CSUB history faculty and interested students spent May 18-20, 2012, in and around Yosemite National Park, gaining a firsthand understanding of this historic park and its place in the history of the national park system. Participants experienced the sheer beauty and size of this jewel of California, and enjoyed resting, hiking, sightseeing, and just hanging out.
This informal trip was loosely organized by members of the History Club at CSUB, and included family members. Lodging was at the Yosemite Bug Hostel in Midpines. A former Boy Scout camp, this 16-year-old “Rustic Mountain Resort” has several types of lodging (from bunk beds in the dorm, to tent cabins and private rooms with bathrooms), thus easily accommodating the tastes and budgets of undergrads, graduate students, and faculty. A small amphitheater with fire pit made a wonderful place for an evening of visiting and s’mores after everyone had made their way to the “resort,” which is actually part of the international network of hostels. The cafe at the Bug also serves terrific–and very reasonable–fare, and will make sack lunches for those wanting one for a day in the park.
Once in Yosemite National Park, most of the CSUBers utilized the park shuttle to see the various sights, and well over half hiked up to the base of Vernal Fall, with sixteen of those going further up the wet Mist Trail to the top of the fall. That point of the journey separated the amazing from the merely impressive, as only seven of the group ventured another 1.7 miles up 900 more feet to the top of Nevada Fall.
There were many sore muscles and tired feet by Sunday, but also the voices of participants already asking, “Can we do this again next year?!”
– Miriam Vivian, CSUB history professor and co-advisor of the History Club