Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Curry Village: A Packing List

During our almost week's stay in Yosemite, we stayed in a tent cabin at Curry Village within Yosemite Valley.  This was a first for me, as all of my previous trips had been of the tent camping variety.  Being the planner that I am, I began to wonder about what to pack, and more importantly - what to eat.  In doing some research, I found that Curry Village includes several amenities such as actual beds, a light fixture within the cabin, and a power outlet.  I also found that cooking facilities are not available within the Village.

Keeping this in mind, my husband and I made some decisions about what to bring.  Since we were driving in and had space in the car, we decided to bring some additional items such as camping chairs and our bikes (best idea ever, by the way).  We also decided that we would bring breakfast and lunch items, and eat in the park for dinner.  We made a quick stop at Trader Joe's before we left and picked up breakfast bars, snacks, and fixings for turkey sandwiches on the go.  This ended up working great, as once we were in Yosemite, I'd make sandwiches in the morning, pack them in my day pack, and head out for for the day.

One special treat that we reserved in advance was a dinner reservation at the Ahwahnee Hotel on our last night in Yosemite.  After having pizza for dinner a couple nights in a row and wearing our hiking clothes each day, it was fun to get dressed up and recap the stories of our trip during a date-night type dinner.  The dining room ambiance took us back in time with a live piano player, tapered candles, and gorgeous views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

For those of you planning a trip to Yosemite and staying in Curry Village, I put together a Curry Village packing list which you can download here.  Hope you make it this summer!

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