Big Trees in Mariposa Grove
Seanie and I thought it would be nice to go for a hike today. I mean, we’re in Yosemite, the weather’s nice – a hike, of course! We got a bit of a late start, but we decided to go back to the Mariposa Grove and explore it more fully. I’d hiked the area many times with my dad, but Seanie has never done it before.
The big attraction in the Mariposa Grove is the sequoias. Those are big, massive trees that are thousands of years old. The hike between the Upper and Lower Grove is only about four miles total, so even though there are some steep bits the hike is totally doable, even for two individuals as lazy and out of shape as we are.
I’m not kidding, they are gargantuan.
The hike up to the Upper Grove wasn’t too bad. We ate a snack while we were up there, debating whether we wanted to continue onto the meadow trail or turn around and head back, when we spotted a sign for a trial to the Wawona.
“Wanna walk back to the hotel?” Seanie asked.
“How far is it?”
“I dunno. Couple miles?”
It turned out that it was more than just a couple of miles – according to an app on Seanie’s phone, we ended up hiking 10.25 miles today! Luckily, the majority of the Wawona trail was quite flat, so while the view was sometimes monotonous – trees, trees, and occasionally, the road – at least it wasn’t difficult. But I hadn’t dressed for a long hike – all I had on my feet was a pair of flip-flops.
Trees, trees, trees…
By the time we got back to the hotel, it was early evening and I was STARVING. Luckily, the Wawona has an excellent dining room, and we were in for more good eatin’. I had delicious seafood pasta, and Seanie had another steak, because steak is awesome. I couldn’t finish my plate; in fact, I ate barely half of it. I wanted to eat more, but I was just so full!
While we were eating, there was a camera crew filming a documentary for some sort of “Hidden Hotels” show that will be coming to the Travel Channel in the fall. So who knows? The back of my head might be in the segment about the Wawona Hotel.