Surprise: Here Are Photos of Jenny Lake and the Grand Teton National Park

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We were informed that Yellowstone National Park had no Internet but that turned out to be a fallacy. While there is no Internet available at Old Faithful Inn, there is indeed WiFi service a few buildings over at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The only problem is I might get mauled by a bear on my way there at 6:00 in the morning. Early morning and dusk are prime times that wildlife like to move around, my husband says.

As predicted, with all the stops and a lunch break, it did indeed take us 4 hours to drive from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. After reading the tip from Cynthia Larsen in Cotati, CA, about stopping at Jenny Lake for lunch, we decided to veer off the highway that runs along the Snake River and instead take the Moose Junction. We came upon Jenny Lake Lodge and stopped for lunch. What a treat. It was first class service in a relaxed, historical environment.

The lodge was named after the Shoshone wife of a fur trader, and the lodge is constructed from logs. The main lodge consisted of a huge room that served as a lobby, with lots of windows and a stone fireplace, plus a gift shop. Our wait for lunch was minimal as they scheduled those without a reservation for seating every 15 minutes, but I suspect that designed to give tourists time to spend in the gift shop. Mostly the menu was burgers, sandwiches and elegant salads, but I've been reading so much about trout that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it.

They served the trout in a very hot wide-brimmed bowl with homemade polenta and deep-fried spinach. It literally melted in my mouth. A grumpy guy one table over was asked by his dining companion how he was enjoying his fries. He replied, "Very much when I started but now I'm just putting them into my mouth." That wasn't my experience. I savored every bite of my trout. I couldn't help, however, but notice the silverware. It had a nice feel in my hand. It looked like real silver. When our server came over to see how we were doing, I asked, "What's the story with the silverware?" She looked astonished and started to laugh. My husband interjected, "My wife thinks the tableware is made from silver and wants to know if there is a story behind it."

Our server hesitated and then laughed again. She had been wondering how I knew that the lodge was running out of spoons, who leaked that secret. They have recently ordered new silverware. But it is silver. Which is a nice touch for a restaurant in the middle of the Grand Tetons. I learned that John D. Rockefeller bought up a bunch of land in the Grand Teton. Let everybody think he was planning to build a ranch but instead turned around and donated all the property to the United States Government. You don't think of the John D. Rockefeller in those terms.

Here are more photos of the Grand Teton and Jenny Lake Lodge:





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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Hi Elizabeth - Thanks for the information. I am hoping to do a lot of traveling and it's always good to hear other people's advice.  Your photos are awesome, and the one on the bottom is just beautiful.  I also like your new profile picture!

Sep 29, 2010 03:55 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The trout does look good, but that last photo of the lake and the mountains is just amazing.  Sounds like you're having a great time.

Sep 29, 2010 04:01 AM #2
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

What a wonderful adventure.  

I've spend many months in Yellowstone.  Howeever, we tent camped, caught the Cutthroat Trout and cooked it on open fire in our camp. 

That is some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.

Good for you.

Sep 29, 2010 04:07 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Okay Elizabeth... you laughed at me for eating shrimp and grits and now you've gone and ate the trout and grits. :)

You look amazing and the lake photo is just stunning.  And no, never thought of Rockefeller in those terms at all.

Sep 29, 2010 04:16 AM #4
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Elizabeth ... We love the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, hiking and adventures in that part of the world. Thanks for sharing your stories and photos, which bring back great memories and help us look forward to future travels there.

Sep 29, 2010 04:42 AM #5
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Elizabeth - Great pics!  You and the lake look fabulous, especially the lake.  We're having a bit of a heatspell here in SoCA.  It's been in the 100's for days.

Sep 29, 2010 10:06 AM #6
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Elizabeth, That last photo is most beautiful - glad you are enjoying your trip.  I was chased by a bear in Yellowstone it was one of the most frightening experiences -  Until my mom and I lived to tell the tale and then we just laughed.

Sep 29, 2010 01:19 PM #7
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Elizabeth - Wow awesome photos and a super itinerary.  Love the lunch shot too.

Sep 29, 2010 03:41 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - The photo of your food, and tha last spectacular picture lake scene are amazing!  I can almost taste the trout, and feel the lake.  I hope you are having a great time!

Sep 30, 2010 01:15 AM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Turns out you were absolutely right, Tammy. Seafood and polenta (OK, or grits) is pretty delectable.

Hey Lenn, are you sure you didn't wrestle a bear with one arm and live to talk about it? LOL. I'd love to go camping with you. Cooking trout over an open campfire sounds marvelous.

Mary, I hear you can't outrun a bear. All you have to do is run faster than your friend. Bears can climb trees, too.

Oct 01, 2010 02:34 PM #10
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

HI Elizabeth - after reading your first post, I wanted to read them about your trip. This sounds like a great time, and your photos are amazing. The trout looks amazing!

Oct 03, 2010 05:07 AM #11
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