June 21, 2022
I wrote last week about how climate change is itself affecting the sabbatical, not just being one of the themes of study. The biggest impact so far has been the flooding and devastation at Yellowstone, which will impact our biggest planned trip of the summer.
I was relieved to receive communication from the Park over the weekend that they would be reopening part of the park and some of our reservations will still be possible. Some of them have been cancelled. And I'm still waiting to hear whether the campsite we have reserved for our first three nights will be reopening--so far they haven't said. So I've researched some backup plans and made at least one backup reservation with the intention of making more.
We had planned five nights total in the park (and three in Teton), so we were going to get to experience so much of it. That seemed important because I don't usually get this kind of time off plus I've made it to 48 never having visited the park. We aren't going to get as full an experience as we had planned, but we will still get a good experience. And the overall trip will still be wonderful.
Hopefully we'll hear more in the coming days.
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