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Wawona History Cabin 16B

The Bruces and Their Wawona Sawmill

 

Story by Leslie Train Homeowner of Cabin 16B

My grandmother, Charlotte Bruce Gibner, and her two older sisters Allie and Fanny were raised by their aunt and uncle Henry & Jean Washburn in the Wawona Hotel and San Francisco. My grandmother’s father, John Bruce, was general manager at the hotel but died when my grandmother was about 2. Her mother Catherine who was born in Melbourne, Australia died not long after.

My grandmother would tell stories about taking the train from San Francisco to Raymond (the station is now under restoration) and then the stagecoach to Wawona. She graduated from Stanford in 1903 and returned to Wawona to teach at the school. She met my grandfather there, Dr. H.C. Gibner who was the surgeon with the cavalry troop stationed nearby at what is now the Wawona campground. They were married at the Wawona Hotel November 30, 1905 in a snowstorm and traveled the world with my grandfather’s military career.

When my grandfather died in 1948. My grandmother bought a plot of land from her cousin Jeanette Bruce and commenced building the cabin now known as 16B. She wanted to return to her roots.

Two of Jeanette’s brothers operated a sawmill behind her cabin (no longer in existence). The remains of the mill are still there to the left of 16B between Chilnualna Falls Road and the upper loop road. I believe the flume went to the sawmill. My mother, Charlotte Gibner Train, has a childhood memory of the Bruce brothers with their long beards sawing away in their mill.

Editor: Debbi Shelander

Hiking Mariposa Grove in Yosemite

7 Southern Yosemite Hikes to Jumpstart your Spring

 

It’s spring in Yosemite! The snow has melted in nearly all of the lower elevations, the rivers and streams are rushing, the baby animals are strolling, the flowers are in full bloom, and the mountains are calling. What better way to see the natural beauty of Yosemite than by taking a hike during this exciting time? Whether you are looking for a short and sweet hike through the meadow, along the river, or crave a more strenuous hike to visit a raging waterfall, we have you covered below.

 

  1. Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail

 

The Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail is a short and mostly flat .75 miles (1.2. km) round-trip hike to the swinging bridge which takes you across the scenic and wild South Fork of the Merced River. It’s beautiful, serene, and the bridge does truly swing. In addition to enjoying the wildflowers, in summer, you can also swim in the river down below, which is not nearly as busy as other water holes and beach spots in Yosemite Valley for example. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to also check out the Pioneer History Center for fun Yosemite history.

 

  1. Wawona Meadow Loop

 

The Wawona Meadow Loop is a relatively flat 3.5 (5.6 km) loop trail that starts at the Big Trees Lodge. Formerly known as the Wawona Hotel, this is one of California’s oldest hotels that has been operating since 1879. This is the only bike and leashed pet-friendly trail in the area, so bring Fido along. It’s also home to various wildflower species, and now is the perfect time to see them!

 

  1. Chilnualna Falls

 

This is a strenuous 8.2 mile (13.1 km) hike, with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet (732 m) that leads you to one of the tallest waterfalls in the park via a series of switchbacks. It begins two miles from the Chilnualna Falls Road, in the Chilnualna Falls parking area. This hike is made up of three cascades, including some smaller ones at the bottom. It’s not heavily trafficked, so you will likely get most of it to yourself. You get bonus points in the summer for dipping in some of the secluded swimholes along this trail.

       4. Mariposa Grove Hikes

Mariposa Grove has finally opened for the season! This area is home to wonderful trails winding through some of the world’s oldest trees, including the 1,800-year-old Grizzly Giant. Keep in mind that visitors must park in the south entrance, which is two miles away from the grove. The shuttle busses pick up visitors every 10-20 minutes. Visitors with disability placards can drive to the Grizzly Giant parking area rather than take the shuttle in. Here are a few great hikes within Mariposa Grove

a) Big Trees Loop

This is a very short and easy 0.3 miles (0.4 km) loop trail, that is wheelchair accessible, leading you to the Fallen Monarch tree.

b) Grizzly Giant Loop

This is a 2 mile (3.2 km) mile loop trail that’s rated as moderate, with a 300 (91m) elevation gain. In addition to the Grizzly, you will pass other famous trees in the lower grove like the Fallen Monarch, Bachelor, Three Graces, and the California Tunnel Tree.

c) Guardians Loop Trail

This is a 6.5 mile (10.5 km) strenuous loop trail, with an elevation gain of 1000 ft (305 m). In addition to passing by Grizzly Giant Loop trees, the trail passes by some notable spots in the upper grove like the  Telescope Tree, the fallen Wawona Tunnel Tree and the Mariposa Grove Cabin.

d) Mariposa Grove Trail to Wawona Point

This is another somewhat strenuous hike that’s 7.0 miles (11.3 km) in total, with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet (366 m). In addition to the Grizzly Giant Loop trees, you pass by portions of the upper grove, including famous sequoias like Three Graces, the Gaintful Coupole, the Bachelor and the Clothespin Tree. This also leads you to the historic Wawona Point (6,800 ft.)  that has a beautiful overlook with panoramic view.

Looking for a cabin near the hikes?

All of our 120 Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in historic Wawona, near the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (free shuttle access to grove when you stay with us!). Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation homes border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. Come on up! Relax. Explore. Escape!

Written by Christina Kantzavelos, BuenQamino

Photo credit:  Nancy Robbins from Firefall Gallery

 

5 Facts about Yosemite’s Wawona Tunnel

Written by Christina Kantzavelos, BuenQamino

Most people who have had the opportunity to venture through Yosemite National Park, have driven through the famous and historical Wawona Tunnel. It is part of three main roads in Yosemite Valley, transporting you down to Tunnel View and Yosemite Valley, or up to Wawona and Mariposa Grove on California State Route 41, towards on the south entrance. There isn’t anything more spectacular than driving through Wawona Tunnel to reach one of the most stunning views in the park. The spectacular Tunnel View looks eastward into Yosemite Valley, including the Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall. Here are other great facts about the tunnel:

 

  1. Construction of the tunnel began in 1930, and was dedicated in 1933. And everyone who worked on its construction survived.

  2. It cost $850,000 to construct at the time, equivalent to a cost of 12.5 million today.

  3. The tunnel was blasted through solid granite bedrock on the mountainside, requiring 275 tons of blasting power.  

  4. It is the longest highway tunnel in California at 4,233 feet (1,290 m) long, or 0.8 miles long, and was once the largest tunnel for vehicles in the west.

  5. Although not a popular spot, people like and are able to rock climb the tunnel.

Looking for a cabin near this engineering marvel?

Our stunning Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in Wawona, at the Southern entrance of Yosemite, and just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation cabins border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet-friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. Relax, explore, and escape in Yosemite!

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Yosemite National Park remains open so we are accepting guests. For a list of services and more information on what is open or closed in the park please visit this page.

Witnessing the Horsetail “Fire” Fall in Yosemite should be on Everyone’s Bucket List

 

Every year, hundreds prepare and gather in various locations throughout Yosemite Valley, in hopes of witnessing one of the world’s most amazing natural phenomena, the fire lit Horsetail Fall, also known as ‘Firefall.’ The stunning visual phenomenon occurs when an ephemeral (seasonal) waterfall that flows after snow melt or heavy rainfall on the west side of El Capitan, pairs with a cloudless sky and bright orange sun setting in just the right position to reflect off the granite rock behind the falls. When all those factors combine, it causes the waterfall to light up and transform into what looks like molten lava pouring down the massive rock for a solid 10-12 minutes. There is generally a two week window each year to potentially witness the Firefall. Typically this time window is starting around Valentines Day (how romantic!).

What makes for perfect conditions?

  1. Lots of snowfall and rain, which means lots of snow melt and water flow!

  2. Visiting during the two-week window of time, which generally starts around Valentines Day. This is a great resource for condition predictions: https://blog.aaronmphotography.com/2019/01/04/horsetail-falls-2019-yosemite-national-park/

  3. The sky needs to be clear, otherwise clouds or fog may block the sun from transforming the water into what seems like red hot lava.

  4. Arriving as early as possible. Luckily, there is lots to do in the valley in the winter while you wait! (Here is a list of 10 Things To Do in Yosemite this Winter)

  5. The two most popular locations to view the falls are the El Capitan picnic area and Southside Drive, east.

Don’t be discouraged if the conditions do not turn out perfect. You are still spending time in one of the world’s best national parks! When preparing, be sure to bring very warm clothes and extra batteries or charge for your camera equipment. Speaking of equipment, the conditions are low light, so DSLR cameras with tripods take the best (non-blurry) pictures. You may also want to consider bringing a chair, and lots of snacks and water.

We wish you a fire-y experience!

Are you looking for a cabin near the action?

We can guarantee a crackling fire place in any of our stunning Redwoods In Yosemite cabins located in historic Wawona, at the Southern entrance of Yosemite. Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation cabins border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with an audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet-friendly. Some homes feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience.

Relax, explore, and escape in Yosemite!

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Yosemite National Park remains open so we are accepting guests. For a list of services and more information on what is open or closed in the park please visit this page.

 

video credit: Yosemite National Park

text credit: Christina P. Kantzavelos

 

7 Facts About Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (Badger Pass) and Why You Should Visit

The Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, previously known as Badger Pass Ski Resort is located 17.6 miles (about 30 min. drive one way) from Wawona inside Yosemite National Park. Conditions permitting, it is open from mid-December through mid-March, and brings many visitors to visit and test out its slopes each year. With an elevation difference of 7,200-8,000 feet, and a vertical drop of 800 ft, it offers 88 acres of groomed ski area, 10 ski runs, and five chairlifts. It’s ideal for all-levels of snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing, tubing, and much more. Plus, it’s affordable and family-friendly. Here are some other fun facts about this Yosemite hot (err cold) spot!

 

     1. It’s the OLDEST “original” ski resort in the state of California!

 

It was established in 1933 as Badger Pass Ski Resort, as a result of increased interest in winter sports in the 1920’s.

 

  1. It’s the only National Park to put in a bid to host the winter Olympics and it is home to the west’s first ski tow/lift

 

Yosemite put in a bid for the 1932 Winter Olympics, but unfortunately lost to Lake Placid. The park, however, still hosted ice skating tryouts for those same games. Neat stuff, right?

In 1936, Yosemite lit the way for not having to schlep your ski equipment up the slopes. It was called the “Upski,” and it moved up and down on a cable, and could carry six skiers at a time. Thankfully, they’ve come a long way since, now offering five (1 handle tow, 3 double-chair and 1 triple chair) chairlifts.

 

  1. It’s the perfect place to learn how to ski or snowboard, or simply practice your skills!

 

There are 10 runs total for beginner (35%), intermediate (50%) and advanced levels (15%). Whether you are planning to learn, or improve your ski or snowboarding game, you’ll be in good hands as many of the professional instructors are also members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.  

 

  1. It has a great sundeck for overlooking the Sierras

 

You can sit here and people watch, bask in the sun, take selfies, and if you’re a parent, you can watch your children learn the ropes.

 

  1. You can cross-country ski to Glacier Point

 

Glacier Point may be closed to cars for the season, but not to skiers! Of the more than 90-mile network of ski trails, you can complete the 21-mile round trip trek to Glacier Point.

 

  1. It is one of only three National Parks that has a ski lift

 

Yosemite has it all. The only other two national parks with ski lifts are Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and Olympic National Park in Washington.

 

      7. There are activities for more than just skiing, and snowboarding and sometimes you can even access at night!

 

There is snow tubing for the entire family, or maybe you would rather hang out at the deck or in the cafeteria. There are also NPS snowshoe guided tours. If you can’t get enough of it during the day, there are overnight skiing excursions to the Yosemite backcountry and Glacier Point.

 

Looking for a cabin near the slopes?

 

Check out our online winter special or call us for something extra (pssst. FREE Park Pass and a 3rd Night Free deal details can be seen here)

Our Redwoods In Yosemite cabins and spacious vacation homes are located in Wawona, 6 miles from the Southern entrance of Yosemite and from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias parking area. Relaxing and private, our fully equipped vacation homes border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfall cascade in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of a Fireside Room and adjacent deck with fireplace, an audio & visual equipment, a catering kitchen and able to accommodate groups and events comfortably up to 120 people. Many of our cabins are pet-friendly too, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience.

Relax, explore, and escape in Yosemite!

 

text credit: Christina P. Kantzavelos

Half Dome in Winter from Pohono Bridge

10 Reasons Winter in Yosemite is Magical

 

Winter in Yosemite is magical! We are talking snow covered peaks, frosted trees, frozen waterfalls, frazil ice, little to no crowds, and a heap of activities including ice skating, downhill and cross-country skiing, hot cocoa, quality time next to a roaring fireplace, and more. And these are just a few of the essential activities to create your perfect winter family vacation. Here are some of the best reasons to visit Yosemite during the winter season:

 

Downhill and Cross-Country Ski, Snow-tube or Snowshoe at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass)

 

Open since 1935, the terrain park located at Glacier Point Road is California’s first official ski area. Filled with beginner to intermediate slopes, there are options for the entire family.  A perfect place to learn how to ski, or perfect your skills. Ensure that you bring tire chains and know how to properly use them when required to within the park. Otherwise, there are other modes of transportation offered throughout the park. And yes, for you avid cross country skiers, the Hut at Glacier Point is open in winter (reservations are required for overnight stays) and rewards with one of the most breathtaking views in the Sierras with Yosemite Valley and Half Dome vistas, the ones willing to do the 21-mile round trip trek. Fingers crossed for more snow and don’t forget to check road conditions when traveling to Yosemite by calling 209-372-0200. 

 

Cuddle next to the Fireplace

 

Ending a long-day in the snow next to the fireplace in your cabin is an experience like no other. So grab that hot cocoa, or tea, grab a blanket and a good board game, and enjoy amazing quality time with your loved ones. Guaranteed to make lasting memories!

 

Witness Frozen Waterfalls and Rivers

 

The water levels may be low, but there will still be water flowing, if you can believe it! It’s absolutely phenomenal to witness frozen Yosemite Falls, and partially frozen rivers, under the stunning views of the cliffs and mountains.

 

Go on a Ranger-led Snowshoe Hike or Full Moon Snowshoe Walks

 

The National Park Service offers daily donation-based snowshoe hikes from mid-December through March. There is also an option to go on full moon snowshoe walks led by naturalists through the Yosemite Conservancy. Don’t worry, no experience is required!

 

Snowshoe or hike through Mariposa Grove

 

Hike in or snowshoe into Mariposa Grove through the south entrance, and witness the unforgettable sight of the red giants blanketed in white snow.

 

Ice skate in Half Dome Village

 

Open since the 1920’s, ice skating is a Yosemite winter tradition that will never get old. Enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Half Dome while you skate, and then unlace and unwind by gathering around the nearby fire pit with your family.

 

Take a Quiet Hike

 

Weather permitting, there are hiking trails that are still open. Be sure to speak with a ranger before embarking to check current conditions. Feel more comfortable being led by a naturalist? Check out both the national park and Yosemite Conservancy’s schedule to find ranger or naturalist-led hikes.

 

Take a Valley Floor tour

 

The Valley Floor tour continues to operate in winter but you’ll be in a warm, cozy bus rather than an open-air tram this time.

 

Enjoy a Bracebridge Dinner at the Majestic Hotel

 

Get dolled up and enjoy an unforgettable Christmas feast, which includes a four-hour pageant and an indulgent seven-course meal (aren’t you glad you spent the day burning calories while Snowshoeing?). Hosted since 1926, this culinary experience is another Yosemite winter tradition that’s fun for the entire family.

 

Perfect your Winter Photography Skills

 

Yosemite’s giant granite rocks blanketed in white snow is awe-inspiring and perfect to post on social media. Just be sure to check the weather, and layer up while waiting for those ideal panoramic shots throughout the park.

 

Looking for a cabin to get cozy in? We have a winter discount treat for you too…

Our Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in Wawona, at the Southern entrance of Yosemite, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (you can practically snowshoe from here!). Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation homes and cabins border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with an audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our vacation homes are pet-friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. 

Check out our online winter special or call us for something extra (pssst. FREE Park Pass and a 3rd Night Free deal details can be seen here)

Come on up! Relax, explore, and escape in Yosemite!

 

text credit: Christina P. Kantzavelos

7 Things to do in Yosemite’s Last Call to Fall

written by Christina P. Kantzavelos

photo by Kim Lawson

It’s time to throw on your scarf and beanie, sip on a pumpkin spice latte, and witness Yosemite’s multi-chromatic transition last days of Fall. With this change there are still quite a few awesome things to do in the park and in our neck of the woods, Wawona. Whether it’s going on a hike, getting cozy in your cabin, roasting s’mores, or checking out the museums – we have your unbe-leaf-able list for autumn in Yosemite Valley!

 

 

  1. Get Cozy by the Fireplace in your Cabin

 

 

Snuggle up with a soothing cup of hot tea, or delicious cocoa next to the fireplace in your cabin. Not much compares to the comfort of sitting inside sometimes, right? #NetflixAndChill

 

  1. Take Fido to a Pet Friendly Yosemite Trail

 

Did you know there are great pet-friendly trails to explore with your furry pal in Yosemite and the Wawona area? Take your pup on the Wawona Meadow Loop Trail, or Chowchilla Mountain Road in Wawona. Or, explore Bridalveil Fall trail, Cook’s Meadow Loop, Hodgdon Meadow, Cook’s Meadow Loop, up to Glacier Point, or even Lower Yosemite Falls. You can also bring along your fur-baby on the Mirror Lake Trail, or take a cheesy holiday card photo with them in front of Tunnel View. Looks like it’s awww-tumn! Keep in mind, pets are not allowed in the back country, meadows, in public buildings, or in the shuttle buses. This is for you and your pet’s safety. Looking for a pet friendly cabin? Look no further, we have you and Fido covered!

 

  1. S’mores and BBQs!

 

Can you smell, or taste the ooey-goodness already? Go ahead, throw on a couple of layers, and begin roasting. Note: We can’t be blamed for making your neighbors jealous… 

 

       4.Explore Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road Hikes (Before roads close for the winter!)

 

Hurry! Take advantage of having access to both Glacier Point and Tioga Roads before these close for the season. Each has beautiful hikes, as well as phenomenal views, but can’t be accessed when it begins to snow.

 

        5. Celebrate Thanksgiving inside the Park

 

Create a wonderful memory with your friends, and family, by hosting a Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of your cabin. If you’re not in the mood to cook, there are three wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner options in the park. Although The Redwoods cabins book quite well during around Thanksgiving, there are few homes left to choose from and you can search them here: Vacation Home Availability

 

 

      6. Visit the Grizzly Giant in Mariposa Grove

 

Mariposa Grove re-opened its doors in June of this year after four years of restoration. If you’re looking for a less-crowded option in the park, then this is the perfect place for you. It’s gorgeous, and the Grizzly Giant has never looked so majestic. If you’re staying with us, you get access to a shuttle bus which takes you straight there! 

 

        7.Explore the Museums in the Park

 

Visit the Hill’s Studio in Wawona to see recreations of Thomas Hill’s work. Or, journey to the past at the Pioneer Center and get to walk across a covered bridge, visit historic buildings or see horse-drawn wagons. You can also visit the history center in Wawona, explaining the history of Yosemite and how it inspired national parks across the country and the world. While in Yosemite Valley, you can visit The Yosemite Museum, highlighting the cultural history of the native Paiute and Miwok people from 1850 to the present. There is a reconstructed Ahwahnee Indian Village behind the museum, and an art gallery that is periodically open exhibiting pieces from the Yosemite Museum collection. While in the valley, be sure to also visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, displaying the work of Ansel Adams, as well as contemporary photographers and other artists.

 

Looking for a cabin to get cozy in?

Our stunning Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in Wawona, at the Southern entrance of Yosemite, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (free shuttle access to grove when you stay with us). Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation cabins border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with an audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. Relax, explore, escape!

 

Cabin 39 River Song - Wawona, Yosemite National Park

Where are you from?

poem by Kyla King of Cabin 39

I am from warm summers spent learning the names of brilliant wildflowers that cling to granite cliffs and peek out from beneath the scraggly limbs of weathered old pine trees.

I am from clear, calm pools formed over many years in the bends of the south fork of the Merced River where I can swim with rainbow-colored trout that sparkle in the sunlight as they flit through underwater realms.

I am from the sound of Chilnualna Falls as it crashes into a deep, cold pool in the shade of giant boulders.

I am from the smell of sugar pines and wild azaleas.

I am from high alpine lakes, precious jewels enclosed by granite peaks.

I am from crisp mountain air that tastes pure and clean and seems to wrap the awe-inspiring landscape in shimmering gauze.

I am from the wind that whispers through the tops of the towering pine trees, swaying ever so slightly.

I am from small patches of snow settled in the shadows of tall peaks, unwilling to melt in the heat of summer, ready to dazzle the occasional passerby. I am from the babbling sounds of the river, midafternoon summer sunlight, and gentle breezes.

I am from the feeling of warm granite, rough under my feet.

I am from the tremendous effort of backpacking and the relief that accompanies the removal of large backpacks.

I am from the breathlessness felt only on tall peaks gazing out at smudged blue and purple mountains, receding into the distance.

I am from card games during hiking lunch breaks.

I am from days of adventure and exploration and the thrill of discovering something in nature that no one else will see in exactly the same manner.

I am from forging my own path through undergrowth and hiking off-trail, rather than walking along the traditional path.

I am from an oasis, detached from the fast pace of urban life and the humming cacophony of noise that accompanies it.

I am from climbing mountains and bouldering.

I am from a loving family that values wilderness, quiet, and solitude.

I am from a childhood of picking wild berries and collecting acorns with my younger sister.

I am from an environment that inspires me to paint landscapes and write poetry and allows me to understand Frost, Thoreau, and Emerson’s appreciation for nature.

I am from a multi-generational tradition of summer trips, warm nights spent on the deck of our cabin, and hearing my grandparents reminisce about days from their past.

I am from a culture of laughter, adventure, and family.

I am from Yosemite.

 

To read more of our Recollections of Life and Events in Wawona, Yosemite National Park stories as told by the Homeowners of The Redwoods please visit our blog.

edited by Debbi Shelander

 

Yosemite Valley has Re-opened! Here is Where to Go and What to Visit at the end of the Summer in Yosemite

The Ferguson fire that roared through the Yosemite region was scary, but was no match for the brave firefighters who defended our amazing National Park.  Now that the park re-opened, we have compiled a list of must-sees and dos during your next visit. Late Summer is a great time to jump in the cool water, take a hike on a misty trail and visit the phenomenal high country.

Photo credit: bergreenphotography.com

Text credit: Christina Kantzavelos of buenqamino.com

Tuolumne Meadows (High Country)

Roam through Tuolumne Meadows

You’re in luck, as this is arguably the best time to visit the Tuolumne Meadows and the high country. It’s the area with the highest elevation (8,600 ft), and temperatures are ideal during this time of the year. The scenery through Tioga Pass is full of cascading peaks, waterfalls, rivers and grassy areas, making this ideal for hiking, picnicking, and taking your next desktop photo (watch out Apple!).

 

Hike Glen Aulin in Tuolumne Meadows

While in Tuolumne Meadows, why not take a cooling hike to Glen Aulin? On this hike you will see Tuolumne Falls and White Cascade. Although the trail is 13 miles round trip, it will be picturesque, regardless, of how far or little you venture in. End of the Summer is a great time to take a dip into White Cascade’s swimming hole. Don’t forget to practice water safety!

 

Wawona

Take a dip, lay low or walk your dog by the South Fork of The Merced River in Wawona

There isn’t anything like dipping your feet, or entire body, into the river on a warm Summer’s day or, walking your dog along the cooling waters of the South Fork of the Merced in the perfect temperatures of early morning or late evening.

 

Hike to the Swinging Bridge in Wawona

This easy .75 mile hike that leads to an actual swinging bridge is a great place to swim in clear waters, or simply explore. There are some hidden swimming holes near this bridge, see if you can find them!

 

Hike to Chilnualna Falls in Wawona

For those looking for a more intense (though cooling) hike, this one is for you. Although the waterfall is 2,200 feet in height, it is hidden between rock, so you will see fragments of it as you hike, rather than in full. For those hoping to just get a view of the fall, it’s unfortunately only available to hikers. Looks like you better pack those boots and swim trunks, because the swim holes along this trail are rewarding!

 

Yosemite Valley

Hike to Vernal Falls (Mist Trail)

There is a reason this is called the Mist Trail… It is misty! This 317 foot waterfall is guaranteed to cool you off, whether it’s at one of the bottom forming falls, or at the very top. Don’t forget to pack a substantial amount of water and snacks. And yes, there is water flowing as it is an all-year-round cascade!

 

Hike to Nevada Falls

If you are feeling up to it, and need to dry yourself off, you can continue on the same trail as Vernal Falls until it meets with Nevada Falls. Nevada Falls are sitting pretty at 594 feet high and there are steps you can take all the way to the top. Beyond Nevada Falls Trail is Half Dome, which you can admire from the top of the waterfall, or hike to with a permit. As signs mention, do not swim in the water above the waterfalls.

Enjoy our beautiful park during this amazing season and do not forget to always practice fire safety, conservation and leave no trace, so that future generations can continue to enjoy this same beauty.

 

Where to stay now that Yosemite National Park has re-opened and why? 

All of the 120 Redwoods In Yosemite cabins are located in Wawona, near the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (free shuttle access to grove when you stay with us). Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation homes border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience. Come on up! Relax.  Explore. Escape!

 

OUR CURRENT LODGING DISCOUNTS:

  • Use Coupon Code SEP18 at checkout on our website and save 15% when you book your stay at The Redwoods from now through 9.30.2018 or call our office at ph. 1-877-753-8566 for more information. You can also drop us a line at info@redwoodsinyosemite.com or click here for more details. 

    [Offer is not valid on existing reservations or with any other discount. Not valid during holiday periods.*The lowest nightly rate will be discounted*We advise to book soon for best availability and cabin selection. Space is limitedOffer expires September 30, 2018]

  • Use Coupon Code GRIZZLYGIANT at checkout on our website and save 20% when you book your stay at The Redwoods from 10.1. 2018 through 11.30.2018 or call our office at ph. 1-877-753-8566 for more information. You can also drop us a line at info@redwoodsinyosemite.com or click here for more details. 

    [This offer is not valid on existing reservations or with any other discount. We advise to book soon for best availability and cabin selection. Space is limited. *The lowest nightly rate will be discounted. Not valid for stays between November 22 – 26, 2018. *Offer expires November 30, 2018.]

 

Attention: All Yosemite National Park Roads and Activities are Weather Permitting. Stay informed before and during your travels by checking this information: Yosemite Current Conditions

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Please check our seasonal calendar for holiday rates here.

The Grizzly Giant: 4 must-know Facts about Yosemite’s Oldest Tree

The Grizzly Giant
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and The Grizzly Giant in the distance

Fun facts and story by 

Christina P. Kantzavelos, www.buenqamino.com

Estimated to have taken root around 200 AD, a Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron Giganteum) named the Grizzly Giant is both the tallest and oldest tree in Yosemite National Park, standing at a solid 209 feet (try getting a vertical panorama of that!). If that’s not impressive, its bark thickness alone is 2 feet, and its base circumference is 92 feet. Yeah, we are betting this gentle giant has a story or two to tell. Here are some interesting must-know facts about this wonder, before you get to meet in person at the re-opening of the Mariposa Grove this June!

 

  1. It is rated the 25th largest tree in the world!

At a volume of 34,005 cubic feet, and an estimated 2 million pounds in weight, you may feel like a tiny pine cone in comparison. And unlike us humans, sequoias grow larger with age. Expect the generations ahead of us to be even in more awe.

  1. It’s all about that Base

There is a snag at the top, informing us that it was once taller. What can cause snags? Well, the tree was likely hit by lightning more than a few times, and damaged by lightning fires. The trunk bears some noticeable scars from these occasions. With 90 feet of diameter at its base, and extensive root bearing, you don’t need to worry about this giant, who is grounded and stable enough to withstand all four seasons.

  1. It was first visited by non-natives in 1857

The Mariposa Grove area was first visited by non-natives Milton Mann and Galen Clark in 1857. It was named after the county it’s located in, Mariposa. Pretty original, right?. Along with the Washington Tree, the Grizzly Giant ranks amongst some of the largest sequoia trees in the world.

  1. He’s the coolest kid in the Grove

The Grizzly Giant Trail has been one of the most popular trails in Mariposa Grove, because who doesn’t want to come upon this amazing tree in person and tilt your head way back? You will be able to checkout some other noteworthy trees on this same tree, such as The Bachelor and Three Graces.  The Mariposa Grove is set to re-open on June 15, 2018, after three years and more than $30 million in restoration.

 

Want to stay nearby The Grizzly Giant and The Mariposa Grove?

Our rustic Redwoods In Yosemite® cabins and spacious vacation homes are located in historic Wawona, 6 miles inside the Southern entrance of Yosemite, just a few miles from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation cabins border the wild and scenic Merced River, the historic Wawona swinging bridge and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with state of the art audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen. Many of our cabins are pet friendly, some feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQ’s and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience.

*LODGING DISCOUNT AVAILABLE: Use our Coupon Code REDWOODS10 at checkout on our website and save 10% when you book your stay at The Redwoods now through 9.15.2018 or call our office at ph. 1-877-753-8566 for more information, or drop us a line at info@redwoodsinyosemite.com

*Offer is not valid on existing reservations or with any other discount. Offer is valid for arrivals from May 24 , 2018 through September 15, 2018. Offer expires September 13, 2018.  Not valid during holiday periods. Please check our seasonal calendar for holiday periods here.

For available homes inside the park check here: Vacation Home Rentals Search

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