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is there a yosemite thread?
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:47:16 AM »
havent seen one.
is there?
if not,
would love info on best places to stay for family of 9,
where to spend shabbat for minyanim,
how to manage with kosher food


thank you all!

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 10:05:02 AM »
wow, thank you so much!
will take a look at it now....

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 11:19:03 AM »
If you want reliable minyanim, the closest is probably Silicon Valley - San Jose or Palo Alto (we spent a Shabbos in each). We brought all our food with us for our time in Yosemite. For lodging, we wanted to be in the valley to beat the crowds and enjoy early and late photo opportunities. So we stayed at Yosemite Valley Lodge, which can't be beat for location, but could get expensive since you'll need (at least) 2 rooms per night.

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 12:25:25 PM »
We were in Yosemite this summer (August). Rented an RV which slept 7, cost around $1000 + $200 or so for mileage + gas. Sites in the valley are cheap (around $30 per night) but you need to be ready within a few seconds after registration opens around 5 months before.
Brought almost all food with us, you can buy essentials (eggs, milk etc) in the park or in one of the villages on outskirts.
Chabdad in Fresno should have minyan I think - but check with them. They also offer kosher meals service, which we did not use as was fairly expensive. It is closest Chabad to both Yosemite and Sequioa national parks.
Yosemite is wonderful, you'll have a great time.

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2018, 07:58:09 AM »
If you want reliable minyanim, the closest is probably Silicon Valley - San Jose or Palo Alto (we spent a Shabbos in each). We brought all our food with us for our time in Yosemite. For lodging, we wanted to be in the valley to beat the crowds and enjoy early and late photo opportunities. So we stayed at Yosemite Valley Lodge, which can't be beat for location, but could get expensive since you'll need (at least) 2 rooms per night.

thanks for the info
how long were you in yosemite for?
you flew in and out of sf? la?

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2018, 07:59:28 AM »
We were in Yosemite this summer (August). Rented an RV which slept 7, cost around $1000 + $200 or so for mileage + gas. Sites in the valley are cheap (around $30 per night) but you need to be ready within a few seconds after registration opens around 5 months before.
Brought almost all food with us, you can buy essentials (eggs, milk etc) in the park or in one of the villages on outskirts.
Chabdad in Fresno should have minyan I think - but check with them. They also offer kosher meals service, which we did not use as was fairly expensive. It is closest Chabad to both Yosemite and Sequioa national parks.
Yosemite is wonderful, you'll have a great time.



would LOVE an RV, but ive yet to find one that can sleep 9 of us...
can you send the info you have on the RV.
how long were you in yosemite for?
what else did you do outwest?

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2018, 03:32:06 PM »


would LOVE an RV, but ive yet to find one that can sleep 9 of us...
can you send the info you have on the RV.
how long were you in yosemite for?
what else did you do outwest?
We rented from apollo - https://apollorv.com . Picked up in LA, returned in SF.
Was very happy with the van and service.
We were 2 nights in Sequoia, 2 in Oakhurst (just outside Yosemite - Shabbat) then 2 in Yosemite.

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2018, 10:41:51 PM »
thanks for the info
how long were you in yosemite for?
you flew in and out of sf? la?


We spent around 48 hours in Yosemite, arriving from the east (Mono Lakes, Bodie Ghost Town) and driving through the park, and spending 1.5 days in the valley, leaving midday Friday to get to Palo Alto in time for Shabbos. We spent about 2.5 weeks in NoCal altogether, flying into Sacramento and out of SFO (no issues or surchages for 1-way rental).

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Re: is there a yosemite thread?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2020, 07:22:31 PM »
Chabad of Mammoth Lakes has Kosher takeout food for those travelling to Yosemite