Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Most Half Dome hikers prefer to stay in the Curry Village Tent cabins, Housekeeping or the Pines for camping. These spots are near the Happy Isles / John Muir Trailhead so we can roll out of bed, slam down a bagel and hit the trail at the crack of dawn’s early light. Some folks prefer more pleasant accommodations. I know Mrs. Half Dome does not rejoice unless the bed is topped by a comforter. No, she’s doesn’t do much of my outdoor stuff – she knits. But I digress. If you want to stay a couple rungs up the caste system, here are the rates. These are for “in-season” in 2010, which runs April 1 thru October 1. Get out your bars of gold.
1. The Ahwahnee Lodge begins at $430 for a standard room. If this is below your standards, you can plunk down $1094 for the Library Suite. Yeah per night.
2. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (that name cracks me) will set you back $178 a night for a standard, $194 for up to 4 people and $207 for Lodge Rooms.
3. Curry Village wood cabins start at $101 sans bath; $140 with bath and $178 for a standard.
Non-Valley rooms include the Wawona (too far for a Half Dome hike) at $145 for a shared bath (put the seat DOWN), $217 for one with your own potty. You can also get a real cabin in Foresta – but these are privately owned and rented out. Yosemite West is a cluster of condo looking units also private owned and managed.
In other news, I’ll be heading to the park Fri-Sun for the Ya Spring Forum. If you go – say hi! The forecast 2 days ago called for snow to 5,000 feet. I paniced and went out to the Honda shop and bought a set of cable chains for the Civic. 80 clams but I got them now.
If you did not see the new El Cap quarter that Tony B told us about, here’s the image:
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave.” – Hotel California, The Eagles
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com