One of the best things about running a bed and breakfast is that you get to meet a lot of lovely people.
In the mid 1980’s Yellowstone National Park received international acclaim when it was designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. While we haven’t yet gained UN attention (!), we do serve an international clientele and, among them, were the lovely couple Martyn and Jeanette from the United Kingdom.
Our kids were especially appreciative of Martyn’s Cockney rhyming abilities and Jeanette tolerated his flirtatious behavior in good humor!
Martyn is a Yorkshireman who works near London and lives in the nearby beautiful Chiltern Hills. He works as a Chartered Accountant (CPA) in a large law firm. Jeanette is from Namibia in southern Africa originally, and runs needlepoint tuition classes and makes doll’s house miniatures. (Amongst many other talents!) Check out some samples of her work below - she really does some amazing stuff! If you click on the photos, you can see them in a larger size.
Why did you decide to come to Yellowstone?
“ Always wanted to visit…this was the first time, and swept it in with flying in to Rapid City, visiting Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Sheridan, Little Big Horn, Livingston area, Yellowstone Park itself, through to Jackson Hole and the Tetons, down through Central Wyoming to Elk Mountain and Cheyenne, and flying out of Denver.”
What were the highlights of your visit?
“Where to start ??!! The game drive into the Lamar Valley, the horse ride and seeing the black bear mother and two cubs run up the hill, the float ride near Moose Junction…stunning….and Old Faithfull. The setting and hospitality at Headwaters and making new American friends of both hosts and visitors. AND the advice to eat in the Raven Grill !!”
What sorts of wildlife were your favorite?
“The bears and all the teeming game and beautiful birds in the Lamar Valley.”
Any trip planning advice for your fellow guests?
“Get the detailed maps, use the Internet and plan it yourself. We found the wonderfully quiet and awesome Natural Bridge Falls near Livingston this way. Where ever possible stay in family run accommodations.”
Do tell, what’s with the OLD MISS hat?
Well….my great friend that I studied with and qualified with become USA VP Finance of a multi-national controlled from the UK. They spent 4 years in Memphis and we vacationed with them there. We went to see and have lunch in Oxford, Mississippi. He always wore a MSU ball cap in Memphis and he always went to the college ball game MSU v Old Miss with friends and colleagues.
The next Christmas he sent me the Old Miss ball cap and a tee shirt with a quote from the football coach…. ‘We may not win all our games, but we ain’t never lost a party’. So in the USA I always wear Ole Miss !
“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.” Francis Bacon