California, Oregon, & Washington 2010 travel blog

Yosemite Falls from the Valley

The Granite Walls near El Capitan

El Capitan

The Merced River near the Ahwahnee Hotel

The Merced River

Other Views from the Valley

The Ahwahnee Hotel

Another Wing of the Hotel

The Great Room in the Hotel--See the Walkin Fireplace

Bridal Veil Falls

Today we took another route to Yosemite to avoid the road work in the park. We drove the nice town of Mariposa and then to the park. Along the way, we had a detour in a narrow canyon to an alternate route because a huge rock slide had covered about 400 yards of the old highway. It was quite a sight and made us realize the meaning of road signs that say--"Rock Slide Area". I don't want to we there when one happens! The Valley is the central point that most people visit. There were many people in the park but the shuttle bus system and one-way roads kept everyone moving along. Since this is summer-lots of families come and ride bikes and swim or float the Merced River. We visited Bridal Veil Falls but because of the sun angle, we returned later that day for photos. In the Visitors center we saw a wonder movie--Spirit of Yosemite. Then we visited the Ansel Adams Gallery to see many of his Yosemite photos. Following that we had lunch and decided to ride the shuttle to the west end of the Valley where most of the campers stayed. All the camp grounds were full with lots of families everywhere. Finally we toured the famous Ahwahnee Hotel that was build in 1926 for more that $1 million dollars. It looks like it is make of wood but it is actually stained concrete. The room rates are a little steep--$440 to $1140 per night in the summer. We decided one cheap night was worth about a month of RVing! It is a spectacular hotel in the wild but I guess for those prices you should get virtually anything you want. After the Hotel, we did a geocache at El Capitan but could not find it. Susan was not happy! So we headed home and had a nice dinner at the local casino.

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