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... fairly priced for once. After resorting our resupply boxes and feeding another group of hungry hikers with our surplus, we jumped yet another bus! So many vehicle rides in this last stretch. This was the direct line from Toulumne Meadows to Yosemites Valley Floor. This was a much anticipated side trip for us and finally 950 miles into our hike, the time has come. Yosemite, here we ...
... and bogans so kept my nationality a secret somewhat. Park staff are not that friendly either, and some in the shops like to try and rip foreigners off, so be careful with that if you visit. Can't wait to get back here next time, maybe Easter when the bears are out and about and there is water in the waterfalls. Think I'll combine that with Yellowstone since I'll be missing out on that national park this time ...
... toured the magnificent Mariposa Grove of ancient sequoias nearby. Wow!
From Yosemite, via Amtrak, we returned to Olympia.
Theodore Roosevelt's sentiments at the conclusion of one of his year-long, early 20th century African safaris, echoes our own:
"It had been a happy and interesting year, but we looked forward to turning our faces toward home, to once again be with ...
Mono Lake at Lee Vining was a complete surprise. The Lake is 2.5 times saltier and 100 times as alkaline as the ocean. Calcium-rich springs flowed up thru vents from the lake bottom and bonded with the carbonates in the lake water, forming a type of limestone structures which are usually only seen in caves. Only because the water level of the lake has dropped so ...
Refreshed, we checked out of the Ahwahnee, leaving car and luggage stored to take the shuttle bus to the trailhead for the 'Mist Trail' - supposedly the quintessential hike for anyone coming to Yosemite (save perhaps the megahike to the top of Half Dome). This involves a steady climb towards the base of Vernal Falls, and a steep climb to the top. Further above them are the even larger Nevada Falls. They are spring-sourced rather than a function ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Murphey's Motel Lee Vining
Stayed here 3 nights from June 29 to 2 July 2006. Great value for money! We had large room upstairs with fridge,microwave,cooker,toaster etc. Bed was great! Very light airy room with air con.We checked in early too and room was already ready I had previously booked this motel direct on their web site and found they were very efficient and quick to respond. There is a nice sitting out area in front of motel where we had some wine and beer and watched the world go by early evening! It's ideal for Yosemite,Mono and Bodie.Had nice relaxed atmosphere and everyone friendly in Lee Vining! Bodie Mike's for food was very good with outside dining. Would recommend this motel!
Loved Murphey's. Great value for the price. The place was immaculate. We had reserved a room with a microwave and frige. When we arrived Nancy the manager handed us the key. She had put us in a kitchenette which was fully stocked. Nancy just puts herself out for her customers. We will go back there. Lot's of photographers staying there so it was fun to pick peoples brains for good places to shoot.
Make sure you get an upstairs room!
Small, older motel with well-working heater/AC in the room. Bed was fine, shower and bathroom worked good. Parking was fairly close the the room, and the nearby ice machine room also has a microwave and soda vending.
Very friendly owner, but only open till 8 pm. We had to race down 395 to make it there; a bit stressful.
MAKE SURE you get an upstairs room. The people above us decided to get up at 6.30 and wander around and around for an hour - resulting in loud squeeks from our ceiling. Terrible!!
The price is good and, yes - the Mobil gas station south of town does have surprisingly good food but a strange atmosphere. Nicely's Restaurant is alright for breakfast as well. The gift shop to the left had super friendly service and the 76 gas station prices 20c/gallon below the other two. (Only worth mentioning since gas prices in Lee Vining are 30% above those in less rural parts of the state.)
Mono Lake is definitely worth a visit and the setting is awesome with the Sierras rising above the tranquil lake setting with majestic tufas. Lots of Kodak moments here!
For $58 night what would you expect?
This is a very basic motel with decor from the late 1970s and paper thin floors and walls. However the rate in October was only $58 a night, the staff (of one, apparently) was extremely friendly, and the room and grounds were very clean. I've stayed at the Best Western up the street and prefer Murphys. EAT AT THE MOBIL STATION!!!! Really fantastic food, and the whole town seems to hang out there.
Perfect for 1 night, Mono Lake, Yosemite
Perfect hotel for 1 night; very close to Mono Lake, we stayed here after visiting Yosemite. Rooms are OK. There's a nice restaurant around the corner. Recommended.
Good overnight accommodation
We stayed overnight after our drive on the Sonora Pass from Oakhurst, when the Yosemite Tioga Pass was still snowbound. A good, clean, comfortable room and very helpful proprietor. Lee Vining is close to Mono Lake, which is well worth a visit.
Cheap ,friendly nice hotel
We first tried to spend the night in the best-western hotel. Unless the best-western-people told us it was difficult to find another hotel for 79 dollars we found the nearby Murphey's Motel. With AAA discount we payed about 50 dollars for a little room. We had the choice between 2 rooms but we took the little one.
The people are friendly and willing to help.
Although we spend the most of the nights during our trip in Day's Inn and Best Western hotels this is really a better choice in Lee Vining.
Great location, great motel
We stayed here in June 2003. The staff is very friendly and the motel is AAA-aproved. The rooms are spatious and the bathroom very clean and well mantained. Rooms aren't that expensive unlike the Best Western located nearby.
Excellent place to explore Mono Lake, Bodie and the Tioga Pass (Yosemite N.P.).
An excellant Motel highly reccogmended
We had a lovely stay at that motel and the managers were very helpful and friendly.