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Yosemite – You are always on my mind!

Published on: September 19, 2019


When author and historian Craig MacDonald wrote his latest book review, “Images of America: YOSEMITE VALLEY” by Leroy Radanovich, Arcadia Publishing, my mind raced through so many memories of Yosemite.

As I read and posted this review, my eyes crossed paths with the mention of Ahwahnee Hotel, known as The Majestic Yosemite Hotel for several years during a trademark dispute which was settled in July 2019 when icons in the Valley got their well-known names back.

One section of the Yosemite Valley book captures the awesomeness of the world famous Ahwahnee Hotel, built to be fireproof with a steel frame, slate roof & concrete resembling wood. The wonderful place is also known for its Bracebridge Dinner & Pageant, during the Christmas holiday season.

Another memory that came to me was National Park Service raising admission fees into the park. During National Park Service fee-free days such as National Public Lands Day on Sept.28, 2019, you can get into this park and other national parks free.

Here are the basic charges of admission into Yosemite National Park as of this posting:

  • Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats  $35 valid for seven days.
  • Motorcycle $30  valid for seven days. Cost is per motorcycle (not per person).
  • Foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats  $20 valid for seven days. People 15 years and younger are free. Cost is per person.

I also remembered “Falling for Yosemite” fall season story published by author Barbara Steinberg, which describes how to get to Yosemite, accommodations, dining and activities such as hiking, tours, and seeing fall foliage.

Yosemite Valley is truly a magical — says Craig MacDonald in his book review:

“If you like Yosemite, you’ll love the old photos in this book. They’ll provoke fond memories for those lucky enough to have visited this majestic jewel and inspire those who haven’t, to go see the nation’s first park.”

Read the review of  Images of America: YOSEMITE VALLEY…>

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