You know what we did on the 4th day of our Yosemite trip? We sat by the pool and stuffed our faces throughout the day. I gorged on ice-cream which is abundant in Yosemite Valley.
Several people asked if it was crowded in the Park. My response? “Yeah it was crowded – by the ice-cream stand.”
You know where there weren’t crowds? Anywhere you had to ascend a mountain. I know the hike to Half Dome can be busy, but most people are congregating around the camp sites in Curry Village firing up their BBQ pits. People are snapping up pictures at the drive-through turnouts. Let’s face it. Most people are not willingly subjecting themselves to a hike with a 3,000+ feet elevation gain! So no it ain’t crowded. It’s in the middle of the summer in Yosemite and I felt like there were less people during our hikes than a Saturday afternoon at Mt. Tam.
Don’t let the “crowds” deter you. It’s a myth!
That said, we spent Day 4 with the crowds as I slurped cookies-and-cream by the pool. From there, we went to the all-you-can-eat Saturday BBQ at the historic Wawona Hotel which looked gorgeous. I think it’s probably the finest accommodations in Yosemite, even better than the over-priced Ahwahnee.
Relaxing by the pool at the Yosemite Lodge
The Wawona – there was 1 wedding and 1 rehearsal going on Saturday night. Awesome venue for a wedding.
Life doesn’t get any better than a Saturday all-you-can-eat BBQ in Yosemite.