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Yosemite Valley

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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We do some schoolwork and chores in the morning and then bike up to Mirror Lake before lunch.

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We enjoy the view/scenery (eventually we are going to develop stiff necks) and then head back to the campground to have some lunch before venturing off on a longer bike ride to the Ahwahnee Hotel. We stayed at this hotel 5 years ago when they had special rates because no one was traveling right after 9/11/01. The hotel is one of my favorite hotels of any we’ve stayed at EVER. It’s an old historic hotel that was built to attract wealthy influential people to the valley. It’s a classic mountain retreat with wonderful craftsmanship. They have a tour of it on Thursday afternoon which we might take, especially if we get the rain/snow they’re calling for on Thursday.

There’s a park ranger led program meeting at the hotel at 2pm on trees. The ranger is a fantastic speaker with a wonderful sense of humor, and so the 90 minute program goes very quickly. We learn a lot about the trees in the valley and laugh a lot.

After the program we bike over to the visitors center, spend some time in the gift shop (much of the time talking to two fellow RVers that we met earlier) and then bike back to the campsite. We bike much of the time looking up at the scenery--We’ve been here 3 days and still spend a large part of our time looking up at the scenery. I’m surprised one of us hasn’t tripped or crashed into something in the last few days. The valley walls and waterfalls are amazing. The valley is around 4000 ft elevation and the top of the valley is around 7000 feet, so we’re basically surrounded by 3000 feet tall walls of granite. The waterfalls are running really heavy today so they’re especially gorgeous.

After dinner we go for a walk around the campground and I realize that I can see the Yosemite Falls from the end of the campground. We also see someone who has a Jaguar sports car and is tenting – that’s a first for us this trip. We also see someone who has a platform on the top of their pickup truck cab for their tent – another first for the trip.

Posted by jengelman 09:54 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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