Yosemite Valley

by Joanne on March 9, 2012

*Problems with the internet in our travels so formatting is messed up. Consider this more of a picture tour as you try to find the text scattered around this post. Unfortunately, wordpress doesn’t want to work.

7:30 am pick up at hotel.  A 3 hour drive to Yosemite Valley Park.

A lot of picture taking followed by an absolutely FABULOUS lunch at the Awhanee Hotel. We had a wild
ride back down the mountain but what a wonderful day.

Mariposa Grove.  75 scattered groupings of giant sequoia trees.



The Grizzly Giant measures 96 feet in circumference and 27.6 ft. in diameter
at the base.




The temperature was 39 degrees but the air was still plus the hike up the
mountain prevented us from getting too cold.

The tour guide aka bus driver offered much more information than I could ever
offer in one post about the area.  It seemed every mountainous peak had a name
as did many trees and waterfalls.  We simply took in all the majestic beauty
with mental notes to reference details later.

You just can’t beat this scenery.

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls and more. All breathtaking.

We stopped at the historic Ahwahnee for lunch.  Just look at this place!  A
first class hotel open year round.  The main building is 150,000 sq. ft. and
houses 99 rooms, 7 of which are suites.  East of the Ahwahnee are 8 bungalows
with an additional 24 rooms. If you’re interested, the going rate is about $500
per night.  That is… if you’re interested.

Lunch was a fresh field green salad and the fresh mountain trout almandine
with sautéed spinach and rice pilaf.

Our day ended with a buffet dinner with raisin growers, packers, and members
of the California Raisin Board.

A long, tiring, eventful, outrageously scenic, overwhelmingly beautiful

Next:  The Food Expo at the Fresno Convention Center.

What’s the most scenic, breathtaking place you have ever

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  • At 2012.03.09 10:14, Nancy Jean said:

    Those pictures are remarkable, Joanne … the trees, holy cow?!! What great memories you’ll take away from this trip. I’ve heard about the Ahwahnee and so good to hear it lived up to “my” expectations. That trout looked fabulous. You’re probably as close as I’ll ever get to being there!
    Cannot wait to hear about your adventures in person. ENJOY, ENJOY!

    • At 2012.03.09 12:51, Nelly said:

      Awesome on going to Yosemite! That is my favorite national park. I live just 4 hours from it, but I’ve only been there twice ever (in junior high, and then in 2010). What an amazing place. We did the clouds rest 22 mile hike when we were there in 2010.

      My favorite place I’ve ever visited is probably Milford Sound in New Zealand.
      And I’d say the South Island of New Zealand in general is my favorite place I’ve ever visited.

      • At 2012.03.10 06:21, Genelle said:

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        • At 2012.03.11 22:38, Pam said:

          What a breath-taking place!! I’m so happy you are having an amazing time 🙂

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