The Sundial Bridge is supposed to be a bit of an architectural marvel as it was created by the world-renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrave. Although I do not follow architecture much, I do appreciate a beautiful creation - and especially one that is sensitive to the environment around it.
I was hoping to make it to Yosemite before nightfall, so I had to tear myself away and hit the road - well after quickly checking the internet and getting some groceries. The sun fell when I still had a couple hours to go, so I stopped at a hostel in Groveland - not too far from one of the entrances to the park. I plan on getting up early tomorrow morning to get a full day of.... snowshoeing perhaps... and just checking out the sights. The town here seems to be really cute - very small, with old style saloons and hotels. I say seems to be because it is really too dark to tell, but I did take a short stroll through the town. I saw no other people... this is definitely the off season!
One last thing of note - and what a note! The guy who checked me into the hostel had made a fresh batch of cookies and gave me one! Delicious the kindness of strangers.