Monday, April 16, 2012

Yellowstone - Old Faithful Inn - Up on the Roof

Here are my photos of my trip up onto the roof of Yellowstone's Old Faithful Inn. The general public is not allowed beyond the 3rd floor mezzanine, but the bellhops can take two people with them with they go up to raise or lower the flags. I went up with Edward, the bellhop, who was a really great guy. A woman from France also tagged along.
Anyway, here's our destination (looking up from the 2nd floor deck).

We climbed a dizzying (but really damn cool) set of jungle-gym-like stairs up past the crow's nest (which you can see here) and up to these doors that lead to an outside set of steps that go up to the very top of the Inn. Here's Ed telling me not to go into the light.

Who's this dork up on the roof? Here's a hint: it's not Ed and it's not the nice woman from France.

We were really lucky this day. It had just stopped raining, and so we got to see this nice rainbow while Ed took down one of the flags.

Here's Ed taking down the American flag. I got to help him fold it up, which was neat.

And then, as if I wasn't already having the best time ever, Old Faithful geyser decides to go off, so we stayed on the roof to watch the eruption. The overcast sky made for a rather dramatic shot. The building in the distance is the Old Faithful Lodge, where I worked part of the summer of '91 and the summer of '92.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these. If you have any comments to add, feel free! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Wow. That was such an exciting experience! Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Inn has some nice gabled roofs. Gabled roofs originated during the 14th century in European cities, from the ancient practice of having the sticks/logs in a leaning angle to form a triangular hut. Its leaning angles help to let water or snow flow off the roof easily.

    Penelope Dingee

  2. You are right, Penelope. Gabled roofs were really popular a long time ago in European countries, such as France and England. In fact, before, you will observe that most houses have the same roof structure and style which serves as one of the greatest attractions in these countries.

    Willene Fagen

  3. The gable roof is, indeed, pretty attractive. But what captivates me in this wonderful structure is that balcony where the guys are hanging out and enjoying the view. They’re lucky to have seen the rainbow while they were having fun. If you really want to enjoy the outside view, balconies and roof tops are the best choice for you!

    Kip Whitehead

    1. We were indeed lucky! I couldn't have asked for better timing.

  4. That is one cool experience! I believe the architect of the unbelievable Yellowstone is incredibly young during their time, and it’s nice to see that this structure is still in its usual appearance as it was decades ago. The gable roof is very attractive as well. It’s impressive how they get to maintain the sturdiness and elegance of the structure’s roof for a very long time.

    Laurelle  Baughman

  5. The view is just magnificent! Green fields, a nice sky, and a gorgeous rainbow…Wow! It’s as that day was designed to be just the perfect day. You don’t really have to do much of anything, to be honest. You can just stand there and enjoy the beautiful view! :D

    Lenore Lung

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