I frequently lurk on this board but seldom post and have wrestled with whether I should do a TR or not as we go almost every year so don't hit all the popular spots and our way of doing Yellowstone isn't what's always recommended but then I thought that's exactly why I should do one so here I go!
Traveling were my mom (Ma) and two daughters - K8 and B7, making our way to Yellowstone from our homes on the Oregon coast.
Day 1 4/28
Departure day! We were all pumped and ready to go, got off to a little bit of a late start as Ma is now retired and is used to a life of leisure (ha!) so were on the road by 9:00am. Usually we drive through Oregon in day and stop at Ontario for the night and then go on through Idaho to Yellowstone the next day but because I'm cheap and could get a better hotel rate in Boise this trip we stayed in Boise our first night. The drive was pretty uneventful, girls played on their tablets most of the way, in our normal world we limit screen time but since this was a long day in the car I let them have at it plus they help keep the in car bickering down so much! We saw some deer outside of Bend (we drove hwy 20 over the mountains and through the high desert) where we stopped for lunch. Refreshed we headed out and through my favorite part of the road, I know it seems crazy because it's a pretty empty drive but I love it! Coming from the Oregon coast where we have gorgeous trees and lush fauna everywhere the high desert is so different, it just captures my attention! We saw some antelope between Bend and Burns along with some magpies, hawks and assorted other small birds before stopping in Ontario for a quick dinner and then on to Boise. Stayed at a Best Western for the night where we let the girls swim to expend some energy and then bed.