|Above, Half Dome from North Pines Campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
A year ago today, I was camping in Yosemite National Park with my cat Sierra at the North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley.
This turned out to be the most rain-free day while I was at the park. Instead of going to the Ahwahnee Hotel (renamed the Yosemite Majestic Hotel due to the trademark lawsuit with Delaware North) or somewhere else for breakfast, I decided to cook my own in The Beast. It was my usual bacon, eggs and toast.
After breakfast, I decided to head to the park's laundromat to do some laundry. The laundromat is located at the Housekeeping Camp. When I got there (thankfully, Housekeeping Camp is a shuttle stop), I found the camp pretty much deserted except for workers who are getting it ready for the summer vacation season. While my laundry was in the washer, I wandered around the camp to see what the accommodations looked like. They didn't look particularly inviting. I guess once they are cleaned up and occupied the tent-cabins would look much better. It is my guess that these tent cabins are occupied by the seasonal employees during the summer.
After doing my laundry, I headed back to camp. Later, I went to Yosemite Village and browsed around the store and the Visitor Center's gift shop. I picked up a few things. I went over to the Ahwahnee Hotel and decided to get some coffee and just sit around the lounge with my laptop since they have the most usable Wi-Fi in Yosemite that I found. Cell phone service in the park was spotty at best.
I went back over to the Yosemite Village store afterwards and saw some deer in front. I managed to get some fairly close pictures of them.
After picking up a few things at the store I headed back to camp to begin dinner.
Once dinner was done and the dishes cleaned, I headed over to the Ahwahnee to peruse their gift shop. I spotted an Indiana Jones-style hat that I was tempted to buy, but I ended up not getting it. I did get a commemorative copper drinking mug. It commemorated the Centennial of the National Park Service.
Once I was done in the Ahwahnee gift shop, I headed back to camp to get things put away for my departure the next morning.
Here's some photos of day 3:
|Above, the laundromat located at the Housekeeping Camp. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, the Housekeeping Camp. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, one of the tent cabins at the Housekeeping Camp. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, a view of Half Dome from North Pines Campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, one of the granite rock formations. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, a view of Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Village. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, the Visitor Center bookstore and gift shop. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, deer strolling in front of the Yosemite Village store. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, deer going under the Yosemite Village store walkway bridge. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, trying on a hat at the Ahwahnee gift shop.|
|Above, Sierra enjoying the coffee maker box. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|