We'll be doing a little mini trip to YSNP in early August (just four nights / three days) (no hiking due to son's knee / more driving part of the popular loops stopping at overviews, doing some scenic walks, etc. and ranger evening programs) For lodging we are at Mammoth Lodge, then camping at Canyon for two nights (so pretty outdoorsy there), and then staying at OFI. My question is, do you think I should spend the money to get rain jackets and rain pants for DS and me (DH already has this type of clothing, but DS and I don't)? I would be very interested in hearing your opinion.
Normally DS and I have been fine with rain ponchos that we keep in our backpacks and waterproof winter parkas when it's cold and rainy. I was just planning on fleece jackets covered by rain ponchos on this trip for rainy conditions we might encounter, but am second guessing after hearing advice to bring appropriate rain gear for summer trips. We will have waterproof hiking shoes and boots, so feet should be fine. I could probably even bring DSs parka and think I will throw that in. Mine is going to be too bulky, though, and was thinking I'd maybe just bring both of my fleece jackets for an extra layer. We're flying, so have more space restrictions than we would if we were driving.
Just wondering if you would invest the $400 to $600 in rain gear clothing from an outdoor store like REI just for this trip that you might not use again or even use here if weather is nice. // I know we won't use this kind of clothing in 2014, for example, (tropical warm weather vacations planned -- San Juan and cruise for spring break and Kauai, HI for summer trip). This other has worked fine for us for summer trips to Bryce, Zion, Rocky Mountain National Park, etc., but Yellowstone is further north and could be cooler, especially at night I know (That's why we're doing August).
I'd hate to be miserable on the trip due to not having the right clothing. We do consider going to Yellowstone to be a special trip, not something we do very often and are not opposed to chalking up any special clothing that would be a good idea to have as a vacation expense. On the other hand, I hate wasting money if we don't really need this kind of gear and would be fine with fleece jackets and rain ponchos. // Appreciate any thoughts and opinions.