I was to meet some friends in Yosemite this past Sunday.
Needing three hours to get there, I took off around nine for the park. I had
to make sure the truck was running before I left hence the late start
(short version, battery post was corroded through--new battery and a bit
of a charge).
Fast forward to Yosemite. I arrived at the entrance station just about noon
and stopped on the way for a couple of photos...in the distance, you can just
make out Bridalveil Falls.
Some of the road construction isn't complete making valley traffic worse than
Worried I'd miss the boys, it took nearly a half hour to go less than five
miles to the Ahwahnee.
I was late and no one was around. So, walked the grounds and tried to imagine
what this was like back when Gilbert Stanely Underwood designed this 150,000sf
lodge. In case you were wondering, Ahwahnee means "deep, grassy meadow" which
the hotel is situated in.
It was getting towards two pm and I needed to start making tracks. I wanted
to visit Glacier Point before I left. Back the traffic jam and out 41 to
Here, the last remnants of winter still hold on. Including the slight chill
as I pass larger accumulations of snow.
This is my feeble attempt at the "on-bike" shot. Headed down the road to
Glacier Point was the site of one of the National Park's nicest hotels.
It burned to the ground and wasn't rebuilt. Instead, a gift shop and recently,
a newer version of the shop with a couple of restrooms (and a dozen
porta-pottys) and a nicer parking lot grace the site.
Here's what you would have had to look at in the morning.
Glacier Point offers one of the nicest views of the water falls. To the right,
Nevada Falls and to the center, Vernal Falls.
The view of the Ahwahnee from Glacier puts the size of the park in perspective.
The mighty GS was my ride of choice today and I should give it props for the
I exited the park and headed over to Hwy 49 for some fun in the twisties.
Should have paid more attention to the clock for the ride WEST was into the
setting sun. You can see the twists and even where the road goes high above
the lake. 49 is a fun road but avoid riding into the sun
Aside from almost running out of gas shy of Sonora, a nice trip.
That's about it. No shots on the way home as I was making time and didn't arrive
home until nearly ten pm. What a day!
Oh, and Jerry? I think I might have seen you guys towards Glacier Point. Sorry
I didn't turn around. Maybe next time?