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Yosemite National Park, January 24-27, 2013

Donna and I returned to Yosemite National Park in January during a full-moon winter weekend. A nice thick coating of snow on the valley floor helped create a wonderful winter scene, and cool sunny days - and no crowds - helped make for a great visit. As luck would have it, we were given a very reasonable upgrade from the Yosemite Lodge to the famed Ahwahnee Hotel, at which I've only eaten breakfast during my many previous visits. The accommodations were much more luxurious than the Curry Village tent cabins that I've typically stayed in over the years, including my first visit in July 1982 when I hitchhiked into and out of the park. Images ŠAlan Sheckter / AlSheck@comcast.net.
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THURSDAY: Welcome back!
THURSDAY: Welcome back!
Road to Yosemite Valley
Road to Yosemite Valley
We made it. El Capitan.
We made it. El Capitan.
Ahwahnee - third floor
Ahwahnee - third floor
Ahwahnee - third floor
Ahwahnee - third floor
Cutest ice receptacle ever
Cutest ice receptacle ever
Ahwahnee - third floor
Ahwahnee - third floor
The Great Lounge at the Ahwahnee
"The Great Lounge" at the Ahwahnee
t2%2f45%2f850245%2f4%2f148549101.LgbGa2GI.jpg FRIDAY: The Ahwahnee dining room
FRIDAY: The Ahwahnee dining room
The Ahwahnee dining room
The Ahwahnee dining room
The Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel
Unusual creek-bridge chairs
Unusual creek-bridge chairs
The Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel
One of the many stately seating areas at the Ahwahnee
One of the many stately seating areas at the Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee elevator lobby fireplace
The Ahwahnee elevator lobby fireplace
Half Dome in the fog
Half Dome in the fog
Donna looking out of our room at The Ahwahnee
Donna looking out of our room at The Ahwahnee
Half Dome
Half Dome
Sun shines through
Sun shines through
One of the countless beautiful Yosemite Valley views
One of the countless beautiful Yosemite Valley views
Top of the Royal Arch Cascade waterfall
Top of the Royal Arch Cascade waterfall
Royal Arch Cascade waterfall
Royal Arch Cascade waterfall
The Ahwahnee Hotel welcome
The Ahwahnee Hotel welcome
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls
Upper Yosemite Falls
Upper Yosemite Falls
Royal Arches: North Dome (left) and Washington Column
Royal Arches: North Dome (left) and Washington Column
Another peak above Yosemite Valley
Another peak above Yosemite Valley
Donna gazes from a Merced River foot bridge
Donna gazes from a Merced River foot bridge
Alan & Donna
Alan & Donna
Merced River valley view
Merced River valley view
Sun works on some Merced Riverside ice
Sun works on some Merced Riverside ice
Chilly Merced River
Chilly Merced River
Curry Village tent cabins
Curry Village tent cabins
Alan at a not-too-hospitable picnic table
Alan at a not-too-hospitable picnic table
Royal Arches: North Dome (left) and Washington Column
Royal Arches: North Dome (left) and Washington Column
North Dome
North Dome
Resident deer
Resident deer
Donna and a new friend
Donna and a new friend
Alan and the deer
Alan and the deer
Lower Yosemite Falls trail
Lower Yosemite Falls trail
Columbia Rock
Columbia Rock
Donna on the trail
Donna on the trail
Alan on the trail
Alan on the trail
John Muir portrayed in metal
John Muir portrayed in metal
Donna (real small red dot behind the bushes) hugs giant metal mountain
Donna (real small red dot behind the bushes) hugs giant metal mountain
Chilly Merced River
Chilly Merced River
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