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Morning Rituals in Wawona

August 06, 2014 Posted by: SS - Park Ranger (Wawona)
There are a wide variety of options for spending a night in Wawona. Depending on your preference, there is historical lodging at the Wawona Hotel, camping in the campground, or renting a local cabin. Early mornings are an exceptional time of day in the south end of Yosemite National Park. As a visitor in Wawona, you may choose to experience some of these morning rituals.

Wawona Hotel - Chaise lounge chairs are artfully arranged around the swimming tank; the American flag is raised to the national anthem whistled by musically gifted staff; the smell of damp grass welcomes golfers as they head to their first tee; the aroma of coffee wafts through the front veranda as guests enjoy their morning java; and the Wawona shuttle is gearing up to transport eager visitors to see the giant sequoia trees.

Wawona Campground - Campers waken to the gurgling sounds of the South Fork of the Merced River; the heady scent of past evening fires drifts through campsites as people emerge from their cocoon of sleeping bags and tents to enjoy hearty breakfasts of pancakes, bacon, and cocoa; voices filled with anticipation can be heard planning hikes for the day as visitors pore over trail maps; and birders gather to walk near the river as the morning sunlight filters through the trees.

The Redwoods – Families renting cabins start their morning with a stroll to the Swinging Bridge area; create memories sharing breakfast out on their deck; put together picnic items for a feast with friends or relatives later in the day; lay out bathing suits and towels for a swim during the heat of the afternoon; make arrangements with the Wawona stables for a trail ride around the meadow loop; and download photos from their reunion to share.

One morning ritual that many people enjoy is opening the crisp sheets of a newspaper to hunt for the daily crossword puzzle. In fact, in some cases, the daily crossword puzzle is the only item that some enthusiasts search for. As a puzzle solver and constructor myself, I would like to share two crossword puzzles that I created to perhaps add to your morning ritual in Wawona. You will find that they are both appropriately themed to this wonderful place that we call Yosemite National Park. Enjoy a morning mental challenge before you head out on your day's adventure. 

Download the  America's Best Idea crossword [123 kb PDF]   
America's Best Idea Crossword PuzzleAmerica's Best Idea Crossword Puzzle
Download the  Ahwahnee crossword [124 kb PDF]

Ahwahnee Crossword Puzzle image

Answers: America's Best Idea crossword [245 kb PDF] and Ahwahnee crossword [244 kb PDF] 


Wawona, Ranger Notebook, SS




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  1. Joyce - San Diego, California
    August 14, 2014 at 09:17

    I have enjoyed breakfast with my daughter in the Wawona Hotel. Am unusually pleasant event it was too!What a lovely place to live and visit! I also enjoy crossword puzzles so excuse me while go and I try these two!

  2. Rex - New York
    August 09, 2014 at 03:09

    Loved the crossword puzzles, especially the clue for the Ahwahnee puzzle 13 across. Hilarious! It makes me want to come visit Wawona and experience all those wonderful things you wrote about.

  3. Bob & Sherry - Julian, CA
    August 08, 2014 at 09:13

    We love Wawona and Ranger Shirley Spencer!

 

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Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.