If you plan to visit Yosemite State Park you should know that during autum there is no water in the Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake and many more. The Mammoth Gandola is not open until after Nov 8 when the season picks up. There was water in the Vernal Nevada John Muir Trail - it is beautiful but round trip is 6 hours -make sure to bring lots of water and lunch. The hike has a nice trail, beautiful scenary and shaded areas. It is well worth it. You should also know that to get to Yosemite you must deal with winding roads, lots of them. There is a supermarket in Yosemite Valley --- if you stay and i recommend you do in Yosemite scenic wonders --purchase groceries at the store. Do not bother with eating at the grill next to the market. The burgers are not the best. You will need basic essentials like oil and condiments and fruits and whatever else you plan to eat but as far as cooking supplies is considered the house is fully equipped except there is no baking racks for cakes or cookies in our case. The drive from the vacation rental to the valley is about 10-15 minutes long, not a bad drive. We stayed at the little bears den, it was all great except that it has two floors and once the second floor was occupied we can hear everything!!! Also, the house did not have a washer or drier and it does not have air conditioner or a blow drier. This unit does not have a view and you do not have phone signal (ATT, I-phone). Do not expect internet and know that you will not get all channels (Dish TV). Do not be fooled by "housekeeper in" at the valley. The charge is $85 dollars a night for a camp site space not worth it considering you have community showers and restrooms. The other hotel near by is also expensive and must be booked in advance. The best part about this accomodation is that you can prepare you own meals excluding the additional costs of eating out in not the best of places or accommodations. There is a lot to do in Yosemite we stayed 3 nights and four days. We drove to Mariposa and saw the Sequoia trees, very beautiful. You will be in a remote location so when you pack make sure to bring things to do to keep yourself busy. If you are able to bring bikes, do it. The bike riding is excellent. You can bring your dog to the valley but cannot bring your dog to the trails. Overall, in this area your best bet is to stay at this modest location and do not stay in a room without A/C in the summer and bring extra closthe because there is no place to wash it unless you plan to hand wash it.
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