What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

It’s still summer-y weather we said. We don’t need gloves because we’re going south we said. DAMN IT’S KIND OF COLD we said when we finally arrived in the mountainous Yellowstone. Let my mistakes be your guide as to what to wear to Yellowstone in Fall! I did pack a few smart pieces, but overall there were many blind spots. In addition to that, here’s my tips on what 10 Things to Bring on Your Next Road Trip. I even discuss “weather appropriate clothing” in it. I can’t always listen to my best advice I suppose. 

RAIN GEAR

Depending on where in the park you are, the elevation differs greatly. It could be raining in one spot and then snowing giant fluffy flakes at the Artist Point (see below). What I cannot stress enough is BRING A RAIN JACKET! I was so thrilled to have packed my handy dandy Burton jacket. (As seen previously in my Rainy Days with Burton post) Not only did it serve to break the wind, I also stayed a lot dryer had I just worn my puffer. The thing about Yellowstone is that it’s home to one of the largest population of thermal features. That’s A LOT of moisture in the air regardless of the time of year. Umbrellas are pretty dope too but can be a nuisance when navigating the narrow paths with other tourist traffic. From what I can gather, there is no time of year when Yellowstone isn’t busy.

WHAT I WORE

LULULEMON black hat – c/o  (similar here)
BURTON rain jacket c/o (similar here)
LULULEMON  align leggings – c/o (my FAVOURITE leggings)
LULULEMON  light speed socks (I bought this a year ago and I love that they don’t slip down into my shoes!)
ALLBIRDS  tree runners – c/o

WHAT JESSE WORE

K WAY rain jacket – thrifted
LULULEMON   joggers – c/o
LA SPORTIVA wildcat trail runners

WINTER LAYERS

Fortunately, we did bring puffer jackets a la Lululemon, but we didn’t even consider bringing winter accessories. Big Mistake. HUGE. If I could do it over again I would have also included on this list:

  • winter boots and warmer socks!
  • a toque!!! Who doesn’t bring a toque?! (me, that’s who)
  • some sort of a neck warmer / scarf
  • MITTENS!!!!!! my hands were cold and chapped the whole time
WHAT JESSE WORE

LULULEMON navigation down jacket – c/o
BAILEY OF HOLLYWOOD thrifted hat
LULULEMON   joggers – c/o
LULULEMON Metal Vent Tech Long Sleeve 2.0 – c/o
LA SPORTIVA  wildcat trail runners 

WHAT I WORE

LULULEMON black hat – c/o  (similar here)
QUAY high key sunglasses c/o (similar here)
LULULEMON crop top c/o (this specific one is sold out, but here’s a very similar one)
LULULEMON  align leggings – c/o 
LULULEMON  puffer jacket – c/o (this one is many years old but here’s a similar style)
ALLBIRDS  tree runners – c/o

HELLO SUN!

It is possible the sun may make an appearance. Because of that, I suggest a pair of sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and…. a bathing suit. You may be saying “but Sandy, it’s autumn…. who needs a bathing suit!?” and the answer is me. One of my biggest regrets from the trip was not factoring in enough time to visit the Boiling River. By the North Entrance of the park in between Gardiner and Mammoth is a natural hot spring on the river. It has a parking lot and a path to it, but aside from that it appeared mostly undeveloped. I love a proper natural hot spring moment!!!

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

The last thing I want to implore anyone to take on a road trip is a PowerStation Xtreme Boost Lithium battery. What is that you’re wondering? It’s a tiny phone sized battery that has attachments to jump a car. So if you’re on a lonely road, you need not wait for some stranger to possibly help you. We accidentally killed our battery one day and this came in handy! It’s good for at least 2 jumps before it needs another charging and can also charge your phone in a pinch! I bought mine at Costco.

And that’s the that on that! More Yellowstone posts are forthcoming if you’re curious about where we went, what we ate, and where we stayed. Spoiler alert: we stayed at the Round Up and it was a 60s neon dream. The neon sign was probably the best part of it. I digress, thanks so much for stopping by! If you want more travel related posts, check out my On The Road section or my YouTube Channel. 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz / Jesse Sand

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RSVP Motel Bozeman Montana

RSVP Motel Bozeman Montana

RSVP Motel 

After having visited Bozeman a couple winters ago, it was on the list to check out again. So when we took a road trip down to Montana this fall, Bozeman was our first stop. (Well, the Sip n Dip was truly our first stop but…) During this visit, we stayed at the RSVP Motel – a cute sixties spot that’s been updated in the best ways. It’s like taking a step back in time all while enjoying modern day conveniences. I’m all for it. I’ll let the photographs do some of the talking now.  

THE ROOMS

It may be safe to say that the room had me the second I laid eyes on the terrazzo bathroom counter. Or perhaps it was when I saw the wildly patterned curtains that divide the bedroom from the living area. Either way, the suites at the RSVP Motel are a stylish home away from home. The ample sized bedroom area is complimented by the equally spacious living area complete with wet bar, fridge, and dining area. There was even a private back patio with a gas fireplace! I greatly appreciate their attention to detail down to the La Perla toiletries, excellent tea selection, and the silky robes. 

THE FARMER’S DAUGHTERS

The RSVP Motel is truly a one stop shop if you’re looking to relax. Brunch is just a few steps away from any of the motel suites. A damn fine brunch it is too. The Farmer’s Daughters has vegan and vegetarian options as well as a whole smoothie menu. Sit in or grab something to go and eat at the common patio area, either way it will be delightful.

THE AMENITIES

Here’s a quick rundown of the dope amenities the RSVP Motel has for guests:

  • Electric car charger!!!! Now that I’ve gone electric, it’s so exciting seeing these pop up places
  • An outdoor pool (weather permitting of course)
  • Communal outdoor fire pit + lounge area
  • Pink bicycles to borrow

RSVP Motel

When planning a trip to Bozeman, the RSVP Motel is most definitely the place to stay! It’s a boutique design dream meets mid century modern charm. Add in all the luxury comforts of a high end hotel and that’s exactly what you can expect from a stay at this property. I’m already plotting on my return visit! Hopefully this time the weather will be right for a dip in the breezeblock surrounded pool! 

For more information about the RSVP Motel, check out their site.

Check out these links for more travel guides or hotel features

photographs – Jesse Sand + Sandy Joe Karpetz

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A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

It should come as no surprise that while I was staying in a tiki bus at The Shady Dell, I had to take advantage of the scenery. It’s not often that I’m surrounded by a collection of exquisite specimens of antique trailers. Bisbee, Arizona really lends itself to western wear infused outfits. I thrifted this jumpsuit in Casa Grande and it became a staple on my trip. It’s not hard to imagine why a jumpsuit in the Arizona desert is a great choice. It’s roomy enough to not overheat during the day, yet long enough to provide coverage in the cooler evenings. I for one prefer to wear a loose long sleeved something during the day in the AZ sun. It protects me from the harsh rays of the soleil. My go-to is usually a army surplus camo jacket. (For reference check out Road to Nowhere or The Saguaro Park)

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
ALDO gemstone sunglasses c/o (similar here)
ALDO rearka earrings – c/o 
THRIFTED  striped jumpsuit
THRIFTED  white western belt
VINTAGE  woven handbag
ALDO  drerissa boots – c/o 

A Western Elton John

The more I look at these photos, the more I get a western Elton John vibe. Perhaps it is the sunglasses! With that said, I do share a birthday with Elton John, so the correlation makes even more sense. When wearing a jumpsuit in the Arizona desert, it’s impossible for me to not add a touch of western flare to it too. Now I can’t wait to go back to AZ. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Classic Rock Couture Bisbee Arizona

Classic Rock Couture Bisbee Arizona

Classic Rock Couture Bisbee Arizona

The vibrations of Laurel Canyon in the 70s runs deep at Classic Rock Couture Bisbee Arizona. This is one shop that should not be missed for those who love all things vintage and rock ‘n’ roll. The shop is located on Bisbee’s main street in what appears to be a heritage building. In fact, the whole town could pass as a heritage site since the architecture is both antique and stunning! It’s a town that should be included on any Arizona itinerary. Here’s a little peek at what the shop is all about.

WHAT THE EXPECT

Classic Rock Couture is best known for their iconic bomber jackets. It even appeared in Vogue for a NYFW editorial! (Bonus points if you can find the framed picture of it in this blog post!) In addition to the satin bombers, one can expect to find gorgeous vintage pieces, their line of t shirts, and an array of antiques. Want neon beer signs for your home bar or a tooled leather western purse? No problem! I even tried on a girl scout outfit that was slightly too small but SO ADORABLE! You really never know what you might find!

THIS WAY TO CLASSIC ROCK COUTURE BISBEE ARIZONA

29 Main Street
Bisbee, AZ

HOURS
Monday – Sunday –  12pm to 5pm

Classic Rock Couture  – Instagram / Facebook / Website

Check out my other tours of independent boutique shop spotlights here. And if you’re planning on staying in the area, might I suggest staying in a tiki bus at the Shady Dell!

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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I Visited The World’s Largest Egg

I Visited The World’s Largest Egg

I Visited The World’s Largest Egg

If there’s a small town festival happening, you better believe I’m driving out to it. That’s how I visited the world’s largest egg. In all truth, I’ve been to Vegreville a few times now but this was my first time to the Ukrainian Pysanka Festival. As a Ukrainian, it was only a matter of time before I checked out this festival. Join us on this trip and watch the video! If you’re interested in more small town festival coverage, might I suggest checking out my posts on the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival here and here. And if you liked this video, I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel here. xo 😘

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Staying in a Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell

Staying in a Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell

Staying in a Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell

Just past the copper quarry in Bisbee, Arizona there’s a special place for those who appreciate a different kind of hotel experience. The Shady Dell is where all my antique travel dreams came true. The whole property is such a delight that it deserves its own post. One of which I will get to very soon! In the meantime, let’s focus on the 1947 Tiki Bus, the Polynesian Palace we had the pleasure of checking in to. Staying in a Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell is a unique delight that I’m glad to have experienced. 

The Shady Dell

Staying in a converted baseball team school bus in a trailer park beside a graveyard sounds like the location of a campy horror movie. I assure you it’s not. The Shady Dell is a boutique trailer park (I don’t think I’ve ever put those two words together in my life.) The owners have painstakingly collected a number of antique trailers, buses, and even a yacht! Each unit has been lovingly restored or in the case of the tiki bus, converted. The whole property is decorated with other antique curiosities such as classic cars and an original valentine diner!

The Powder Room

The Tiki Bus comes equipped with a working toilet (teal coloured of course!), a sink, and a puffer fish to light the way. While there isn’t a private shower, there is an antique shower door as the bathroom door! The showers are located nearby in a main building and are decorated with antique avon soaps & perfume bottles. Yes. Please.

Tiki in the Kitsch-en

This Polynesian palace was not without a kitschy kitchenette. While the stove and oven were purely ornamental, the sink and fridge are the perfect set up to make all the tiki drinks. It’s a necessity when one wants to live out their tiki island fantasy. There’s even proper tiki mugs! In other words, this is a Tiki-philes absolute dream. The attention to detail is not to be overlooked – every item within the bus, including the kitchen wares, are all the era of this bus. There’s nothing but authentic flavours when staying in a tiki bus at The Shady Dell!

Mood Music

In addition to all the other on brand tiki details, there is also a record player to help set the mood. Dig some Beach Boys or Polynesian instrumental music while getting ready? No problem, there’s a whole selection of records to create the perfect island vibe. During our stay we went through the whole discography provided and can confirm the collection is dope as hell. In fact, it has inspired us to start collecting more Polynesian records for the future basement tiki bar we plan on having. 

Staying in a Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell

When staying in a tiki bus at The Shady Dell, one must be prepared to be swept away into another decade. For travellers who love the nostalgia or long for a time when road travel reigned supreme, this little hideaway is a must. Bisbee is a hidden gem of a place that should be included in any Arizona travel itinerary. And The Shady Dell is the place to stay when visiting! Check out their website for more details about bookings and the property. 

Check out these links for more travel guides or hotel features! And stay tuned for the upcoming Bisbee Travel guide.

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz + Jesse Sand

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