Miscellaneous photos of the Grant Grove Village area.
Honeymoon Cabin in the snow. March 2009.
Porch on the John Muir Lodge. This is the first floor porch on the end of the building.
Porch on the John Muir Lodge. The 2nd floor porch, directly above the last photo.
Painting of John Muir in the lobby of John Muir Lodge.
Lobby of John Muir Lodge.
Lobby of the John Muir Lodge
John Muir Lodge Lobby, Christmas 2007
View from room window at John Muir Lodge. Taken March 2013.
Upgraded and remodeled John Muir Lodge Guest Room, taken in 2015. Notice there is now a flat screen tv. You can't see it but the walls are now insulated and have double drywall to make them more sound resistant.
Gift Shop with Old Restaurant Behind it.
Gift Shop in 2017, restored to more or less it's original floorplan.
Modern rustic east side of the Gift Shop with new patio. 2017
Grant Grove Village Gift Shop. The gift shop building was built in 1933 and completely remodeled in 2017. The old coffee shop building was added to it in 1962 and demolished in 2016. When the coffee shop addition was installed in 1962 the gift shop was extensively modernized to make it match the new coffee shop. A new roof was added on the coffee shop side of the gift shop to match the appearance of the roof on the coffee shop. New siding and modern glass windows replaced the old siding and windows on the older gift shop building. The goal of the "Mission 66" plan being implemented at that time in the National Parks was to upgrade and modernize the parks, to build new buildings in the parks that looked fresh and modern, and to eliminate the older rustic style buildings where feasible. Simpler exteriors with low, gently sloped roofs were the new preferred style. The Visitor Center across the parking lot from the gift shop dates from the same period in the 1960's and has the same architectural style as the old 60's era coffee shop. The west side of the gift shop still maintains most of the historic 1933 appearance (except for modern windows and doors), while the other sides are a "modern rustic style" of architecture that matches the new restaurant built adjacent to it in 2017.
The old 60's Coffee Shop. The coffee shop was the building on the right with the lovely air conditioning units on the roof. Notice that even the 60's era "modern" building had bracketed outlookers on it! A nod to the historic architectural signature of the Village. The Gift Shop is the building on the left. March 2009. The coffee shop in this photo was demolished in 2016.
Construction of the new Grant Grove Restaurant in Spring 2017. The new restaurant is now open. I'll add photos as soon as I get up there to take them, I'm planning a visit in late October, 2017.
This photo was taken in the late fall, when the park and forest service conduct controlled burns. Controlled burns are small fires intended to mimic the forest fires common to this area, and burn away accumulated debris on the forest floor- without endangering lives, property, or historic cabins! If you look carefully you can see the smoke from a burn in this photo.
The General Grant Tree at Grant Grove. Giant Sequoia.
Some park animals...
A Ground Squirrel
A Western Gray Squirrel
Little Black Bear, no sign of mom, so he may have been just weaned off onto his own. This one I spotted at Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park but they do show up at Grant Grove Village at times. Wouldn't you just like to hug him? Maybe you would you like to be mauled too? I'm not as close as it looks, I used a telephoto lens to take this photo.
OK, sorry, my jokes are getting worse with each new photo.. I'll quit now.
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