The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!“To a Mouse” by Robert Burns (literacydevices.net)
These words ring as true today as they did back when written in 1786. If Robert Burns were alive today, perhaps he would have titled his poem, “To a Camper.” Or maybe even “To Betty and Dan.”
You may remember my post, “How to Get Reservations at a Popular Campground.” Perhaps you remember another quote, something to the effect that man makes plans and God laughs. But I don’t think anybody, God included, is laughing about what has happened in Yellowstone National park.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Believe me, I know having to rearrange travel plans is nothing compared to the upheaval and loss many have experienced. I am confident though, our National Park authorities will make wise decisions about the path forward.
Speaking of the path forward, our reservations for ten days at Fishing Bridge campground in Yellowstone beginning mid-August are quite uncertain at this point. However, we are not cancelling anything right now. We will just wait and see what happens.
This is likely a once in a lifetime trip for us. I mean it’s possible we would visit the area again, but at our age, there are many places we want to see. Time and money, as always, are the limiting factors, as is health.
A total guess (and I stress “total” and “guess”) is that the campground and the south area of the park will be open by mid-August (likely sooner), but the north area will remain closed for quite some time. If that is the case, I’d also guess, we would still go and see and do whatever we can. There are always more activities and things to see than time usually allows anyway.
This kind of reminds me of when we had plans to visit Gulf State Park. The first time, we postponed our plans because of Covid. While we still could have camped, everything else, including the beach, was closed. The second time, we drove around Mississippi in a great big circle, as we were trying to avoid Hurricane Sally. The state park was damaged and cancelled our reservations.
Perhaps I should contact places we plan to visit, give them our history, and see if they will pay us not to come. That’s a whole new twist on writing travel blogs for profit.
In any case, everything will work out one way or another.
Maybe we could come visit you?