After a long day of travel from the Midwest we arrived at the cozy cabin. It is extremely easy to find and everything is as advertised. The BEST thing about the cabin was the basement, which included a full bedroom with king size bed and a bathroom with an awesome shower. For families traveling, this is the perfect place for Mom and Dad to set up shop while the kids sleep in the first floor bedroom and loft. My younger son took the spare bedroom and my 15 year old took the loft.
There are tons of board games, a wireless network that is easy to connect to and a flat screen TV. The kitchen has plenty of room and has everything that you would ever consider needing. Outside there is an awesome deck with a very nice grill. We cooked out every night and were amazed at the sheer volume and brightness of the stars.
The cabin is literally across the road from the Tenaya Lodge and you can either walk or drive if you want to have a nice dinner, drinks or bar food. We were so tired that we went to Tenaya the first night and had a great meal.
The next morning, we drove down the mountain to Oakhurst where there is a very nice grocery store with a great beer and wine selection. Its about a 20 minute drive but well worth it and really the only option. On the way back up the mountain, there is the Lewis Trail, which we stopped at and took a short walk down the mountain to a beautiful creek with waterfalls. The kids had a blast finding some monster...I'm talking lobster sized crayfish in the water. Its the perfect place for a picnic. There is also a riding stable right across the street from the cabin and we took an hour horseback ride, which was a blast.
The giant sequoias are only a few miles down the road. Yosemite speaks for itself and if you havent been there, the sheer size of the place makes staying anywhere a hike to get to some parts. We did all the typical spots...Glacier Peak, Tunnel View, El Capitan, Vernal Falls and late one afternoon decided to go for a hike down into Mono Meadow, where I popped up over a rise and found myself locked eye to eye with a big reddish-brown bear at about 40 yards. You haven't felt adrenalin until you come face to face with a bear in the wild. We quickly and quietly left!
The best part of the trip for my kids was Ken's old lazy boy in the cabin. They literally came to blows every night as to who got to sit it it! All in all great trip, great place and super cool people to rent from!