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Trip Report Our Yosemite trip

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Thanks to advice from Fodorites, Hwy 580 to 205 to 120 from San Francisco to Yosemite was a great way to go. Stopped a couple of times along the way for bathroom breaks, and got there in 4 hours. Ride home was longer with the San Francisco and Bay Bridge traffic.
New Priest Road was a bit steep in places, but manageable, and not much different from some of the twists and turns inside the park. We stayed at Ahwahnee Lodge. Great location; interior spaces are majestic; our room and bath were compact but comfortable and nicely furnished -- far better than our room at El Tovar in the Grand Canyon. Food was good in the main dining room and casual restaurant. We enjoyed the morning hot chocolate and late afternoon tea and cookies. Definitely a splurge, but worth it for us. We had dinner one evening at the Lodge at Yosemite Falls. Husband's salmon was ok; my ribs were sent back. The restaurant affords a great view of Yosemite Falls. The park is truly awe inspiring. Wonderful to see Ansel Adams' vistas come to life. Bad knees precluded major hikes, so we took the short walks to lower Yosemite Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. The waterfalls, with their roaring, gushing runoff, left us speechless. We were lucky to see a black bear ambling on the road to Tunnel View. We drove to Glacier Point. We took advantage of the free and frequent shuttle busses . We spent two nights in San Francisco at the beginning, and two nights at the end, of our trip. Westin St. Francis in bustling Union Square was just ok -- liked the location; room was large but fairly nondescript. We loved Hotel Vitale across from the Ferry Building. Lively neighborhood, beautiful boutique hotel. Great view of the Bay Bridge from our warm and comfortable room. Wonderful staff. Our bed was strewn with rose petals for our anniversary. A friend took us to Eos for dinner one night. Delicious Asian fusion cuisine meant to be shared. Would also recommend Boulevard Restaurant. Our sweet scallop appetizer was amazing. Food was very good. The service and Belle Epoque surroundings are an experience. A wonderful trip.

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