Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Most visitors to Yosemite from the San Francisco Bay area travel on Highway120. Just before Big Oak Flat and Groveland, the road tops out at Priest’s Station. I did a nice write up about it several weeks ago, so I won’t rehash that. But on my February trip I stopped by and checked it out. In October, 2009 the Wally Anker family reopened Priest Station as a restaurant and store. The site has been plagued by fires over the years. They have cleaned up the property, added a deck overlooking Grizzly Gulch and paved the parking lot. They boast a fine eatery and a few rental cabins. The Priest Station site still contains the original water well, which Anker hopes to restore. An old garage serves as their office. I met Steve and Denise Anker, a nice couple who are descendents of the original owners and they run the place. They welcome travelers who stop by for a bite after the hair-raising ride up the grade. They specialize in home-style cooking and offer authentic German dinners every first Saturday. They have a lot of olde tyme photos on the walls from their ancestors who began the enterprise in 1853! Enjoy – and tell them Mr. Half Dome sent ya!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “And the winner for best hike in the world is . . . . HALF DOME!”
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com