Autumn Days are Here Again

November 1, 2013
Yosemite Valley

Autumn days are here again, and Andrew is back home.  Our youngest son who spent four months studying abroad and sightseeing in Australia, wanted to visit Yosemite the day after arriving home.  Julia came home from college too, and on Friday we headed into Yosemite Valley.

LeConte Memorial Lodge, designated a national historic landmark.

LeConte Memorial Lodge, designated a national historic landmark.  Inside is a library filled with nature books.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day, the sky above a cloudless blue.  Golden leaves looked striking against the evergreens and dormant meadows.

In 1851, members of the Mariposa Battalion (a state militia composed of civil volunteers) camped here.

In 1851, members of the Mariposa Battalion (a state militia composed of civil volunteers) camped here.

The November air was cool and crisp; but the comfort of a crackling fire enveloped us as we walked into the Ahwahnee Hotel.  At the bar area we chose an outdoor table in the autumn sun and shared a platter of antipasti and smoked fish.

Drinking age in Australia is 18.  Here Andrew had to make due with a hot chocolate.

Drinking age in Australia is 18. Here, Andrew had to make do with a hot chocolate.

Afterwards, we walked the wooded path through the cabins down to the quiescent river.

Julia and Chris

Julia and Chris

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This quick valley trip triggered my desire to get out and hike again…soon, I hope.

We'll be back.

We’ll be back.

4 thoughts on “Autumn Days are Here Again

  1. Dad

    Looks like a great day in paradise and what a nice family outing. Nice that Andrew’s back and the Julia and Chris joined you.
    Dad

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