LODGE MASSAGE: It might be confusing to say that something in a national park has been spruced. If you're a tree person, the spruce, as in tree, might come to mind at reading that. But if you're an Ahwahnee person, and you've visited the grand Yosemite lodge in recent months, you know the word "sprucing" means one thing: The fixes and updates and re-wallpaperings and various updatings the historic hotel has been undergoing. And on Thursday, March 17, the hotel announced its reopening.
ALL SORTS OF SPRUCING: "Fire, life, and safety systems" got updated, as did some of the materials around the property; The Ahwahnee says some 1,700 yards of wool carpet went down, and things like high-definition televisions and "original artwork" went up. We mention the latter, lest you think the 1927 gem was losing its 1927ness. Read more on the what's new (and what's new but not) at the Yosemite landmark.
ONE MORE THING: At the start of this, we separated people into two groups: tree lovers and Ahwahnee fans. Of course they are one and the same. Sort of a mega, tree-and-lodge-loving supergroup, in fact.