After dreaming about staying in one of the old lodges in a National Park, we were lucky enough to get the one remaining room in the Old Faithful Inn. We were fortunate since it is the most requested lodging in the park, built next to the geyser sharing the same name.
The room was in the “old house”, the original building built over 100 years ago, which was exactly what we wanted. We expected that it would be prohibitively expensive, being a prime property in one of the most visited National Parks. It was not (a big “Thank You!” to the family and friends that provided the “going away” gifts to make this possible).
Like many of the original rooms, it shares a bath. Not a problem for two grungy, yet thrilled cyclo-tourists.
The lodge itself is a national historic landmark. It has an immense timber lobby with sky-high knotted pine ceilings, built to the height of adult lodgepole pine trees. The rhyolite stone was quarried locally to make impressive stone fireplaces.
If only we could have arrived by horse drawn carriage and had a drink with Teddy Roosevelt…
I arrived looking and smelling like a grizzled miner. After donning a fluffy white robe, walking down the hall (monocle, top hat and walking cane were not provided), and showering, I felt like I hit pay-dirt . Bully!