15 Photos - Mar 29, 2014
Photo: The iconic view of the Yosemite Valley, Half Dome in the distance.  In Spring this view includes several waterfalls.Photo: Also iconic are the giant sequoias.Photo: We visited between the fire and the gov't shutdown. The fire was 90% contained and Tioga Road, the main east-west road, opened the day we arrived.Photo: One of many lakes along Tioga Road.Photo: Birding was a major reason for going.  This photo taken by our birding guide.Photo: White-headed woodpeckers, a life bird for us.Photo: Lewis Woodpecker, also a life bird.Photo: Photo: Our splurge was two nights and dinner in the Ahwahnee Lodge.  Normally you have to reserve many months in advance, however we were on the waiting list and there were cancellations due to the fire.Photo: Ahwahnee interiorPhoto: Sentinal Dome, which we hiked for the 360 deg view.Photo: Getting close.Photo: Looking down on the AhwahneePhoto: Hiking with a view of Half DomePhoto: The end.