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Old 02-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #436
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Likewise !
We will have to spend some time together in the Ditch, too...just sayin'....

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Loving the trip report
Thank you!!! I am coming back to update- I know I have been away a while, but January was vacation packed!

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Clean out your PM box . . . tried to respond to your PM but your inbox is full! There is a fabulous Alaska TR out there that had me reading all afternoon. Will see if I can find it and forward. Cheers!

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OOPS!!!! Done!!

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Podsnell . . . here you go - great TR - happy reading!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3126122

Jodie
Thanks Jodie! LOL- it is a great one, I already read it and a few others before our cruise! It was what I was doing at home when I should have been updating THIS!

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Hey Jodie! Can you believe it's been almost a month since we were on the Fantasy. We are planning on doing Alaska in 2015. I will have to read this report.

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Look for the one by Zweihund, too- it is not finished yet, but they went early in the season, too- and she is my favorite TR writer- or one of them- just love her! She has not finished, but anyway...

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2991753

Here's a few more....one from our lovely friend, Cynthia-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2768852

And another lovely friend, Roni's TR-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....5#post45475855

A Sept TR-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3177375

August-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3168280



Alaska Excursions-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2723087


These TRs are the reason why I was wondering what night Toy Story was on the Fantasy, lol! I was so confused between the two cruises!!


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You are trying to go in June right? I'm wishy washy - flip flopping between DCL and RCCL. Leaning toward DCL. The onboard booking agent told me dates would be released in March. (un)patiently waiting . . .

Jodie
COME ON MARCH!!!!!!

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Yes, I have a dummy booking ready to switch when they release the dates. If they sail on Monday again like this year I am wanting to do June 8, 2015 with the hope that the earlier June cruises will be a little cheaper - I can at least hope that they are cheaper .
I think they usually are cheaper earlier- good luck!

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Still here, just needed another nudge.

The sky was beautiful.
LOL, Marisa, you are always welcomed back!
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:08 PM   #437
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:09 PM   #439
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Ellen I need you to get all the DL stuff up NOW...well at least in the next 2 weeks.
Ummm......okay......that could happen..

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Old 02-09-2014, 01:17 PM   #440
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Ummm......okay......that could happen..

Well sure it can!!! I do it all the time.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:56 PM   #441
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Ha! I have been know to indulge in the odd Marg
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:41 PM   #442
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So my computer just deleted an entire update...GRRRRRRR.... to begin again....

We were up at a decent hour, largely due to our EXTREME excitement about going to YOSEMITE! First, a quick brekkie downstairs-







Which was fine and fast, but a tad disappointing considering how creative the food had been the night before. But... there would be other breakfasts to NOT disappoint on this trip, so, no worries! One last look around...



A chunk of the original wall they discovered while restoring the place-







I loved this- it was behind the front desk-







On the way into the park, we realized that we should probably get gas (it is not sold in the park) and I also wanted to double check our dinner reservation at the Ahwahnee. WHICH...I would need a (GASP!) payphone for. We stopped-



I didn't realize forest roaming cows were a part of the deal-



Yippee! We were entering at the Big Oak Flat entrance.





Being our first trip to Yosemite, we really had no idea what to expect- I mean, we knew it was going to be beautiful. But let me just say, there is NO way to be prepared for the glorious and majestic jaw-dropping beauty of Yosemite. There is a very good reason why John Muir chose to live there, and why Ansel Adams chose to take sooooo many photos there. It is mind-blowing.



Even with sun glare and smoke from the fire. Ultimately, we were heading to the Valley floor, to check in at the Ahwahnee and leave our car- we would use the free park shuttle for transportation. But going there, there were alot of places to stop on the way....







Even the boys put away the phone games to look around- it was spectacular!





We were the only people here, it was silent and beautifully peaceful-



A little further down the road, and we were treated to our first BIG site- El Capitan, a 3000 foot, 100 million year old little piece of rock, mostly granite.







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Old 02-09-2014, 02:44 PM   #443
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Yosemite = gorgeous!!
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:59 PM   #444
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There were busloads of tourists here.



But the deer did not seem to mind-





Just across the street was the short trail to Bridal Veil Fall-



So we went to have a look-



All the rocks- the small ones, the big ones, the giant ones- all dropped off by a glacier a million years before-



At the fall, the climbers did their most favorite thing...





So, the way these falls around here work...a few always have flow- even if it's not much, like this one, all the time. The water flows strongest in the spring, then decreases throughout the summer. So in mid-August, we were feeling pretty lucky to see any kind of a waterfall at all, because by then so many have already dried up.

I wonder if they will ever come back?



Finally!



My happy boy-





Back through the forest-





A little further down the road, we pulled off to explore some more-







There was no one here either- just us



And the friendly ducks who swam over to welcome us-





Nature is GOOD!







Off to upload more pics! See ya soon!
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:00 PM   #445
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Back to the car, toes in the FREEEEEEEZZZZZING cold water on the way...



We made one more stop before the hotel- that was at Cook's Meadow. I mentioned this was a great place for a bike ride and that we could do that later- Timmy then informed me that he would NOT bike ride AGAIN.

I sure hope that changes in our future!!







I mean, it's just ridiculous, right? How gorgeous it is?







Yep- I try to stop them, but there's no point.



Bunch of freakin monkeys-







I mean seriously.









Next we checked in at The Ahwahnee Hotel. We would have 2 nights here...2 VERY EXPENSIVE nights. But here's the thing- the Ahwahnee is a National Landmark. It is considered the flagship of all National Park Hotels. It is in a prime and beautiful location in Yosemite Valley, steps away from everything (or most things) a first time visitor wants to experience. And...it has air conditioning. Sorry, but when it's 100 degrees in the Valley in August- I need me some AC. So...we sucked it up, and paid the sizeable tab to stay in one of our country's most special and historic places.

Yes, it is old. But we all thought it was awesome. I even took a tour of it the second day just to learn about it. Some pics from check in, before we went outside on the bar patio for lunch-







The bar area does not take reservations, it is first come, first served. We waited maybe 10 minutes for a table outside-



Just awful here, isn't it?



I enjoyed lunch- a Chicken Waldorf Salad Croissant with Cashews, green apples, raisins, red onions and fruit salad, $16.50



Pods had Hot Pastrami and Swiss on a Brioche roll with sweet and sour onion relish and whole grain mustard $16.50



Tyler had Roast Beef an cheddar cheese on whole wheat $16.50



Young Tim had a hot diggity dog off the kids menu for $7



Best lunch ever? Hardly- but it was fine. And the view WAS one of the best ever, so it's all good!

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Old 02-09-2014, 04:14 PM   #446
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I love the cash register.

The pics look beautiful. I should try to go one day.

The lodge looks really nice.
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:52 PM   #447
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Another walk around,













And we hopped on the shuttle to stop at the Museum. They had this great map and the ranger was there with a pointer showing people exactly where to go-



Lots to learn here (or not- you can see Tyler showing off exactly how much my kids do not care for museums)



Timmy meeting John Muir again0



Seems john Muir is a lot shorter in Yosemite than he is in Muir Woods. They definitely preferred outside the museum to inside the museum. Can't blame them-



Half Dome is really something, too! This guy was just walking around Yosemite Village...



We decided to go on another easy hike- truth be told, we were being very mellow today because tomorrow we were planning to do the Mist trail, and that would be a lot more strenuous. So we took the walk to Mirror Lake- the August, dried up version, of course...not really a lake and certainly not a mirror at this time of year.





Of course...



Monkey boy-







Eventually, you come out here-







And then the sky looks like this and you hear thunder,



And decide Oh Crap, we'd better go back because I do NOT want to get stuck out here in a thunder storm...

But then you pass by this-



And if you were like us, you would think this was some sacred thing for the Native American tribe in the area- and if you thought that, you would be WRONG, it is in fact just the opposite, something completely undesireable that should be knocked down (as I learned from a lovely woman the next day who was weaving things in the village). The cairns are meant to mark hiking trails- all together like this, they are just creepy.





This hike is right behind the hotel, so we were back in time for tea and cookies. THAT and our incredible dining experience in the Ahwahnee Dining Room when I come back again!


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Old 02-09-2014, 05:33 PM   #448
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Your pictures are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. This is my dream trip, thanks for sharing.
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Great pics! With lunch prices like that, I can't imagine how much the hotel room actually was!

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Old 02-09-2014, 06:04 PM   #450
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Yosemite....it looks like heaven.
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