I was tired, sore and hungry when I pulled into Yosemite Bug a few hours after finishing the Shadow of the Giants 50K. The drive to Middlepine – “The pride of Mariposa,” population 900 – was absolutely beautiful. The state highways and country roads wound west through small mountain towns and occasionally offered views of the pine-covered valley to the south.
Yosemite Bug’s “rustic mountain resort” is a collection of cabins surrounding a café and spa community area. I wasn’t expecting much when I pulled up in front of the small office, just a real bed to sleep in after a long race and a bunk bed the night before.
I had reserved a private room with a private bath for $105 (rates range from $75 to $35), though there are also more basic accommodations for less: private rooms with shared bathrooms for $65 to $85, tent cabins for $35 to $55, and hostel-style dorms for $23 ($20 for Hostelling International members) with shared bathrooms and access to a hostel kitchen. There’s also guesthouse that can sleep up to 8 people for $205 to $255 per night ($10 for each extra guest).