Although we could happily have stayed longer at the Spindrift Inn in Monterrey, the weekend was almost upon us and family awaited in Sacramento.

After a delightful in-room breakfast on Friday morning, it was back on the road toward our destination of Sacramento. First, though, a detour for a quick visit to Yosemite.

One cannot do justice to Yosemite in an afternoon, a day, or even a couple of days, but we decided to seize the opportunity, even if time was short.

The grandeur of this natural wonder is incomparable! From El Capitan to Half-Dome, the various falls (Bridal Veil, Horsetail, and Yosemite), all had our mouths agape. And the wonderful smells of pine and eucalyptus in the spring -- amazing!

We headed to the Ahwanee Lodge for a late lunch and took in grandeur of a man-made nature. The lodge, built in the early '20s, is a work of art. Its hand-hewn log beams, Native American paintings and design are completely captivating. And the views from the patio surely must only hint at the views from the guest rooms, particularly those on the higher floors. Even if you're not willing or able to spend the night, when visiting Yosemite one must definitely see the Ahwanee Lodge.

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