We've been many places in the world since and wanted to take a fun trip to commemorate our 40th anniversary. This year we only had a small window of time so Mr. Scottie Dog set out to plan a special trip for us. Both of us had been to Yosemite as kids and once we had driven through the park when our girls were small.
If you aren't from California you might not realize how big a state it is. We drove all day Friday and spent the night in Merced, a town two hours away from Yosemite National Park. Next morning after breakfast it was off to Yosemite. This is a popular place. We waited in a line of cars, buses and motor homes for 45 minutes just to get to the entrance gate. Sheer granite cliffs were peeking through the trees as we wound up the Merced River Valley. After we drove into the park we turned South towards Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequioa trees. An hour later after climbing to 6,000' and then down to 4,000' elevation we arrive at our lodging...The Wawona Hotel.
Comfy bed (that's the side veranda of the main hotel through the window).
A little desk, our chairs just outside the windows. No phones, no TV....we sat and enjoyed the evenings. One night a large and extended family posed for photos on the lawn outside. Turns out it was a family from Redlands and surrounding area (where I grew up in So. CA) celebrating mom and dad's 50th anniversary!
Even the bathroom floor seemed made for us....Grandma's Flower Garden Hex Quilt Pattern!
We took some hikes. This one was to Yosemite Lower Falls. The Falls seemed to disappoint many of the hikers...just a trickle of water this year (and Upper Falls was just a damp smear on the rocks). After all this is a huge drought year. I still found it beautiful. In the park we heard so many languages being spoken: German, Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese and more. At breakfast at the table next to me two young men were speaking French. Later we observed them speaking an Asian language; Vietnamese? Cambodian?
We stopped and an Australian couple took our photo with Half Dome barely visible through the trees.
Up at Glacier Point we could pose again with Half Dome. We could also look awaaaaay down and see the Ahwahnee Hotel on the valley floor.
We had the Grand Sunday Brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel on our Anniversary. Oh, my! Every imaginable lovely breakfast item...Mr. Scottie Dog raved about the Eggs Benedict but I must confess I chose more luncheon-type items from the salads, cheese tray...the prawns served in an ice sculpture, poached salmon, some cheese tortaellini, mussels, pesto chicken and more.
Here's one last photo of one of the giants we saw. It was a nice and relaxing trip. We'll remember it fondly. Drove on to spend another night in Sacramento, swim a little and today drove back home. It's true what they say, "East, West, Home's Best."