What to Pack for a September Trip to Yellowstone

What to Pack for Yellowstone in September

I googled this exact phrase a few weeks ago in hopes of finding a little guidance.  September  weather in Montana and Wyoming goes from 20 degrees at night to 80 degrees during the day, with hotter and colder days, too.  It could be snowing, it could be sunny.  I ended up being very grateful I packed certain things, while wishing I had left some items in my suitcase at home.  I hope that what I learned will help anyone else heading out West in September.

What to Pack: Yellowstone in September
I know this is nothing revolutionary, but I brought far too many clothes and only ended up wearing little more than what’s in this picture during our week-long trip.
-  1 pair of jeans (my absolute favorite from Bow & Arrow Apparel)
-  2 pairs of Under Armour Women’s UA Cozy Tight (they doubled as leggings under my dress, as well as for    hiking/fishing)
- 1 pair of boots (I really want these: FRYE Women’s Melissa Button Riding Boot)
- 1 vest
- 1 puffer jacket
- 1 long sleeved Under Armour shirt
- 3 work out tanks
- 3 nice shirts to wear with jeans
- 1 scarf
- 1 sun hat (also from Bow & Arrow Apparel)
- minimal jewelry

– And last, but absolutely not least: a Bandaid Blister Block stick.  This is essential.  If you aren’t already on the blister stick bandwagon, you rub this stick in places you think you might get blisters and it prevents them.  It’s magic.  Obviously, the first place you think of are your feet, and this is a life saver when breaking in a new pair of shoes (hiking or otherwise).  However, I used it to keep from getting blisters where my backpack was rubbing my arms, as well.  It was essential and I never leave home without one of these in my purse.

I do realize that this is a very short list, but aside from toiletries and unmentionables, it’s all I would take if I had it to do over again.  We try to carry-on all our luggage whenever humanly possible, and we did for this trip, too.  Pack light! The rest of the stuff I brought just took up room in my suit case.  These are all really versatile items, and I wore everything more than once.  We weren’t exactly roughing it, but it was not a luxury vacation, either.
Oh, and I brought along my knitting to pass the time in the airport.  Maybe next time I can wear the scarf I knitted on this trip!
Fly Fishing on the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley |Oysters & Pearls
Until Next Time

Textures of Yellowstone

I swear, I’m plotting an elaborate series of posts (okay, at least a couple) about our trip to Yellowstone.  It just so happens that this week also is a really, really busy one at work, and I am leaving town again for a girls’ trip/bachelorette party this weekend, so I’m basically drowning in laundry, work, shop stuff, and re-packing until then.

So, in lieu of an actual post, here are some photos I took last week of random textures.


Wildflowers in Yellowstone | Oysters & PearlsWildflowers in Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & PearlsEdge of Caldera of Excelsior Geyser in Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & PearlsBacterial Mats at Geysers in Yellowstone National Park  | Oysters & PearlsFootprints in Bacterial Mats at Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & PearlsBacterial Mats and Hot Spring Near Grand Prismatic, Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & PearlsLichen on Boulder, Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & PearlsWildflowers in Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & PearlsLichen on Boulder, Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & PearlsPossible Bear Print, Tower Creek Trail, Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & Pearls

We felt pretty sure that last “texture” was a bear print on the very isolated Tower Creek Trail we hiked our second day of the trip.  We were glad that he took only pictures and left only footprints, too.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I know I was a wee bit late with this, but we have three winners!

Marquin Campbell Designs and Oysters and Pearls Turkey Spur Jewelry Giveaway

Based on the Random Number Generator at random.org, the three winners are:

(1) Charity K.

(2) Tabitha

(3) Meg Schneider

Please email me at oystersandpearlsblog@gmail.com and let me know your first, second, and third choices!  Congratulations to the winners and happy weekending!!


Until Next Time