Weekly Update for June 26, 2022

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Welcome to my weekly update for June 26, 2022!

The employees and volunteers at Yellowstone National Park seem to be in the business of performing miracles. If you stopped by last week or if you’ve paid much attention to the news, you’ll know that Yellowstone was completely closed due to devastating floods. I’m glad no one was hurt but I was feeling disappointed that we might not get to visit again while we’re in Montana for the summer. I was also feeling bad for the local economies that rely so heavily on summer tourists.

Well, park officials reopened the south loop of the park, accessible via the east, south, and west entrances, as of Wednesday, June 22! There are some restrictions in place about who can visit on which days (see details on the park website), but we are so grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to reopen this iconic place! Park officials have also announced that they believe they can reopen the north loop in less than two weeks! After seeing videos of all the destruction, I really will believe they’re miracle workers if they can make that happen.

My husband was on call at the hospital last weekend so I don’t have a slideshow for this week. We have to stay within 30 minutes of the hospital when he’s on call so that doesn’t give us much opportunity for exploring. Check back next week!


One Word Reviews

One Word Reviews of the Last Ten Books I Read


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Books Lovers by Emily Henry 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Currently Reading:

Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ashley Poston, read by Adenrele Ojo

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken

What did your week look like?


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  1. It’s such great news about Yellowstone. We still don’t plan to visit the area when we go to Glacier in September, trying to focus on one area (and keep our gas expenditures within budget!), but maybe the re-opening will help reduce some of the crowds at Glacier.

    I’m looking forward to reading Book Lovers and am glad you enjoyed it. I have Martha Wells’ series ready to listen to later this fall.

    Hope you’re having a good weekend!

    1. Gas is insane. We don’t normally take our RV on trips while we’re on assignment (I like to stay in a hotel and take a shower with apparently unlimited hot water when I can) but we did think about it for a few trips while we’re in Montana. But we decided that it wasn’t worth the cost of gas to move our motorhome. We would take my car too so that’s double the cost. Our RV isn’t too big, but at 32′ total length, we aren’t going to be driving her through any downtown areas either.

      We had the same thought about Yellowstone’s reopening relieving crowding at Glacier. We haven’t made up our minds whether to go to Glacier or not but this makes us more open to the idea of going.

  2. I enjoyed reading your one word reviews! I’ve read the first two of Myer’s Renegades trilogy, but still have to get tot his one. I am a huge fan of MurderBot and wait anxiously for the next one in the series to be published. I am crossing my fingers that there really will be 9 of them.

  3. I just read Book Lovers recently, too, and enjoyed it! Martha Wells has been on my list for ages, and I hope to get to her MurderBot books soon. Now I’ve got to go check out your one-word reviews!

  4. I just finished a 2004 novel by Nevada Barr set in Yellowstone Park. Never been there and hope it will be safe soon for visitors.

  5. Let’s hear it for miracle workers! I’m glad they’ve been able to reopen Yellowstone, even if only small parts! Hopefully you and your husband will get the opportunity to visit this summer.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. We actually just back from a planned visit to Yellowstone with my husband’s cousin and his wife. That’s part of the reason I was so disappointed–we had our own trip coming up so soon after the flooding.

  6. That’s amazing about Yellowstone! They really do some neat things.

    I really need to get back to the Murderbot series. I think I have the two most recent releases to get to? I love those so really need to get on the stick!

    Hope your week is a good one. 🙂

  7. Wow! 3 4-star books this past week, that’s pretty great. I’ve got to get a copy of Emily Henry’s Book Lovers as it really does seem like a great summer read.

  8. I’m surprised Yellowstone is reopening so quickly. Like you said, it’s a miracle. I’m glad you got to visit while you were in Montana. I haven’t been to Yellowstone in almost 25 years.

    1. They announced today that they’re (partially?) reopening the north loop on Saturday. The two north entrances are still closed (I think that’s where the worst damage was) but at least we can access the whole park now! They’re trying really hard to get those entrances open soon too, so those towns don’t suffer even more economically.

  9. I’m amazed to hear that Yellowstone is reopening so quickly after the flooding. We are sad we had to miss it this time, but maybe that will simply give us a reason to go back soon.

    We tried to visit Pompeys Pillar while we were in Montana, but it was closed due to flooding, too.

    Book Lovers finally arrived yesterday and I read and read for the rest of the day. I love the back-and-forth banter in the book.

    1. My aunt and uncle visited us for a few days this week. They wanted to visit Pompey’s Pillar so we went out there. The trails around the pillar and visitor’s center are still closed! They said the visitor’s center didn’t flood but everything around it did. They said the water has probably receded enough to reopen the trails but there’s too much driftwood piled up everywhere right now and they haven’t had a chance to clear it out yet. But we were able to climb up the pillar to see Clark’s signature and we had a nice picnic at a table by the visitor’s center, where we were able to watch yellow-bellied marmots running around.

      I’m glad you liked Book Lovers!

  10. With all the other news, the reopening of Yellowstone — miraculous as you say– escaped my notice, so your description is very welcome. What great people they are who work in the park!

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