TV, Internet at lodges taint Yosemite’s allure for some

In Lodging, News

Here’s an interesting article from over at the Contra Costa Times about the recent addition of wireless internet in Yosemite. Personally there’ve been times when I’ve been in the Park and wished to be able to get online to check the news or weather. Of course, I’m also the guy who takes my laptop camping with me. Here’s a snippet of the article and be sure to read the whole thing.

Contra Costa Times: Mike and Anne Usher yearned for quiet, scenery and relief from the hubbub of city life when they made their annual trek to this valley of giant granite walls and waterfalls.

They didn’t expect satellite television service in their Yosemite Lodge rooms.

“You come up here to experience nature,” Mike Usher said, resting on his lodge room porch after a family hike. “TV makes this more like an ordinary place. I don’t like it.”

Yosemite Lodge, a short walk from the spray-whipped base of the world’s fifth-tallest waterfall, hooked up its rooms this year to television, with mixed visitor reception.

Wireless computer service also has debuted in centrally located areas of the lodge, the largest in the park.

Some critics see the change as striking a loud and sour note in a place that conservationist John Muir called the “grandest special temple of nature I was ever permitted to enter.”

There’s also a comments section set up on the Contra Costa Times website if you wish to comment there. Check it out.

Thanks, Ari.

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