My girlfriend and I have booked a stay at Yosemite Lodge for 2 nights in early December this year 3rd and 4th. We will be driving from Monterey as part of our California road trip. I have done a little bit of research about the drive to Yosemite so I understand that the easiest route will be on 140 into Mariposa giving us the options of taking the YARTS bus. We will be leaving monterey around mid day so the aim will be to arrive in Mariposa around 4.30. On the day we leave we have the option of staying until late afternoon to drive back. So basically we have one full day and a half day. We are a young fit couple that enjoy hikes and taking photographs. I would love to see the sequoias of Mariposa Grove if that would be at all possible to walk to. I have looked at the upper yosemite falls trail as well. What recommendations do you have for a trip at this time of the year in terms of hikes and things to see, and what other advice do you have for us? Thanks.