Yosemite National Park Journals

Yosemite in the Spring

A March 2004 trip to Yosemite National Park by StephCat

Yosemite Spring Photo, Yosemite National Park, California More Photos
Quote: Every year since I’ve moved back to California (summer of 1999), I’ve attended the spring California Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) continuing education seminar in Yosemite. My husband, a teacher, ditches a day of school to come with me.

Yosemite in the Spring

Overview

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Hiking, of course! The Yosemite Falls Trail is one of the most popular and generally open this time of year. Bridal Falls is lovely, and you can walk up to the bottom of the falls. Don't miss having a meal at the Ahwahnee Hotel - it's a beautiful building with a great restaurant. If the prices are a little steep, go to the bar, get a drink, and relax by one of the huge stone fireplaces. Bring binoculars for night sky viewing on moonless nights. Quick Tips: Spring is a good time to visit - the weather is often gorgeous and the park is not as crowded as it can be in the summer. , Many of the hiking trails are closed for the season, but depending on the w...Read More

Yosemite Lodge

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Hotel

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The rooms at the lodge are basic but fairly large and clean, with enough room to throw your stuff all over the place. Large open closets and decent-sized bureaus have enough space for gear, packs, and clothes. Some of the rooms are smoking rooms, so if you prefer nonsmoking, make sure you request nonsmoking when you make your reservations. Some of the rooms have balconies/porches. There are no TVs but there are phones. Most rooms have a table and chairs - good for making up a quick picnic lunch or playing a board game. The bathrooms are spacious, and we've never had problems with hot water running out or water pressure. All the rooms we've stayed in have had large va...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2005

Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, California
(559) 252-4848

Ahwahnee Dining Room

Restaurant | "The Ahwahnee Dining Room"

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The Ahwanhee Hotel is an incredibly beautiful hotel nestled against the side of the valley wall. Built in the 1920s, it has gorgeous arts-and-crafts architecture on a huge scale. Sumptuous antique rugs decorate some of the walls. Huge stone fireplaces invite lingering on a cold night. The dining rooms is large, with a very tall ceiling with exposed beams. Huge windows look over the adjacent meadow. My husband and I have had both lunch and dinner at the Ahwanhee. Lunch is less formal - you can eat in hiking gear. Dinner is very formal - definitely no jeans, shorts, etc. Make sure you bring at least one set of dress-up clothes! The prices are not cheap, but the amb...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2005

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

Mountain Room Bar & Lounge

Restaurant | "Mountain Room"

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The Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge is a nice, less expensive alternative to the Ahwahnee for a relaxing, good meal. Not to say it's cheap; you’ll still spend $50 to $60 for two people, but it's less expensive, easier to get reservations, and if you're staying at the Lodge, more convenient. The Mountain Room is more kid-friendly, so don't expect as quiet or romantic of a dining experience. Request if possible a table near a window - it'll be quieter, plus, depending on the moon phase, you may get a lovely view of the Falls. A series of gorgeous color photos of Yosemite are hung along all the walls without windows. The food is tasty continental/California cuisine, steaks, fish, pas...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2005

Mountain Room Bar & Lounge
Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
+1 209 372 1000

Mist Trail and Vernal Falls

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Attraction

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With all the rain we’d had recently this spring (2005), I had trepidation regarding the potential conditions in Yosemite. Not to worry – we had the warmest trip yet this past weekend, and the roads were totally clear, with no ice or snow. Instead we got brilliant, clear skies, snow-kissed cliffs, and balmy temperatures. Friday afternoon, we parked at the trailhead parking past Curry Village and walked to Happy Isles. We were able to hike the Mist Trail this time, heading up past Vernal Falls to the bridge below Nevada Falls, then up to Clark Point (net elevation gain about 1,500 feet) and down the John Muir Trail. As gorgeous as it is being close to Vernal Falls on the steep stairs jus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

Mist Trail and Vernal Falls
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, California

Tenaya Lake

Attraction | "Tenaya Creek"

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Saturday, footsore after our 6 or 7 miles the previous day, we decided to hike around Tenaya Creek, a relatively flat hike past Mirror Lake (well, the old site of Mirror Lake, now a widening of the creek area and silting in), adjacent to the base of Half Dome, and over the bridge and back down the north side of the creek. It was a pleasant 4 or 5 miles. Bathrooms are available at Mirror Lake.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

Tenaya Lake
Mirror Lake
Yosemite National Park, California

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If you're a veterinarian, the spring CVMA conference is a great way to get your required continuing education hours combined with a lovely mini-vacation.

Lectures start at 8am and end at noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, leaving you the rest of the day to enjoy the park.

The speakers are generally quite good and convey a lot of clinically applicable info. Recent topics included dermatology, internal medicine/ endocrinology, opthomamology, and others. This year's (2005) is on diagnostic imaging and internal medicine.

If interested, sign up early; this conference sells out. Visit the CVMA website at www.cvma.net for info.

Yosemite Spring Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Every year since I’ve moved back to California (summer 1999), I’ve attended the spring California Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) continuing education seminar in Yosemite. Spring 2000 was the first time I’d ever been to Yosemite, and I was awed and stunned by its beauty. The weather was atypically balmy for March, T-shirt and shorts weather for day hiking. Spring 2001 doesn’t stand out – I’m thinking that the weather was chilly but not bad. Spring 2002 was absolutely gorgeous – it snowed while we were there and turned the valley into a fairy wonderland. This limited our hiking, true, and we left early because of fears of being snowed in, but it was so breath...Read More