July 20, 2024


Travel Finishes First

Only a few hours away, Yosemite National Park a great way to restart travel

“Mom, face mask!”

That shouted decree was from a 7-12 months-old boy who experienced just noticed a Yosemite Nationwide Park shuttle bus rounding the corner. He instantly remembered the rule: No a single boards devoid of a confront covering.

As demanded, mother scrounged by means of her purse to retrieve the kid’s encounter mask. No “please” and no “thank you” had been tendered by the youthful lad.

Loosey-goosey upbringing? Perhaps.

But later, when I reflected on this scene, I slash the kid some slack. I understood I experienced felt the exact same discomfort when that bus approached as I dutifully dug a mask out of my pocket.

Does this minor incident characterize just one of the last gasps of pandemic aggravation for travelers?

Given that my mid-April take a look at to Yosemite, the national edict necessitating masking on general public transportation has gone away. It looks like travel is starting to get significantly less baffling and irksome for all of us — younger and old.

California may be in drought, but Yosemite Falls is still flowing. Thanks to spring rain and snow a park ranger estimated it would continue doing so through July.

California may well be in drought, but Yosemite Falls is nonetheless flowing. Many thanks to spring rain and snow a park ranger estimated it would carry on undertaking so via July.

Development is coming in baby ways. Just prior to my pay a visit to, Yosemite’s exquisite Ahwahnee Resort dining home experienced switched their “no-touch” meal buffet to a “serve-yourself” buffet. Regrettably, that is even now a buffet, and that is far more than a toddler phase absent from the pre-pandemic service.

It seems that Yosemite is additional hindered by personnel shortages than by COVID. I read that from a park ranger and from a waitress. The waitress advised that the purpose that the formerly extravagant dinner at the Ahwahnee was now only a buffet was owing to a absence of enable.

Inspite of that, each day housekeeping is once more available at the Ahwahnee and lunch is served by wait around employees. No mask edicts appeared to be in result about the park other than those people on the shuttle buses.

Some pandemic habits die hard although. At just one Yosemite hotel, I witnessed a entrance desk clerk bagging into a huge towel hundreds of space keys that had been returned at examine-out that morning.

What in the world was going on? When I inquired, she responded, “They’re all heading in the sanitizer.”

A several nights at Yosemite turned out to be a wonderful way for me to commence traveling once more. No need to have to go to an airport. It’s an straightforward drive from Ventura County, about 6 several hours, and who could ever tire of the spectacular vistas and waterfalls. Many thanks to a wetter than expected spring, a ranger explained to me that the extraordinary Yosemite Falls would possibly be energetic as a result of July.

Most Southern Californians have been to Yosemite and probably far more than at the time. Just one choice I identified this time was a ranger-led two-hour bus tour of the park. Not only did I get a better viewpoint of the total park, but we stopped in front of El Capitan and with the assistance of the ranger’s experienced eye — and his binocular — noticed climbers ascending the sheer deal with.

We also witnessed the anchored tents of those applying the mountain confront as short term housing. I question those people folks would be responsible of whining about having to settle for a buffet.

It is termed the Yosemite Valley Ground Tour and is $38 for each person. At the time of my stop by, it could only be booked by the concierge at possibly Yosemite Valley Lodge or at the Ahwahnee. If interested, Google it on the net to see if progress reservations are feasible.

Checking out Yosemite in the coming months will certainly demand some preparing. Starting off May perhaps 20, advance reservations are needed to get in for entrance between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you have a reservation at most of the in-park accommodations you likely won’t need to have a different entrance reservation. It is a bit challenging so go to www.nps.gov/yose for the particulars.

Like a lot of of you, during the pandemic I optimistically kept booking trips in expectation that the plague would undoubtedly finish shortly. Then, dejectedly, I spent hours canceing individuals superb programs. Yosemite was me sticking my toe in the drinking water again. It felt very good.

David Loe

David Loe

David Loe was the co-operator of a vacation organization in Ventura County for 25 decades. His column appears regular. He welcomes your responses at [email protected].

Two-calendar year hiatus

For extra than two a long time Ventura County resident David Loe has composed a month to month travel column for the Star. Two several years ago, travel instantly ground to a halt and so did the column.

His past column in April 2020 bundled this: “So, now we know what a pandemic is like. Life’s small pleasures that we took so considerably for granted are on hiatus having a haircut…eating out…receiving with each other with friends. And, for quite a few of us, a getaway is superior on that incredibly extensive record of enjoyments at present denied us.”

Currently, he returns in hopes that this is the commencing of the write-up-pandemic journey period.

This write-up at first appeared on Ventura County Star: David Loe: Yosemite a great way to restart travel