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Journey of a body on this earth


No Longer The Ahwahnee :-(

I can’t believe that The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite (among other Yosemite landmarks) is going to be renamed!

As Kurtis Alexander said from, “Delaware North, the concessionaire, out of Buffalo, N.Y., wants $51 million from its successor to surrender the names of several landmarks that have been part of Yosemite for decades.  The company claims the monikers became its intellectual property during the 23 years it ran the park’s lodges, campgrounds and other tourist accommodations.

National Park Service officials are fighting a lawsuit that Delaware North filed last year to require Yosemite’s incoming concessionaire, Aramark of Philadelphia, to pay compensation for using the names. But with the switchover coming in March, Yosemite officials said Thursday they were heading off potential confusion and simplifying things for Aramark by making the revisions.

As of March 1, the Ahwahnee will be renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Curry Village will become Half Dome Village, and the Badger Pass Ski Area will become Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.”

SERIOUSLY?????  Is nothing sacred?  What will be next, our planet Earth?  Maybe some day we will each be given corporate names right out of the womb.  Unreal.

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The Ahwahnee Hotel

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Heron in the Snow (2 images)

I never knew Great Blue Herons lived in Yosemite.  I’m not sure why I didn’t think so, but it was a pleasant surprise to see this guy sitting on a snowy log.  I could get so close, these weren’t even cropped.  He just sat there going about his business.  I’m not the best bird shooter that’s for sure, especially on a 15 degree morning with gloves on, but it was fun capturing this guy.  🙂


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