What would you Google if you couldn’t Google?

We discovered that having reliable internet while traveling is a privilege, not a right.


National Parks, and many wonderful state parks, are often in the middle of nowhere.  (Probably why they are so beautiful.)  If they, or a campground nearby, promises Wi-Fi service it generally means one bar and not when you are sitting in a metal van.  Even outside the van, the flies and mosquitoes seem to interfere with the signal.


Imagine us driving around the two million acres of Yellowstone for several days with practically no internet. 


We would have questions about things we saw or other topics that we discussed and would say “Let’s put that on the list of things to Google when we get service.”


Here are a few of the items that made the list:

  1. How cold will it be tonight and what town are we actually near?
  2. What does fumarole mean?
  3. What exactly is a caldera and could it interrupt our vacation plans?
  4. Is there any fast food outside the park entrance after 10pm?
  5. How much does a buffalo bull weigh and could he open the van up like a sardine can? Somewhat related, who serves the best Bison burger in Billings, Montana? (We pitted a Bison Burger against an Elk Burger and bison won 2-0.)
  6. If the water from mud pits, hot springs, and geysers flow into the river, can people still swim downstream?
  7. What kind of pine/evergreen grows in the forest here?
  8. Did the Aggies and Tigers win?
  9. Why do the bull buffalo go off by themselves and why do they use the middle of the highway to get there?
  10. How do some people get phone calls in the middle of the wilderness (in order to talk about the right time to plant shrubs back home or what outfit to wear to next month’s social gathering)?


The list could be much longer, I promise.




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