Yosemite National Park Journals

Yosemite--You've Got To Go

An April 2000 trip to Yosemite National Park by Mrs. J

Quote: All the national parks are great; but, Yosemite is in a class by itself. If you've never been there, you owe it to yourself to go. The granduer is overwhelming.

Yosemite--You've Got To Go

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Overview

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Just BEING there is an experience. Entering the valley and seeing the Half-Dome for the first time, (you'll recognize it from many famous photographs and paintings) is a memorable moment. The giant sequoias are, likewise, awe-inspiring. Yosemite Falls is just one of many tremendous waterfalls that spill into the valley from high, high up on the valley's rims. It is the tallest waterfall in North America and the base can be easily reached with a stroller and wheelchair accessible 1/2 mile walk. The Merced River, which runs into the park at the south entrance and winds its way through, can be easily viewed from turnouts along the road. Its raging rapids provided us with mesmerizing moments of view...Read More

Yosemite Cedar Lodge

Hotel | "Cedar Lodge"

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This is one of my top two favorite places to stay when visiting Yosemite National Park. They are only 8 miles from the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite. Highway 140 is a very scenic route that stays very close to the Merced River as it enters the park. This route into the park is a tourist attraction in itself. The hotel is just across this two lane highway from the river. A beautiful River Walk follows the river for about a hundred yards directly in front of the hotel. After a day of sightseeing it was very relaxing to walk along the river in the gently lit darkness, stopping at a picnic table to listen to the rapids roaring along. We stayed in the late spring last time and the river was quite w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Yosemite Cedar Lodge
9966 Highway 140
El Portal, California 95318
(209) 379-2316

Yosemite View Lodge

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Hotel

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This is one of my two favorite places to stay when going to Yosemite National Park. It gets booked up very early, even in spring when the park isn't that crowded. It is practically inside the park--I think about two miles from the Arch Rock Entrance. It is right alongside a stretch of the Merced River, with patios and balconies overlooking the water. It is on the same side of the highway as the Merced river. My other favorite, nearby motel, the Cedar Lodge, is actually just across the street from the Merced River. I like being able to see and hear the river rapids from the room. You can try to get a room with a fireplace or a family unit with a kitchenette. Really try to get one with a close r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Yosemite View Lodge
11156 Highway 140
Yosemite National Park, California 95318
(209) 379-2681

Ahwahnee Dining Room

Restaurant | "Ahwahnee Bar (light dining room)"

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Located in the world-class Ahwahnee Hotel, this light-filled pub offers a chance to eat in the Ahwahnee without having to make reservations or get dressed up. While the more formal Ahwahnee Dining room exists in a vast expanse of space with soaring ceilings--this location is very intimate and cozy. Glass doors open onto a charming patio area and in the spring and summer squirrels, chipmunks and birds sometimes fly in. We brought our small children to eat lunch with us one afternoon and found that a tiny chipmunk was hiding under our table. This seems somewhat incongruous in the majestic hotel; but, we found that it provided such entertainment for our kids that were able to get through a three-cour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Ahwahnee Dining Room
Yosemite Valley Village
Yosemite National Park, California 95379
+1 209 372 1489

Ahwahnee Dining Room

Restaurant | "The Ahwahnee Dining Room"

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We went to the Ahwahnee Hotel's Dining Room expecting to be dazzled and weren't disappointed. The tremendous picture windows frame magnificent, very close-up mountain peaks. While your eyes are drinking in this beauty your other senses will be savoring the award winning traditional, but imaginative cuisine. Reservations can be difficult to get at times; check as far ahead as possible. Consider going for lunch when reservations aren't necessary at all. Do not expect to be comfortable taking small children to eat here. We brought our 4 and 8 year old with us for lunch and changed our minds about it after talking to one of the hotel staff. We opted, instead, to dine in the Ahwahnee Bar with them. ...Read More

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Ahwahnee Dining Room
Yosemite Valley Village
Yosemite National Park, California 95379
+1 209 372 1489

Wawona Stable

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Attraction | "Horseback Riding at Yosemite"

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For some, experiencing the beauty of Yosemite by horseback is the best way. Tell that to my 8-year-old son who took a two-hour ride with us leaving from the Wawona Stables last spring. The horses follow each other in a straight line during the trip and his horse was right behind 'old gassy the geezer,' or so our son name him. The rest of us had a very good time. We had to leave our 4-year-old daughter with her grandmother to play on the grounds of the Wawona Hotel because the lower age limit is 7 years. She was indignant but enjoyed playing around the hotel grounds with her grandmother. The rides cost $35 and depart several times daily. Longer rides are available--half-day at $46 and all-day at...Read More

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Wawona Stable
Wawona Meaadow
Yosemite National Park, California