Turning your usual into spectacular

by Elizabeth Schlesener

Finding the “new” in something familiar can turn an OK trip into a fantastic trip.  My family and I recently returned from an almost two-week excursion out west, and did just this.  Our family is familiar with Montana, as my husband was born and raised there, and all his side of the family still reside in state.  Our “new” in the familiar was having a camping experience while visiting Yellowstone National Park.  It’s fair to say, this was “glamping”, not camping.  We stayed at the Under Canvas, West Yellowstone location and had a great experience. 

The facility was well run and very comfortable.  The views were breathtaking, with glorious sunrises and sunsets.  As someone who intentionally has very little experience sleeping outside, once I acclimated, it became a really unique aspect to our Yellowstone adventure. 

There are different categories of tents, but many have their own private bathrooms (actual toilet, sink, shower).  This picture below is of our Stargazer bed.  You have your own stove, where they provide kindling and wood to keep it going.  For those unfamiliar with this area, it’s perfectly normal for night temps to fall in the upper 30’s.  Yes, even in July. 

Without our current COVID world, I can’t say I would have considered this form of accommodation while visiting Yellowstone.  We were forced to be creative this year, and were gifted with memories that made this trip not familiar, but fantastic.