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two questions

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two questions

HI all,

We are going to Berkeley's Tuolumne Family camp next week. We will be leaving in the early morning (entering from the Big Oak Flat entrance) and driving through Yosemite valley on our way out. Does anyone have a breakfast recommendation that is relatively inexpensive (less than $10) that we could stop at?

#2-We will be visiting the valley for one day. Can anyone recommend a hike for a 3 & 5 year old? Not too steep with a fun ending (ie. waterfall, river, big trees etc..)

Thanks for any help you can give.

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1. Re: two questions

You can easily get breakfast at Yosemite Lodge for under $10. The easiest hike in the valley would be to Mirror Lake/Meadow, but it doesn't have a very exciting ending. With a 3 year-old it might be difficult, but the hike to the Vernal Falls bridge is only 3/4 mile each way, with a 400-foot gain. If the 3 year-old has lots of energy and is eager, it would be a nice hike.

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2. Re: two questions

Walk from the shuttle bus stop at Happy Isles to the Nature Center (fun ending - stuffed bear!) and around the paths along the river there. Snack bar for Ice Cream or hot dogs back at the Shuttle bus stop.

Or- - rent bikes with the kid carriers in the back and find a nice stop along the river and have a picnic and play in the water.(try Sugarpine Bridge)

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Have a wonderful time at BTC! One of my most favorite places in the world. And if you see a staffer named Seth Caplan, tell him "macjack" says hi and wishes he could have made it to the wedding.

When our kids were little and we stayed at BTC, our favorite day hike in Yosemite to take them on was Sentinel Dome. Even at that age they should be able to handle it, and it is ideal for little ones because they can see their destination: the big dome in front of them. Best of all, they will think they are on top of the world. To get there, after spending some time in the valley, head up out of the valley on Hwy 41 (being sure to stop at the Tunnel View lookout), then head to Glacier Point Road to get to the trailhead.

BTW, if you arrived at camp after breakfast, then you are entitled to breakfast on the day you leave. If you want to leave before third bell, then you might just be able to arrange to get some food from a friendly kitchen staffer. But if you don't want to do that, then once you are in the valley, you could certainly stop at the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria for breakfast. (And one more thing: there is a little grocery store at the intersection with 120 as you exit camp where you could get things like bars and pre-packaged muffins.)

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4. Re: two questions

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

Macjack- went to BTC as a child and now that I have children, I am starting the tradition with them. They LOVE it. We figured out that by leaving before breakfast we would save $80. On the form they have B, L, D, N (night) and the fees are divided by 4. We figured we would save a little bit of money and have a cheap breakfast or just get going early and spend the money somewhere else.

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