Before talking about our change of plans, I want to talk about the RV Park we just came from, and the ones here in West Yellowstone, where we traveled today (no pics of today's travels).
Look how EMPTY the park is when we arrived a few days ago, and it pretty much stayed that way. Then WHY, WHY, WHY did we end up like this:
Yes, smashed between two 5th wheels, and look closely in that picture to the right, do you see them???
Yes, those chairs…those are not camping chairs…they are not adult chairs…they are LITTLE KIDS CHAIRS, and I do mean LITTLE! The only saving grace was that these people left the park (kept the 5th wheel there) after the man of the family got home from work. I saw the young mother loading up blankets, some food, and a suitcase which looked like it could carry a couple days worth of clothing. WOW, we dodged that bullet. Our electric and water hooked up on the other side, what most call the wrong side. Due to a mechanical breakdown, that 5th wheel left after he got home from work on Thursday, but when he disconnected his water, ours got turned off too. Should have taken a picture of this configuration, but we were split on a main spicket, but he had now way to turn his water off except by the main spicket, while we had a separate faucet knob. When he left, he should have moved us over to the main, but he just turned it off and jammed, never saying a word.
So WHY did the park bunch four of us up to within five spots, three in a row, an empty, then a fourth RV, while so many other spots were OPEN??? It just does not make sense. Saw a sign that said the park, Teton Valley RV Park by the way, that it was up for sale. Like other Passport America parks this one is old, but that does not mean you have to bunch everyone up together so that you can hear dogs bark, babies (kids) cry, etc., etc., when the park is not even 1/3 full.
And here in West Yellowstone the RV park prices are out of this world! We are at the Rustic Wagon RV Campground & Cabins, a park which has been around since the early 1960’s. Cost is $48 per night, discounted rates by 10%. It has been in the owner’s family from the beginning, and he has owned it since the late 1990’s, and until last month, owned another one down the street called Wagon Wheel RV Park, which was just bought by a Chinese group. He said that they immediately pushed their prices up to $95 per night. The KOAs, two of them just outside of town, are charging $65-$70 per night when they open in the next week or two, more later in the season. The owner here said that other RV parks have boosted their prices up to the $89 per night range too. Drove by the Wagon Wheel, and they don’t have anyone in there, yet they are open. Perhaps in the middle of the summer they will get some business…but now, these prices are just crazy. As for the Rustic Wagon, where we are, their website says, “Monthly & Off-Season Rates available on Request”, yet when I inquired about weekly and Off-Season rates, I was politely told that there is no such thing. I guess the $48 per night for full hookups isn't that bad after all, and there are trees between the sites in this quaint little park. (Last time we stayed at Henrys Lake State Park about 18 miles away in Idaho. There is a Passport America park near there that opens on the 15th where you can stay for $25 per night for two nights.)