It's fall in Yosemite. Morning mists rise from the golf course at Wawona,
deer feed in the meadows, unafraid.
Either it's not hunting season or they know they're in a national park - the best national park. Wawona Hotel is a throwback: wide porches...
...and lovely cottages.
Old fashioned, charming, recently updated. Get a room with a bath or share with really good friends.
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is close by...
... and you can't comprehend how enormous these trees are until you see people standing on a fallen tree.
The leaves will be at their best this weekend - the last of October. Go now, before the snow falls, while the dogwoods are still bright red and the poplars are shaking their gold onto the river. And it's not crowded.
What are you waiting for?