MASONRY BLOG

Protect Yourself With Travel Insurance

But Choose Carefully Every year, we have guests who have to cancel their trips. Usually, the reasons are sad and unexpected — a sick parent, a hurricane, a broken arm. It’s always regrettable, but with the right insurance, you can … Read More

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Getting Groceries in Yosemite

You can certainly buy groceries inside Yosemite National Park. However, we strongly recommend stocking up before coming to our house. The nearest restaurants and grocery stores are 30 minutes away. So as a minimum, you should arrive with enough food … Read More

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Ferguson Fire Chronicle

In 2018, we made it through the Ferguson Fire without burning down and, in fact, with no damage whatsoever. No small accomplishment, though not through efforts of our own. Want all the gory details? Read on. The Fire Starts Whenever … Read More

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Safety Equipment for Hiking Half Dome

The homemade “safety” equipment I saw on my most recent trip up the Half Dome Cables horrified me. I put “safety” in quotes, because in my opinion, many of these people are making themselves less safe, not safer, with these … Read More

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Customer Reviews

We have hundreds of guestbook comments and, as of August, 2017 over 150 reviews on VRBO (87), TripAdvisor (43) and AirBnB (12). Of those 152 reviews, 150 (99%) are five-star (we also currently have one four-star review and one three-star … Read More

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Yosemite In November: Conditions, Things to Do and Rainy Day Activities

What to do in Yosemite in November? November is one of the least crowded times in Yosemite. Parking lots that fill by 9am in the summer are half-empty at noon in November. Nature is quieter too. Bears are typically busy … Read More

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Yosemite Hikes for Kids

Yosemite hikes for kids or hikes with kids is a bit of a tough category. There’s a huge difference between a two-year-old who will likely spend most of the time in a backpack (in which case the distance you can … Read More

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Recommended Day Hikes in Yosemite

How to choose just a few day hikes in Yosemite? There are so many choices and, of course, everyone has a different definition of a day hike. Theresa and I have several times covered more than 30 miles in a … Read More

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Recommended Short Hikes in Yosemite

With hundreds of miles of trails and hundreds more miles of cross-country routes, Yosemite has stunning “hikes” that are just a few minutes from the car and loops of hundreds of miles that would take several days for all but … Read More

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Snow Chains for Yosemite and Winter Driving Tips

Will I need chains in Yosemite? Ah. The perennial question: “I’m coming in {Winter Month X} will I need chains?” The reason this is so hard to figure out is that there isn’t an easy yes or no answer. Chain … Read More

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