Check Out These Photos of Fairy Falls and Lake Yellowstone

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Adam Weintraub on Yellowstone Lake Trail


I am pleased to bring you Saturday's edition of Not Eaten By a Bear Yet. Yup, still in Yellowstone National Park. The thing about walking around a bunch of people who are gazing at geysers is if somebody lets one rip, you couldn't tell the difference between a toot or the sulphur. The smell of sulphur is really strong. Coupled with carbon dioxide, the sulphur and a high altitude, it's not unusual for your nose to bleed. Small price to pay for paradise.

I generally get up around 5 AM, throw on my down jacket and walk the 15 minutes it takes me to go from Old Faithful Inn over to the Snow Lodge. We picked Old Faithful Inn to stay at because it's historic but we didn't end up with a room in the historic part. We got the newer wing, but the toilet still has its problems. We have a view of geysers from several windows, but it might have been more fun to be in the original inn. All those rooms, and the lobby and restaurant, are original log construction. It was built in 1903 by 100 men, and it took about a year.

On the other hand, the Snow Lodge was built in 1999, but it has Internet service and Old Faithful does not. As I mentioned earlier, it also has better food and a better menu. It's situated directly across from the new Visitor's Center, which opened 2 months ago. We joined the Yellowstone Association, which you can do inside the Visitor's Center, and they gave us a stuffed wolf as a gift. Not a real stuffed wolf. In fact, we haven't yet seen a real wolf, but we did spot a coyote in with a group of bison.

It's pretty cold in the morning. Frost is on the ground. The secret is to wear layers. I wear a t-shirt over a base layer and a windbreaker or pullover. By around 10 AM, I'm down to a base layer and t-shirt. By noon, just the t-shirt. At 3 PM, I'm naked. It was noon yesterday when we reached the end of a 2.6 mile hike at Fairy Falls. We shot photos of chipmunks mostly and the falls. But 5.2 miles took its toll on my feet. Even with hiking boots. On our way back, Adam climbed up the hill to shoot an overview of Grand Prismatic Spring, which I'll show you next week. It's super cool.

Afterward, we grabbed a picnic lunch and headed over to Lake Lodge about 40 miles away. This is another log-constructed building. Somebody ran Romex over the top of horizontal logs under the front porch. Looks like a code violation, the Romex out in the open like that. This lodge sits directly across from Lake Yellowstone. At this time of year, it was very quiet, hardly anybody there. Ditto at Fishing Bridge, a few miles away. Definitely a good time of year to visit Yellowstone.

But it saddens me to see so much deferred maintenance at Lake Lodge. The windows need to be painted and reglazed. Maybe they could organize a group of volunteers to come in the spring, before the crowds arrive? This is what happens when funding is taken away from parks. People will pay double the price of admission to Yellowstone to go see actors stuffed into fake animal outfits parade around for a day, but they'll scream bloody murder if they have to pay more than $25 a week to go to a National Park.

The photo above is of Adam walking along a path toward Lake Yellowstone. The photos below are Fairy Falls, Lake Lodge front porch, Lake Yellowstone shoreline, and Fishing Bridge. You can't fish from Fishing Bridge anymore because Cutthroat Trout breed underneath it. I looked at a photo of the bridge on the information plaque from 1962, and it was bumper-to-bumper visitors. Not so in October.

Fairy Falls at Yellowstone National Park

Lake Yellowstone

Lake Lodge at Yellowstone National Park

Fishing Bridge at Yellowstone National Park

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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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Real Estate Photography - - San Diego, CA

Nice photos.  Fishing bridge without cars and people everywhere looks great.  I'll have to remember that this is a good time to visit there.  I spent a summer working in the park while in college.  One of my favorite places in the world.

You also sell homes in a nice area.  Lived on 47th st in East Sac for a short period.

Oct 03, 2010 03:46 AM #22
Kathy Kenney
Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ - Robbinsville, NJ
Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale

VERY nice!  So much to see in this world of ours!

Oct 03, 2010 04:06 AM #23
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Elizabeth - wow - this is incredibly beautiful. I have never been there, and definitely want to plan a time to go!

Oct 03, 2010 04:32 AM #24
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

What a great post to read on a Sunday morning. Thanks for the beautiful views.

Oct 03, 2010 04:48 AM #25
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

There is nothing better than getting out and exercising. Thanks for the reminder and the wonderful pictures.  Being here in New England I look forward to sharing the beautiful fall foliage with you soon.

Oct 03, 2010 05:32 AM #26
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Beautiful photos ... and maybe the beginning of a grass roots movement to protect and restore our national parks. I really like the big deck/porch of the lodge.

Oct 03, 2010 05:43 AM #27
Christa Ross
RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist - Pittsburgh, PA
Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes

Beautiful pictures, wish I was there.

Oct 03, 2010 05:47 AM #28
Edina Realty, Inc. - Gordon, WI
Your Northwest Wisconsin Realtor

Wow, this is amazing. I worked in the Park during my college summers from 71-73. I have been back a few times since then, but have not seen Fairy Falls since I hiked out there in 72. This is a special treat.

Oct 03, 2010 05:59 AM #29
Keven Tomlinson AZ Real Estate GRI CNE CSSN
Firebird Realty - Wickenburg, AZ

Love it! Am adding this to our family trip list! My son will enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

Oct 03, 2010 06:12 AM #30
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

One of my favorite places.....but I think the "toot" made too early an appearance for my Sunday :)! I know you are having a great time....beautiful pictures! Have a great time.

Oct 03, 2010 06:43 AM #31
Christina Strommen Stevens
Southwest Realty Advisors LLC - Galveston, TX
Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert

Cannot wait to see this for myself.  Wonderful pictures:)

Oct 03, 2010 07:01 AM #32
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Elizabeth,  Great pictures !  Certainly makes me want to spend some time viewing them or, better yet, visit the area.

Oct 03, 2010 08:13 AM #33
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Well that's one place I've never been. It looks to be very relaxing. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I bet it's a great feeling not to have to deal with short sales for a week or so. Enjoy!!

Oct 03, 2010 08:39 AM #35
Nancy Timberlake
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portland, ME
REALTOR - Southern Maine

Thanks for sharing.  I would love to see this in person someday.

Oct 03, 2010 08:44 AM #36
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Definitely need to come up to Yellowstone.  I've been reading about it and seeing the photos all my life.  You'd think I could've made it up there in 60 years but not so far.  I'm gonna move it up on the list.

Oct 03, 2010 09:04 AM #37
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Elizabeth, I was in Yellowstone for 2 weeks five years ago.  That is a great place to spot wildlife.  We saw bears, deer, elk, buffalo, coyote, eagles, but no wolves and we tried really, really hard to see them.

Oct 03, 2010 09:33 AM #38
Robert Slick
Beach and River Homes - Georgetown, SC

Looks like a nice time of the year to visit, no crowds in the pictures.

Oct 03, 2010 09:52 AM #39
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - Did you know many more people have eaten bears, than bears have eaten people:-) 

The Fairy Falls are amazing.  I don't think I've seen a picture of them before; or if I have, I don't remember it!  The memories of this trip ought to last you a lifetime!

Oct 03, 2010 11:59 AM #40
Roger Johnson
Hickory Real Estate Group - Hickory, NC
Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate

Elizabeth, just wanted to say that you take a really amazing photo.  These are some great shots.

Oct 03, 2010 12:50 PM #41
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

It sure looks like a great spot to visit.  Maybe some day.......when I sell a few houses!!


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