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Yosemite – part three – a walk to the Majestic

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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).

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

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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.

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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.

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The bare tree branches allowed for some dramatic scenes.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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View of the hotel built right up against the mountain.

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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.

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