Ten years ago, I was blessed with an extraordinary opportunity to photograph national park lodges for the National Park Service’s concessionaire Xanterra in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The project afforded me the opportunity to visit these parks numerous times, and while most of the work was indoors, I was allowed some time to explore the parks on my own. After about two years working with the company, the work had basically run its course, and I thought that I might never hear from them again.
In the intervening years, Xanterra changed ownership, and many of my contacts with the company either retired or left the company. So it was a tremendous pleasure and a bit of a surprise for me to get an email form Rick Hoeninghausen, the marketing director for the Yellowstone lodges last summer. After catching up with each other, he revealed that the Lake Yellowstone Hotel was finishing up a renovation and would need new photos taken. What follows below is a sample of the result. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of a rekindled friendship and working relationship.