Tuesday, January 10, 2012

September 12, 2011; Yosemite to Big Sur

We had a delicious breakfast at the Ahwahnee Lodge.
Thanks, Mom & Dad!

The dining room was almost as pretty as the view outside.

To resist fire, the Ahwahnee was built of concrete, textured and stained to look like wood.

Parking at the Tunnel View Overlook for...

one last look at the valley.

Our first stop after leaving the valley was the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias.


The Grizzly Giant.  Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir had their picture taken in front of this tree.  Not bad company to be in.

Muggin' it up.

The California Tree.
Still alive in spite of the giant hunk taken out of it to accommodate tourists in carriages.
Notice how the bark is growing inward to cover the gash.

The Bachelor and Three Graces

The Fallen Monarch. Giant sequoias are resistant to decay, this tree fell over three hundred years ago.

Beautiful San Luis Reservoir

The Pacific Ocean at last!

We made it to the coast just as the sun was setting.  Beautiful!
We camped at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, ate dinner at the lodge
and got serenaded by a German chef.

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