The Best Kept Secret of Yosemite Lodging
Yosemite Chalet has been our summer home during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Harry and Debby treated us as if we indeed were their family from the detailed directions on how to get there, where do shop for gas and groceries on our way to Yosemite to the invaluable tips and advice on the best places to see and experience. Get your groceries before you get to Yosemite and check with Debby on what she already has in stock.The Chalet's location is excellent, it’s in the middle of all of Yosemite's attractions, but the best is the serenity and quiet in the mornings and evenings, it is a short 20 minutes drive away from the breath taking sunset views at Sentinel Dome or Glacier Point or a morning sunrise walk in the valley before the crowds of people arrive. The night starry sky is to die for! The Chalet is so well kept and supplied with basic cooking necessities, that you really feel like you are at home, cozy, comfortable and relaxed. Debby is just a phone call away or a walk across the street should you need any help or if you wish to chat about Yosemite or Life. Listen to her tips about bears, coyotes and wild life in general. We saw a black bear, yellow-bellied Marmots and coyotes. Debby’s maps and books and personal feedback helped us make the most of our stay staying away from the crowds. We loved the serenity of the Swinging bridge trail in Wawona and had the river banks all to ourselves for sunset, another sunset hike we enjoyed was up Pot Hole dome in Toulumne Meadows, or the day trip to the out of this world Mono lake. There is so much to see and enjoy in Yosemite that a week will not be enough. Plan for a longer stay, but if you can't plan for a Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point sunset hikes for the most beautiful and breathtaking views, a day for the Mist trail & start early in the morning - the trail is long and steep, but all worth your efforts as nothing compares to the power and beauty of the Vernal and Nevada Falls. If you would like to experience the magic of Toulumne Meadows leave early in the morning - the drive is long, but so beautiful and there are so many short and not crowded trail hikes, meadows & lakes along the road. The trip to Mono Lake is long but adventurous. I almost forgot the Mariposa Giant Sequoias Grove - start early in the morning to beat the crowds and choose the less walked trails to enjoy the majesty and serenity of the Sequoia forest. Thank you Debby and Harry, we look forward to visiting again in the winter.
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