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Comment #345

September 10th, 2010

The following comment appeared on PW’s blog yesterday..

“You forgot…try not to say fuck. That one is hard for me and I am a grandmother! And a retired school teacher!”

Wise words to try to remember.

Somehow it slipped through her filter – or maybe PW is suffering from a nervous breakdown?

Thanks to alert reader Heather for passing it along.

Me and my boys and two Asian kids at the bottom of a waterfall in Yellowstone. We hiked down 328 metal stairs that are somehow attached to the side of a mountain to reach this platform and then we turned around and climbed back up.

I wore a skirt that day. I was the only person in Yellowstone wearing a skirt and I felt a little bit like I was Amish or something, but I love that skirt.  It’s so comfortable.  I have had that skirt since college.  It has a miracle waistband that fits me in all sorts of size permutations and the cut somehow minimizes everything that needs minimizing and maximizes everything that needs maximizing which on me it means that it shine a bright beam on my awesome earlobes.

And this is what we looked like after the climb back up the stairs.
Not quite as fresh.
Even my magic skirt can’t make this photo look good.

This is the Old Faithful Lodge

You can watch Old Faithful erupt from the enormous windows in the lobby.  Despite it’s grandeur, this space is cozy and welcoming.  There’s a coffee shop with bakery items in the corner and comfortable places to sit and enjoy your snack.  There is also a gift shop that is crowded with Americans.  All the Europeans and Asians in the park are out scaling cliffs to the tops of waterfalls.

The Yellowstone Inn.

Located on the opposite side of Old Faithful from the Lodge, Old Faithful Inn is the quintessential mountain hotel.  The central part of the building (with the steep roof and the pointy gables) was built in 1903.  Two more wings were added later.  Inspired by the 1870 Adirondack designs by William West Durant, the Yellowstone Inn is the oldest log hotel in the US.

World’s most pathetic fireplace shot of Yellowstone Inn’s massive chimney.

The interior of Yellowstone Inn.

Yellowstone architecture is all about the front porch.

This is the front porch of the Roosevelt Lodge.

Portions of the Yellowstone Lake Inn date back to 1891.  It is the oldest surviving hotel in the park.

The dining room and sun room were added in 1929.

I had hoped to eat lunch here, but we didn’t arrive until mid-afternoon and they were no longer serving.

So we just gawked at the interiors a bit.

Used the marble bathroom…

And headed just down the road to the Lake Lodge in hopes of a late luncheon.

Sadly, the lodge was also no longer serving.

C’mon Yellowstone!

The park is literally crawling with hungry people!

Can you seriously not whip us up a hamburger?!?!?!?

So we limped back to camp and I made us some spaghetti on the old camp stove.

The end.