Posted March 19, 2017on:
We went to Yosemite again late Feburary, to commemorate our previous winter trip to Yosemite 2006. Here is the post from ten years ago. Good thing that I have kept this blog for over twelve years.
We had really fond memories of our last trip there. In fact, both of us, when waiting for the sun set over Half Dome, recounted the dusk ten years ago, with fog rising a few feet over the valley floor, with ice and snow over those majestic granite monolith, and light disappearing quickly leaving a meandering longing over everything. It is that memorable.
Turned out in late February it was more like early spring in the Valley. It was still nice. Now that we were staying four nights, we had plenty of time to hike. We hiked to the old familiar Clark Point on the Half Dome trail. We hiked the Upper Falls. It was my first time hiking the Upper Falls, for my four trips in the park. The Lodge was giving out two lift tickets of Badger Pass for every two nights’ stay. So we had four lift tickets and therefore went to the ski area inside the park for two days.
Biggest news: DH learned to ski, finally. After nearly twenty years (albeit about six days of skiing for those twenty years), he finally took a chair lift and ski’ed a basic green trail with me. We were really happy. At the end of the first day’s ski, we were sitting in the outside lounge and reminiscing about the day. He made great progress that day, and I was already imagining our future ski trips to Whistler and Vail. On the second day, we rode the chair lift together (in separate chairs because he was afraid of riding with someone else) and ski’ed down the mountain together. I felt so happy! Finally, now I have a partner when ski’ing. No longer a loner sport for me any more.
Another highlight is Fire Falls. We accidentally went to the park in a time for the natural Fire Falls of the Horse Tail Falls. It is a tiny and seasonal falls from El Capitain. Should I not check out my friend’s photo of it a few days ago, we would totally miss it. We spent the first twenty minutes looking up and wondering whether there was water at all. It requires good weather in the last two weeks of February to see it. And we saw it on the third night, the previous two nights being cloudy and cold.
Here is some practical information. We used our credit card’s 4th night free so the total lodging costs were reasonable. The lodge increased its price but giving out lift tickets, effectively throwing the ski part in. The free Valley Bus is still running to all stops so just park the car and ride the shuttle going to places and hiking. The food court is a cheaper option than the newly opened Mountain Room restaurant, which is on the higher end. There is a Mountain Room Lounge which serves mostly alcohol. We bought wines from the gift shop for three nights and consumed alcohol in our hotel room. That is definitely cheaper:)