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Episode 400 of the RV Podcast: Yellowstone closed, RV questions and more

| Updated Jun 14, 2022

It's a milestone event for us this week as we release Episode 400 of the RV Podcast, sharing lots of RV news including Yellowstone closures, your RV Lifestyle questions, and much more.

To watch a video version of this week's podcast on our YouTube Channel, click the player below.

Alternately, you can listen to the audio version on your favorite podcast app or by clicking the audio player below.

RV Podcast Big story of the week: Yellowstone closed by floods, rock and mudslides

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As this episode was being recorded, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park remained closed because of rock slides caused by massive flooding from weekend storms.

The National Park Service says the extremely hazardous conditions in the park made it prudent to halt all inbound visitor traffic at all the five entrances into Yellowstone.

Preliminary assessments show multiple sections of road in the park have been washed out and multiple bridges may be affected.

It may be months before all entrance roads are reopened, officials said.

Statement from superintendent Cam Sholly about all entrances in Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions: 

“Due to record flooding events in the park and more precipitation in the forecast, we have made the decision to close Yellowstone to all inbound visitation. Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern section of the park where we have multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and other issues.

The community of Gardiner is currently isolated, and we are working with the county and State of Montana to provide necessary support to residents, who are currently without water and power in some areas.

Due to predictions of higher flood levels in areas of the park’s southern loop, in addition to concerns with water and wastewater systems, we will begin to move visitors in the southern loop out of the park later today in coordination with our in-park business partners.

We will not know timing of the park’s reopening until flood waters subside and we're able to assess the damage throughout the park.

It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a substantial amount of time. I appreciate the efforts of the Yellowstone team and partners to safely evacuate areas of the park and of our gateway community partners who are helping us through this major event.

We appreciate the support offered by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the Montana and Wyoming governors.”

You can keep up with all the Yellowstone news by following their Instagram account right here.

We celebrate Episode 400 of the RV Podcast!

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Mike and Jennifer Wendland – the RV Podcast

This week marks our 400th episode since we launched the RV Podcast on October 13, 2014.

We reflect back on what's the same and what's different in those years, with fuel prices – not surprisingly – being the biggest change.

When we started the RV podcast in 2014 we thought fuel was pretty high. Back then, Diesel was $2.91…. Gasoline $2.46 per gallon. Today, t is more than twice that, with gasoline now routinely over $5 a gallon and diesel $6 per gallon.

But even back then, we were complaining of crowded campgrounds. Just like we are today.

In 2014 boondocking wasn't a term most campers would recognize. Today it's commonplace.

Solar power and lithium batteries for RVs were just in their experimental infancy.

And remote work was hard to do because cellular coverage was very spotty outside of urban areas and to have somewhat reliable communication definitely required cell boosters. And even they were not always that much of a help because the cellular network was a long way from being built out as it is today.

What changes have you seen in the years you've been RVing?

How about you?

What is different now about the RV Lifestyle vs. at the time you started?

What's the same?

Use comments below to share your experiences.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2022-06-15

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

2 Responses to “Episode 400 of the RV Podcast: Yellowstone closed, RV questions and more”

June 19, 2022at10:03 am, Teresa Vipond said:

I’ve been a long-time follower. I didn’t realize Beau is your 4th Elkhound. Loki is my 3rd. Once you’ve had an Elkhound, you can’t go back to a regular dog! I love to hear about Beau in the podcasts & see him in the videos.


June 21, 2022at9:05 am, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Elkhounds are definitely special dogs! Mike and Jen first learned about the breed from Mike’s nephew, an Elkhound also named Loki. Thanks for sharing! Team RV Lifestyle


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