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Yosemite – part three – a walk to the Majestic



Upper Yosemite Falls

On Sunday S and I decided to walk the two miles from Yosemite Valley Lodge over to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel).

It was another chilly sunny morning and I was beginning to doubt I would ever experience snow at Yosemite in my lifetime!


Although we enjoyed the group hike the day before, we were equally happy to have time on our own, going at our own speed and stopping to take photos.


A lot of the trees looked pretty brown and dried up. I wasn’t sure if that was the drought or the time of year.

The bare tree branches allowed for some dramatic scenes.


A rather ominous sign. Does that mean the rest of the park is full of guns?


Like Mona Lisa’s eyes, Yosemite Falls followed us along our route.

Our plan was to eat lunch at the hotel bar then take a docent tour of the Majestic Hotel.


Two of the light fixtures in the bar, one with bears, the other with pine trees.


After lunch we had a wait for the docent tour so I hunkered down for a nap in a very comfy chair in the Writing Room next to a window  with a lovely view.


View of the hotel built right up against the mountain.

yosemite yosemiteOur tour guide was very lively and passionate about his subject. He told us he had been climbing El Capitan and Half Dome since he was about four years old with his parents.


Although our accommodations at the lodge were very comfortable I wouldn’t mind staying at the Majestic (Ahwahnee) on my next visit! This last photo shows what the original decoration of the walls and ceilings looked like. You can see the areas that have been uncovered under the yellow and brown paint. At one point it was thought to be too busy so it was painted over.



Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

11 thoughts on “Yosemite – part three – a walk to the Majestic

  1. Wow! Your photographs are spectacular, Roslyn. Hum…I might like to hang out in that Writing Room. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  2. Such beautiful scenery so magical. The hotel was just magnificent. I loved looking at all the photos. What a wonderful place to be. x

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    • Yosemite certainly is a wonderland. And for me it’s close enough to take a long weekend vacation. People save up all kinds of money to go to Disneyland but there is so much to do at Yosemite for the whole family. (I like Disneyland too!)

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  3. You are not at a loss for things to photograph on this trip. That light fixture with the pine trees would go good in my house. If you can get it down, I’ll pay the shipping! Or your bail!

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  4. Majestic nature photos spectacularly framed!


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