Yosemite National Park 16-Apr-2018

Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California

Although we’ve been to Yosemite National Park more than a few times since, the last time I can recall being on the valley floor was 1983. The LovedOne thinks she was there with her family ages ago, but can’t really remember. Neither of us had ever stayed at the iconic (and very expensive) Majestic Hotel (formerly the The Ahwahnee Hotel). So, as part of a recent roadtrip around various western national parks and monuments, we made a one-night reservation at the hotel and drove to Yosemite. The summer-time crowds and traffic jams in the valley are legendary (and becoming worse) but, thanks to our fortuitous arrival in a snow storm, we found the place remarkably uncrowded and quiet. Despite the cost, the hotel was a great experience, as was dinner in its huge, timbered dining room. It snowed all night but conditions were full bluebird by morning! After breakfast, we were able to enjoy a pleasant stroll to Yosemite Fall before heading-off to our next park.

Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Into the storm…
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
The snow started falling soon after our arrival
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
By summer, this place will be as crowded as Times Square at New Years
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Conditions worthy of a smile and a new hat!
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
The Majestic in the morning
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Glacier Point
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Looking west from the trail to Yosemite Fall
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Lower Yosemite Fall
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Yosemite Creek was running high with slush
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Upper Yosemite Fall
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
There is one spot where we could see all of Yosemite Fall
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Upper Yosemite Fall and Lost Arrow
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
Upper Yosemite Fall and Lost Arrow
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
A coyote foraging for lunch in the meadow below Glacier Point
Majestic Hotel Yosemite National Park California
El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall from Tunnel View

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