Goodbye to Yellowstone National Park

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

chipmunk at yellowstone national park

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day . . . this song was written in 1873, yet it's still true today, some 137 years later. And I couldn't get it out of my head as we were driving toward the Jackson Hole airport, ending our vacation yesterday at Yellowstone National Park.

I said goodbye to Old Faithful Inn and my heart felt really heavy. All my surroundings were so familiar to me, it felt like home. Although it was only a week, I recalled how I felt when I first stepped into the lodge: the wonder, amazement and anticipation of an adventure. I wasn't disappointed. This trip was truly exceptional, and I highly recommend it to anybody who wants to get away from the world and back to nature. To reconnect with yourself. That's what our national parks give us.

The photos on this page are from my husband's camera. The first photo above is, of course, a chipmunk. Unlike the red squirrels who were seriously down to business, running across the hiking path to grab a nut and scurrying back again to bury it, the chipmunks were playful, like they had all the time in the world before winter arrives.

The second photo is of an elk standing guard of his herd on the lawn of the Albright Visitor Center and Museum in Mammoth Hot Springs. The third is a pronghorn we discovered off the Old Gardiner Road in Montana, just above the north entrance to the park, and the last photo is the Grand Prismatic Spring, shot from a hill high above the Fairy Falls hiking trail.

elk mammoth hot springs

pronghorn at gardiner, montana

grand prismatic spring, yellowstone national park

Photos: Adam Weintraub

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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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Lori Churchill Cofer
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Elizabeth,

Sounds like you have had a absolutely wonderful time.  I bet you are refreshed and ready to go back at it!

Oct 04, 2010 03:29 AM #1
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I will definately have to make that trip.  My husband would love it.

Oct 04, 2010 03:49 AM #2
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I love the photo of the chipmunk.  I want to pick that little guy up and put him in my pocket.  Your husband takes great photos.

Oct 04, 2010 05:00 AM #3
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Jim Patton
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Elizabeth - thanks for all the great pictures this past week.  It looks like you had a great vacation.

Oct 04, 2010 08:40 AM #4
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Donne Knudsen
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Elizabeth - There's always a little something sad about ending a great vaca.  For what it's worth, I have been enjoying your pictures and travel posts.  :)

Oct 04, 2010 09:27 AM #5
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Thanks, guys. Yes, it was sad to leave. I could not believe I had already spent an entire week there. We didn't get to see everything that we wanted to see because we ran out of time. At least we got a few photos of wolves and coyotes. No bears, though. Not one single bear. We heard they were deep inside the park, preparing to hibernate. So if we did, per chance, run across a bear, it would be on a trail, and I probably wouldn't be here today.

Oct 04, 2010 09:42 AM #6
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Wendy Rulnick
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Elizabeth - The elk looks like a statue and the spring is unbelievable, with outrageous color. Those are excellent pictures!

Oct 04, 2010 12:29 PM #7
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Judy Jennings
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Great photos, but now I have that song stuck in my head! Thanks for sharing. :)

Oct 04, 2010 03:09 PM #8
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Ray Saenz
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Elizabeth,
Awesome shots by Adam, and great information that you always share, I'm impressed with the quality of the information and photos !

 

Oct 04, 2010 04:08 PM #9
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Cece Blase
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Can I put the chipmunk in my pocket and take him home? And OMG, that elk looks like a statue. So bizarre. And the lake! It looks like jewelry. So beautiful. And you so clearly had a wonderful time. Inspires me to consider going. . .

Oct 04, 2010 04:44 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Elizabeth - Did you have the feeling that the lodge would be a great place to just hunker down and spend the winter?  I remember one really busy year, that ended up with my health not being the best.  I dreamed of being someplace like that, with logs blazing in the fire, hot chocolate, and blankets on a couch!  My only company - a good book or two!

Oct 05, 2010 03:32 PM #11
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Christianne O'Malley
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Elizabeth - My parents went to Yellowstone with my older son (now 14) last year and stayed for 2 weeks. They didn't see a single elk, moose or other large animal. They were so disappointed and came back wondering if something was wrong in the park. Thanks for sharing and letting me know they just had really bad timing :)

Oct 07, 2010 07:53 AM #12
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Nancy & Mike Thompson
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Elizabeth,I know how you feel, only we get to go any time we want and it never gets old. Nancy and I live in Cody Wyoming and go all the time. It is a place every one needs to go to at lest once! Great pics buy the way! ( Adam, new sideline bis?taking pics?):-) Buy the way this is my first post! Thanks for letting me share.

Jan 10, 2011 10:16 AM #13
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Hi Nancy and Mike: Welcome to Active Rain. I'll have to stop over to your blog and say hello. Actually, I have a whole string of blogs, day-by-day blow of what happened in Yellowstone. The rest of the photos are mine but I featured Adam's on the last blog because he's an even better photographer. But I am the one who uses my photos for business, so far.

Jan 11, 2011 05:08 AM #14
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