This is really something that anyone who visits Yosemite should do. It is great fun for family and really an enjoyable experience. My 16 year old son and I went to a Moonlight Special event on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The food was good, the train ride was fun and the campfire singing was a hoot. This is a 3 hour event that ran from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and it all went without a hitch. Great times and family fun for everyone!
The only recommendation I have is that if you do the Moonlight Special, I would suggest having a room in Oakhurst, just down the road from this place for the night. We had a room in Sonora and were on a 3 day/2 night mini vacation so we had been on the road a lot. CA-49 that will take you to Fish Camp from the Sonora/Jamestown area seems to have a lot more twists and turns than your average mountain road and we chose not to drive it at night, after the Moonlight Special. We were able to get directions that took us out on 140 towards Merced to 99 for the trip back to our room in Sonora to avoid the craziness of CA-49 at night. We didn't get back to our room in Sonora until 2 am. I wish I had done that part of our visit a little differently and had gotten a room nearby for the night. We were already tired travelers by the time we got here after a long day of driving/site seeing and I would have been thrilled to have been able to go straight to a motel after this event for rest after a long day instead of an additional 3-4 hour drive to get back to our motel in Sonora.
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