The #AhwahneeHotel is a grand #hotel in #Yosemite#NationalPark , #California , on the floor of Yosemite Valley, constructed from steel, stone, concrete, wood and glass, which opened in 1927. It is a premiere example of National Park Service rustic architecture and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The hotel was built by two companies that were merged when the National Park Service began leasing concessions to a single concessionaire in 1925. The Curry Company, owned by David and Jennie Curry and the Yosemite Park Company, the owners of the Yosemite Lodge, became the new "Yosemite Park & Curry Company" headed by Donald Tressider. The structure originally served as both a luxury hotel and the company offices of YPC&CC. Despite financial struggles, the YPC&CC remained the concessioner for the Ahwahnee Hotel until 1993, before the National #Park Service required a new concessioner to buy the YPC&CC, creating a new company, Delaware North. Delaware North's contract ended on March 1, 2016 when The National Park Service selected Aramark as the new concessionaire.
I flew over some kind of... large, dramatic eroded river gorge area of sorts today. I can't for the life of me figure out what it's called... I've dubbed it The Really Big Canyon. Yeah that seems about right. #travel#grandcanyon#nationalpark#findyourpark
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More stairways should look like this cave labyrinth.
Extreme thank you to the Civilian Conservation Corp of the 1930s for their ingenuity and industriousness in carving this out of the rock. Decades later and its still going strong. Centuries in the future enough will probably ve left of these stairs and climbholds out in the middle of nowhere to seriously confuse our post-apocolyptic descendents and the furture generations of archaeologists beyond them in whatever new society evolves.
I am so filled with pride and gratitude after our trip to the Grand Canyon. We hiked the South Kaibab Trail down to Ooh Ahh Point. It is a steep trail that goes down over 600 feet in elevation in just under a mile. It was was very challenging (especially on the way back up) but totally worth it, not only for the views but to experience the park from inside the canyon which most visitors do not do. I was exauted but so proud after making it back to the top. #grandcanyon#arizona#magicplace#nationalpark#getoutdoors#strong#publicland#findyourpark#oohahhpoint#kaibabtrail