Here we are and it is back to school time again. Randy and I dont have any school aged kids anymore, but we sure have enough grand kids to go around. Current count is 11! What joy it is to be a grand parent! Once school starts, the crowds start thinning down and it is time to think about Fall. Fall in Yosemite! Oh my goodness. It is just wonderful. The air is full of excitement as nature begins to get ready for the chilly months ahead. The leaves quickly show their harvest colors and sail to the valley floor. If you think you are in need of a quiet holiday, Fall in Yosemite is the time to come. Coming up soon is our Mariposa County Fair and Homecoming. If you have ever wanted to experience a real hometown celebration, this is the time! Complete with our own parade downtown, destruction Derby and rodeo! We would love to see you this fall!
Visitors from all over the world are streaming into Mariposa to spend a few days in Yosemite National Park. Even though it has been a dry year the Park is still green and beautiful. We took a hike up to Sentinel Dome this week and then on to Glacier Point for our traditional after hike ice cream. It just doesn’t get better than this. Truly, it really doesn’t. Left Mariposa around 11 and drove up to the park, the line was only 3 cars deep at the entrance. We drove through the Bridalveil parking lot to see how much water was coming over the falls and it was low, but the mist it was creating was beautiful none the less. Next up the 41 to the tunnel view! This is tradition as well as honking all the way through the tunnel on Hwy 41! My sister, a native Mariposian, was here visiting and needed her “Yosemite” fix before heading back to Colorado. The drive to Sentinel Dome is not long and the hike up to the TOP of the dome is only 1.1 miles. Not much effort is needed to experience the most amazing 360 degree views of Yosemite. We are looking forward to Fall and the colors and rains it will bring. Rooms are still available at the Inn in November and December. Come! Be our guest!
For some, the current weather is worrisome.. will the rain and snow come? But for many of us long term Sierra Foothill residences, we have seen this weather before. As a young girl, I clearly remember laying out in the sunshine this time of year, trying to get a mid-winter tan and enjoying wearing my short pants instead of my winter gear! I also remember SNOW in June!! Everyone is trying hard to conserve and I am all in favor. Mother Nature is never like clock work, this we all know well. So, let’s enjoy this wonderful weather and hope and pray for some wetter weather in the Spring. This beautiful weather provides opportunities that are clearly not available in the summer, due to much higher traffic and not available in winter due to snow. Mariposa Grove Road is still open, allowing foot traffic through to the Giant Sequoias. Actually, I have hiked up to the Grove in the snow….it is just amazing! Snow shoeing or cross country skiing in the Glacier Point area is fabulous. And to end the day, take time and wait to see the sunsets, they have been out of this world. With early Spring like weather and the crowds still 3 months away, now is the time to HEAD FOR THE HILLS!!! Come and visit soon.
Well, the holidays are here. I think they come faster and faster every year. It is Christmas Eve and I have not even wrapped gifts yet! We are so excited to see all the grandkids….there are now 11. Here in Mariposa, the sky is crystal blue and it is pushing 65 degrees. I LOVE Christmas in Mariposa no matter what the weather brings. It is never predictable, that is for sure. It could be T-shirt weather or skiing weather. Christmastime in Yosemite is everyone’s favorite time of year. The Bracebridge dinner at the beautiful Ahwahnee Hotel is one event that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Randy and I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. We hope you can come and visit Yosemite and the 5th Steet Inn in the New Year.
Randy and Patti
So here it is winter already! What a year we have had. With the Rim Fire and the Park Closing causing a little ruckus at the end of the summer we are sure happy to welcome our winter activities!! We are expecting our first snow this weekend! Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park is the most wonderful place to go. So family friendly and AFFORDABLE!! Which is rare this day and age!! Looks like Badger will be opening on December 13th this year, so grab your skis, boots and poles (or snowboards or snowshoes) and head for the hills. Stay with us at the 5th Street Inn and enjoy the beautiful drive up through Yosemite Valley and on to Badger Pass. Badger Pass is a full-service ski resort offering ski and snowboard instruction, rental equipment, a ski shop, childcare, and a cafeteria and lounge. Or maybe you would like to try ice skating in the beautiful Yosemite Valley. “Ice skating has been a tradition since the 1930s. Tucked beneath the majestic forms of Half Dome, and Glacier Point, this one-of-a-kind Northern California skating rink offers breathtaking views, family-friendly fun and even just a hint of romance.” (http://www.yosemitepark.com/ice-skating.aspx) Head back to Mariposa in the evening and you can enjoy dinner at one of our fine dining establishments within walking distance of your room.
The Inn got a new fresh coat of paint this fall and she is ready for the new year!!! She is beautiful!! Our staff is ready to serve you. Looking forward to your visit to Mariposa and Yosemite National Park!!!
Merry Christmas to you all!
Randy and Patti