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Bears, Wolves, Buffalo and Elk and a Supervolcano

buffalo in tetonsI'm going to a place today that doesn't exist. Well, the place exists, but there is no such town. It's an area, a valley, not a city. That place is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I'm obviously not a snow skier or I would know that. There is a town called Jackson, however, and we're spending tonight there. It'll probably be at least 50 degrees cooler in Jackson today than in Sacramento.

People ask how I stay sane when I sell so many Sacramento short sales, and this is how I do it. Every so often, I get away. I go somewhere totally foreign. A place where nobody is talking about a short sale. Last year it was Viet Nam. This year, it's Yellowstone National Park.

When I was trying to figure out what types of clothing to bring, I decided to pop over to the Yellowstone Webcams put online by the National Park Service. It's really cool because you can watch people walking around. You can also watch streaming video of real-time Old Faithful geyser eruptions.

Weather reports don't necessarily tell you much, you know. I mean, you know the low and the high but in Yellowstone that could mean the difference between shorts or jeans. Most people were wearing jackets, hats and they had their hands in their pockets. I take it that means no sandals for me.

We made our reservations more than a year ago, right before Ken Burns' The National Parks came out on DVD. This seems like the perfect time of the year to go to Yellowstone. Crowds are much thinner just before some of the lodges close for the season. I don't believe there is Internet, either. We're talking remote and wild.

And Myrl, if you're reading this, don't worry about security -- we have people at the house, taking care of it and the cats. Linda Swanson, my team member, is handling my escrows and listings.

Worry instead about the supervolcano caldera. And not just because I'm there. The largest volcano caldera in North America is at Yellowstone. The last time it erupted was about 640,000 years ago and some experts believe we are overdue for an eruption. This volcanic area is 1,500 square miles. An eruption would not only obliterate the park, but it would cause worldwide destruction from volcanic ash. Which could block out the sun, kill plants and wildlife, and possibly throw us into another ice age.

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Hi Elizabeth;

In the summer of 2000, my wife, my 3 kids (at that time 13, 9 and 8) took the month of July and drove across Canada, east to west, and back across the States, west to east.  I drove 15,000 km (9375 miles) in 30 days.  We had camped most of the time and had an amazing trip.  On our way home, we detoured a bit south and spent a day at Yellowstone.  It was an unbelievable place.  We saw some really great scenery on our travels, but Yellowstone held more oddities per square mile than anyplace else.

Old Faithful gets all the press, but we ranked that well down the list of Interesting Things We Saw in Yellowstone.  I hope you have a great trip.  You're bound to enjoy it.


Posted by Paul Burns (Century21 Countryside Realty Ltd.) almost 10 years ago

Elizabeth - You deserve it as much as I see you work thru our wonderful blogging system. It is nice to hear that you don't go to the same place over and over. I have not been to Yellowstone since I was 4 or 5 years old.


Posted by Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

I haven't been to yellowstone.  My parents were there years ago and took some amazing photos.  I'm looking forward to yours too.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 10 years ago

Thank you, Paul. I agree with your assessment: but Yellowstone held more oddities per square mile than anyplace else. That's one of the main reasons we are going there. I, too, once took a trip from California to Maine, and drove back to California by going down the East Coast to Florida before heading west. Camped all the way. I think every person owes it to themselves to do that at least once in a lifetime.

Ken: Believe it or not, for years I used to go to Jamaica in the summer. Over and over. One day I woke up and realized how much I was cheating myself by not going to other faraway and more exotic places.

Tammy: You should go. I've been told that there's no other place in the world like it. The Continental Divide zigzags through the mountains. It has a grand canyon, countless waterfalls and a whole bunch of geysers. The largest high altitude lake in the lower 48. It's bigger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. You'll find swirling yellow and orange bubbling holes in the ground, all sorts of multi-colored thermal features. Mud baths. Sulfur fumaroles, steam vents, piles of weird stuff. Not to mention grizzly bears. I'm carrying bear spray. I read in the paper this morning about a woman in Montana who beat a bear off with a zucchini.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 10 years ago

Have a great trip Elizabeth.  I spent the day in Yosemite yesterday.  Sometimes even getting away for just the day is a good thing.

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) almost 10 years ago

Elizabeth - My husband really wants to go to Yellowstone!  I am going to save your links for research and building a plan.

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Yes, Mryl wrote the security blog post just the other day so it's nice that you put her on notice. I guess you did not go to Rain Camp today. I believe it was in your area.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 10 years ago

Melissa: Rain Camp is not in my area. It's in San Jose. I am based in Sacramento. On a good day, it would be a 3-hour train ride. You guys down in southern California! LOL.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 10 years ago

Elizabeth - You are going to love Wyoming.  It is on my road trip list for sometime next year!  Be sure to check out the moose while you are there too.  I'm glad you have someone housesitting.  I do the same thing when I'm gone.  My son, takes good care of my home and animals for me.  Otherwise, I would need to hire Cujo. . .LOL

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 10 years ago

Elizabeth -

Hope you have a great time.  Don't forget Grand Teton park.  Find some trail to hike.  Get away from vehicles for a few hours.  The Jenny's Lake ranger station can show you where. 

I ate lunch with a moose there once.  And I'm not talking fraternal brother.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) almost 10 years ago

I love Jackson Hole!  Myfour kids and I went white water rafting, horseback riding and to a rodeo while we were there. We took some great hikes through the Grand Tetons and enjoyed an outdoor breakfast of cowboy coffee and scrambled eggs beside Jenny Lake.  It makes the top 10 best vacations ever in my book.  Enjoy!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 10 years ago

Elizabeth - So glad to hear that you're taking some time off.  You deserve it.  Have a great vaca.  :)

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) almost 10 years ago

Elizabeth - So glad to hear that you're taking some time off.  You deserve it.  Have a great vaca.  :)

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) almost 10 years ago

Love it! Love the Tetons, Jackson Hole  and the Yellowstone!  Hope you have a fantastic trip!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 10 years ago

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