A great place
Posted Sep 29, 2014
We stayed here for 4 nights while we explored Yosemite NP. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and in a nice location, and Clay and Joy are both delightful and friendly people who take first class care of their guests. The property is located near the small historic and interesting mining frontier town of Mariposa, which has plentiful attractive shops and places to eat, as well as a good supermarket. Mariposa is Spanish for butterfly, and the Monarch butterflies make their astounding journey from Canada to California and Mexico each year - a story worth looking up on Google. The drive into Yosemite National Park takes about an hour, but it is a very scenic route through the foothills along the valley, and is reminiscent of the Scottish highlands. It is worth the journey to stay in such a pleasant place, and well worth escaping the tourist crowds in Yosemite Valley itself. Don't miss the classic viewpoint of the 'Half Dome' from Glacier Point, and if you want to hike the Half Dome you can (and I did), but you will need to enter a lottery in March, and find out in April if you have a permit for a specific day that season. It's how the numbers are managed, and you wonder if we are going to have to do the same thing in the UK on places like Snowden, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike. The hike to the top of the Half Dome is tough, and the top is only accessible by hauling yourself up on the cables that are set up each summer - they are steeper than pictures show! Do stay here.