My daughters (ages 15 and 26) and I will be in Yosemite Aug. 15-18. We have reservations at the Yosemite View for the first two nights because I was initially not able to get anything in the Park for those nights (we are at Wawona Hotel on the 17th). Yesterday and today I lucked out and was able to secure two nights at the Lodge at the Falls (more expensive that Yosemite View, but not terribly much more). I think that this will give us more time to explore as we won't have to enter the Park and find parking those first two days, and we can take time to introduce ourselves to the Valley when we arrive the afternoon of the 15th.
My only question has to do with the heat at that time of year and the lack of air conditioning. I was surprised to hear how hot it was in Yosemite Valley this past weekend, and I know that the none of the lodgings in the park have air conditioning. Is this something to be concerned about in mid-August, or does it get cool enough in the evening to be able to sleep?
Being from the East Coast and living in Washington, D.C. the last 25 years, temps in the 90's and 100's are unbearable without AC because of the humidity, but I have already been educated that San Francisco in August is cool and AC is not needed.
So my question is: Should I keep my new Lodge at the Falls reservations and cancel Yosemite View? Everything else tells me yes, it's just this one issue. I'm not a fussy person, and don't mind a utilitarian hotel room, but if it's unbearably hot, I might be miserable.
Thanks so much! This forum has been very helpful and I enjoy reading all of the comments.
Chevy Chase, MD