If there's anything I want to know before a trip, it's how I can do it for less money. In the beginning of June, I set out to Wyoming to visit some of the coolest national parks in the country. During my trip, I learned some of the best ways to save a dollar while national park hopping. This week I'm talking about the greatest ways to save in Yellowstone. Whose ready to do Yellowstone on a budget? Here's Five Money-Saving Tips for Yellowstone You Need to Know...
1. Where to stay:
To save money, I would definitely consider camping inside the park or staying at a hotel in a nearby town. Lodging inside the park starts at $200 a night on weekdays and this is booking one year in advance.
Camping would be the cheapest route. Their nightly rate starts at $25.25 on a weekday and this is booking a month in advance as well. As much as I love camping, I went to the park alone so I wasn’t gonna try to do that lol!
Although, my hotel was SUPER close to the park and BEYOND what I expected. I stayed at Sawtelle Mountain Resort in Island Park, ID for $191 (with tax), which is about 35 minutes from the West Yellowstone Entrance. I did choose the deluxe room option because it wasn’t much more! Damn though, it was the perfect room to relax and crash. AND HOW ABOUT THIS BATHROOM?! Kinda felt like I was at a Ritz.
If you plan on visiting three or more national parks this year, I’d purchase an America the Beautiful pass. The pass is $80, so if you think about it, you’d spend $90 to visit three national parks for full price. With this pass, you have access to ALL national parks. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a better deal.
*I bought mine with cash at the Moran Entrance Station in Grand Teton.
3. What to eat:
If you’re camping, try to bring as much food as possible. The park does have a few general stores, but buying the bulk of your groceries here may be overwhelming and expensive. If you’re staying outside of the park, I would bring along a few meals as well.
There isn’t a super great selection of hot food, unless you can live off of hotdogs and cold pretzels. Inside their lodges, they have a few restaurants, so eating one meal in the park could be manageable.
4. Map out your itinerary:
If you only have 24-48 hours, map out your day’s itinerary. I GET IT. Let’s just show up and be flexible. Trust me, I thought that too. I JUST WANNA GO WHERE THE ROAD TAKES ME. If you have a week to spare, go ahead, do that. If not, you need a plan. This isn’t a theme park, everything is spread out. And by spread out I mean MILES apart. Therefore, collect your “must sees” and form an itinerary based on every site’s location. I wasted SO much gas. Don’t be me.
*Click here to download the map.
5. Skip Tower Fall
Skip Tower Fall if you aren’t ready to hike. I arrived here around midday (after been hiking since 6am) and I was not about to use the rest of my energy to walk to the bottom of this thing. I walked to the observer deck and after the hourish drive, I was kind of disappointed.
If you’re in town for 24 hours, don’t waste gas on the drive there, it’s pretty out of the way. For 48 hours, decide if this is gonna be your “hiking” site, because going to get a glimpse, isn’t worth it.
Whose ready to go to Yellowstone and NOT BREAK THE BANK? All y'all better be raising your hand. I hope these tips help you plan a crazy fun trip that's REASONABLY priced! :)
*If you have a money-saving tip I didn't mention, DROP IT BELOW! I know I'll be going back.
*What's your favorite Yellowstone site and WHY?
How would you describe your prayer life? When I first watched the movie War Room, I wasn't expecting to learn much. I had been praying all my life- I know the foundation of prayer. But...did I really? For me, this movie had sparked an important revelation. I was praying without passion.
I don't think I can say this about my entire walk of faith, but I had definitely fallen into a loop of "praying wasn't my favorite part of devotions." That's why when I saw this movie, I knew I needed to make a change. For those of you who don't know, a war room is a spiritual room or closet to pray in private. The original term "war room" comes from a military or political background of making strategies for war. I've really enjoyed trying my hand at making my own war room and that's why I put together How to Create a War Room in Three Easy Steps...
1. Pick a spot.
In my old apartment, my roommates and I created a war room in our hallway closet. We had a few things on shelves, but other than that, it was pretty spacious. Your space is your space. Make it your own! During the movie, the main character emptied her entire closet and then started writing her prayers, so however you want to do this is great.
This summer, I'm back at my parents house in my hometown. Therefore, I improvised a little and used one of the bare walls in my bedroom. Do what ya gotta do!
2. Write down your prayers.
Everyone does this differently. In the movie, she liked to write out her exact prayer in paragraph form. Although, I like to write down the general idea then elaborate on the spot. This is my favorite part, especially because you can get creative. I like to make three columns: prayers, hardest battles, and answered prayers. Then, I usually spend five to thirty minutes praying. Start with small time increments and work your way up.
*Prayers: I normally have five to ten prayers up under the first column! I like to remember the origin of "war room" when I write these out. Put a little fight into your prayer. Add passion ~ what do you want to feel? Energy? Creativity? Enjoyment? Ask for it, He'll deliver. What individuals are hurting in your world? (Try to think on a local, regional, national, and international level) How can you serve this week? Who needs your presence more than ever?
*Hardest battles: Under hardest battles, I like to place one to three of my prayers. What is kicking you in the butt? What instantly brings you to tears? Write out that fear. Tell God how much it hurts. Tell Him this is your hardest battle. Look up scripture that relates and use it as your anthem this upcoming week.
*Answered prayers: Lol, I kinda forgot where I learned about this trick, but it was from this movie! Anyway, when a prayer is answered, I like to move it over to this column. It's easy to psych yourself out and feel like an answer isn't on the way. However, this practice helps me remember He is a God of promises, promises that He keeps. After a week or so, you will be EMOTIONAL with how well God comes through for you. This practice keeps me humbly aware of who is in control and how I can better acknowledge things that normally go unnoticed.
3. Add things that are important to you.
During prayer, I think it's important to remember whose rooting for you. I like to tape up my favorite photos or verses. :) These photos also serve as a reminder to pray individually for the people in your support system. Decorate with things you love.
A few verses I might put on my wall...
What I learned...
I learned a lot from creating this space. It challenged me to kneel during my daily prayer and feel an ache for those who are hurting. I like to place my prayer sheets at the bottom of the wall, so I have no choice but to kneel when I pray.
This past week I finished up "Finding God in the Hard Places" bible plan. It has by far been one of the coolest plans I’ve done. It required deep thinking and refreshing perspective. :) A challenging bible plan always helps me write better and more mindful prayers. Check out the Bible app to find one that fits you!
My favorite line from War Room is, "...victories don't come by accident." They come from a strong prayer life and fighting well. I believe creating a war room is the best start to beginning, reviving, or refreshing any prayer routine.
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*Have you tried making a war room? What was your experience?
*What is your FAV Christian movie?! I need recs! :)
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