the sun!