27. March 2015


Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel – the Best of the best in the National Park system

The Ahwahnee is well known for its beamed ceilings, massive stone hearths Native American artwork and primo rooms. It has 123 rooms: 99 hotel rooms and 24 cottages. Rates START at $490 for a standard room.

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Yosemite’s Ahwahnee

So what’s the big deal?  Built in 1927, it is the best you’re going to find in the NPS.  You must stay there once to appreciate it.

  • The Great Lounge – A study in size and grace, the Great Lounge is 77 feet long and 51 feet wide with 24-foot-high ceilings. Ten massive windows and a stone fireplace.
  • The Ahwahnee Dining Room – A 34-foot high ceiling with large sugar pine trestles and floor-to-ceiling windows framed with stained glass.
  • The Solarium, Winter Club, and Mural Room – These rooms feature historic photographs, artwork, and windows with beautiful views.
  • Native American Baskets – An exhibit of Native American hand woven baskets in The Ahwahnee’s Great Lounge demonstrates the artistry of California tribes such as Miwok, Pomo, Mono, Hupa and Yokuts, as well as that of Arizona’s Pima tribe.
  • Historic Rugs – The hotel’s original decorators, Dr. Phyllis Ackerman and Dr. Arthur Upham Pope, were experts in Persian arts and selected a variety of

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26. March 2015


Hikers lost at Yosemite found near Wawona area.

Four adults in the same family got lost on a hike in Yosemite early last week. The Safir’s were in pretty desolate terrain. They had to spend the night while unable to find their way out. After an intensive search they were found last Wednesday.

The Stockton residents spoke little English, so their complete story is hard to tell. Resources from these agencies assisted:  NPS, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and U.S. Forest Service. They ended up near Chowchilla Mountain.

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Map of the Chochilla area

Luckily they got cell service and did phone for help.

The way they were rescued involved their GPS and they even took pix of where they were. The Chowchilla Mountain Road is a spur off Highway 49. Turns out the road was once a stagecoach route into the park. Perhaps the Mariposa Battalion went his way to discover the valley.



Unrelated thought worth quoting: Lost in time, and lost in space… and meaning. - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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22. March 2015

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A Half Dome follow-on hike: Try the Oregon Desert Trail

The Oregon Trail is about 800 miles long. A couple of years ago, a 33-year old woman named Sage Clegg, from the burg of Bend, OR biked 600 miles of the trail then hiked the remaining 200. She is the first person to cover the entire trail. She did in 37 days.

The trail is being developed by the Oregon Natural Desert Association. It passes through Diablo Peak, Fremont National Forest, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, the Pueblo Mountains, the Trout Creek Mountains and the Owyhee River Wilderness.

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The Oregon trail

Clegg carried a cell phone and a GPS, and wrote notes to help other future hikers. For safety, she used a SPOT emergency “beacon.” This let people back home know where she was. Others could follow her via an electronic “breadcrumb” movement of her position. She also had a solar charger for the cell. Other basics such as sleeping bag, camping mattress, hiking poles, clothing and rain gear were in her 35-pound backpack.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” – John Muir 

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


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