My biggest take away from the Utah trip is that you can not control Mother Nature. Although it rained almost every day we were traveling, I believe we still were able to hit most of the important parts of the trip. I also think that because I researched the area so heavily prior to our trip I was able to modify on the fly which turned out to be very helpful while accommodating the weather.
Another take away was traveling by car is expensive. I outlined a few tips in a previous post on cutting down costs but I know I have a lot more work to do. Aside from my housing costs, my vacation costs are my second biggest expense every year. In order for me to keep traveling I must work on getting my costs down as much as possible. Cutting out travel is not an option, in fact I would love to increase it and the only way I can do that is by cutting my costs down.
Traveling with a dog can be quite the on taking but it is totally worth it. After coming to terms with the National Parks not being dog friendly I have focused more on state parks now. They are usually dog friendly, the entry fee is most likely less than a National Park and if you find a State Park near a National Park, they often have the same scenery. Why pay more when you don’t have to?
Dog boarding will now become a tool for when Boomer and I travel together. There will be the occasional National Park I do not want to trade for a state park and instead of leaving Boomer in the car I will drop him off at day care. I have let go of my negative feeling towards pet boarding and have decided to embrace boarding. I will try to avoid any overnight stays for him but a few daycare drop offs really paid off on this trip. Boomer was much more happy in the truck while traveling with a few days broken up by pet daycare.
A pearl of wisdom I got from our trip to Utah: I can never rely on myself to start a fire to cook my dinner over. I had a few dinners planned to cook over the fire ring at the KOAs. Wet wood and my lack of pyro expertise did not pan out well. Luckily I had back up food but it was disappointing as I love a good campfire.
Lastly I know that while traveling by car I will most likely get stuck behind one of these… often…
Below is a photo recap of our trip to Idaho, Utah and Montana. I hope you enjoy!