Happy 2nd Anniversary, Rush Creek Lodge

The Yosemite-close property is throwing a pool party to celebrate.

MAKING A SPLASH... in the Sierra? There are so many lovely lakes and streams and H2O-drenched spots that beckon, especially when summer begins. You might be all about Bass Lake, or the Merced River, or another cool-down place, but the fact is this: Finding a refreshing bit of water among the firs is one of the pleasures of a Yosemite, or Yosemite-adjacent, getaway. There are, of course, swimming pools in the area, and a very pretty one belongs to Rush Creek Lodge, which just opened its doors in 2016. That means it is coming up on its big second birthday, on occasion that will flower, like some sweet mountain blossom, just days after the summer solstice. That day is Sunday, June 24, so make for the lodge for a...

2ND ANNIVERSARY POOL PARTY: As with any good pool party, there shall be games to enjoy, and treats like shaved ice, and other doings fit for a delightful Sunday afternoon. But that's not the only to-do popping up at the lodge, which is also the place to catch a line-up of summer concerts. Is the idea of hanging out and hearing tunes after a day hiking Yosemite Valley especially tempting? Eye all of the tuneful performances coming up.

AS FOR WHAT ELSE... is up at the lodge, which sits "...(j)ust a 1/2 mile from Yosemite's Highway 120 entrance"? Start here for the chance to soak in all of those woodland acres (there are 20) and, of course, one of the loveliest human-created swimming holes in the Yosemite-close neck of the woods.

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