YOSEMITE 2011 – Part 1 Road Trip to Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite Roadtrip September 2011 – PART 1

My stepbrother invited me to road trip to Yosemite. The itinerary: two nights at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and one night at Yosemite Lodge in the valley.  He arrived the night before and we woke up the next morning and hit the road early.  We traveled the 14 Freeway to Highway 395 freeway to the junction at the Interstate 120, with a stop for breakfast at Denny’s.

Big Sky on the 395 Freeway north - California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Big Sky on the 395 Freeway north – California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

We stopped at the Lee Vining Visitor Center, used the facilities and took in the sights.  (Right click and open the picture below in a new window)

Visitors Center - Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Visitors Center – Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

My step-brother heard that “you have to have lunch at the Mobil Gas Station” so we did.  Yes, there’s a grill and they serve food inside the gas station.  This is the last stop before heading up the mountain into the national park, and the closest “outside the park” place to eat and drink.  They also have live music on some nights (check the schedule, weather permitting).  My stepbrother is mostly vegetarian and ordered the fish taco plate with rice and beans and told me it was good.  We sat outside and ate lunch at the picnic tables with bikers from Germany.  I decided not to eat the gas station food based on the (over)pricing, and instead ate more of the food that we had packed for the drive.

Entering Yosemite – Tioga Pass (altitude 9945 feet)

Entering Yosemite - altitude (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Entering Yosemite – Tioga Pass – altitude 9945 feet (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The Tuolumne Lodge at Tuolumne Meadows is comprised of tent cabins and a campground served by the Lodge which has a very basic store and a dining room that serves great food.  No food is allowed in the tent cabins (and NEVER leave food in the car!),  Bear lockers are provided in the parking lot and there’s a picnic area up the road for outdoor dining.

Veiw from the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

View from the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The lodge has free coffee and tea service all day and a communal fire in the evenings (as scheduled, weather permitting). In addition to the scheduled meal service at breakfast and dinner, visitors can pre-order food for hiking or day trips from the kitchen.

The Lodge at Touloumne Meadows - Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Tuolumne Lodge – Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The Tent Cabins sleep four and are the only housing option unless you want to tent camp at the campground.  It was cold and raining as we checked in and just as we got settled in to our deluxe accomodations, it began to HAIL.  The sound of the hail on the canvas roof was deafening.  Each tent cabin has a wood burning stove and the Lodge provides wood, kindling and newspaper for each unit.  We started a fire, got warmer and waited out the storm.

The view from the bed - It's HAILING outside. (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

View from the bed – Cold and HAILING outside! (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Tuolumne Meadows - Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Tuolumne Meadows – Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravell)

Continue to PART 2:  GOOD COOKING, ALTITUDE SICKNESS, NIGHT #1, THE WALK TO THE STORE AND HIKING TOULOUMNE MEADOWS.

https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/yosemite-2011-part-2-tuolumne-meadows/

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

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4 thoughts on “YOSEMITE 2011 – Part 1 Road Trip to Tuolumne Meadows

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