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Go the Distance – Work, Learn, Rest and Play in Yosemite Mariposa County

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Your office is at home. The classroom is now your kitchen table. Feeling cramped? Escape with the whole family to Yosemite National Park for inspired working and learning and relaxation that will recharge you daily. (Pictured: A cabin rental at the Redwoods In Yosemite.)

San Francisco’s largest private employer just announced its work from home scenario is set through August 2021.  Salesforce joins Google, Facebook and other business leaders who have extended working from home deep into next year. Heading down a similar path, California schools have adopted distance learning as the new standard.  While juggling remote work with distance learning is challenging for everyone in the family bubble, the option of working and learning from home has created interesting possibilities.

Enter Yosemite Mariposa County.  Creatively blending the new normal of work/study with quality outdoor adventure, natural beauty and authentic learning experiences, Mariposa County offers working parents the chance to swap their heels and wing-tips for waffle soles and “reboot” in an iconic national park paradise.  Mariposa County claims one of California’s lowest COVID-19 infection rates while at the same time possessing majestic landscapes, rich history and modern amenities. The result? Families can turn their base camp into a “base campus” with front-door access to quality outdoor recreation.

Educate From Anywhere

Tenaya Lodge’s Explorer Cabins offer space for the whole family to spread out, learn and work just minutes from Yosemite National Park and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

The new rules and logistics of “school” are placing an unprecedented burden of screen time on parents and kids alike.  Moving your “campus” to the Yosemite Mariposa region for a few days, a week or even a month can help balance digital with real life.

Imagine three hours of Zoom-style distance learning followed by a locally-sourced organic lunch, and an afternoon’s field trip hiking to Yosemite Falls.  Parent-teachers can even throw some math, geology, hydrodynamics, and poetry into the mix. Extra credit: Native American and Gold Rush history, botany, biology, animal tracking and birdwatching. Trailblazers get straight A’s, and just imagine the marvelous family team-building possibilities.

Properties like Autocamp Yosemite offer comfortable and chic amenities with great connectivity to inspire creativity in a beautiful environment.

Mariposa County has you covered with quality lodging options for your edutourism stay.  Vacation rentals, fully-featured hotels and resorts such as Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, and places like Autocamp, where glamping meets dependable Wi-Fi and offers a refreshing re-set.  Pro tip: your Yosemite National Park pass is valid for seven consecutive days – make the most of it!

Work from the Clouds

Life as we know it changed dramatically this year. Former ways of working, from the office meetings to client visits, conferences and conventions are being transformed, maybe for good, by the very real events happening around us.

Employees are evolving away from 9 to 5 cubicle life and into the cloud, fully supported by new company policies. Salesforce, for example, offers workers a stipend of $500 for office supplies while giving parents an extra six weeks of paid time off, not to mention indefinite work from home options in locations where schools are closed and students are learning remotely.

Could you work or study here for a whole week? (We already know the answer is yes.) Pictured: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.

For all its freedom, a home office can be confining and monotonous. But working in the cloud doesn’t have to be from a desktop (hint: Salesforce calls its remote work hub “Trailhead”)! Why not complete the ascent and actually work beneath the billowing cumulous of Mariposa County?  A change of scenery, even for a few days, will re-energize your bubble and lead to big gains in productivity and creativity.  And what’s even better? You’re already in vacationland.  Hop in the car, it’s a half-hour from Mariposa County’s historic gold rush towns, forests and rivers to Yosemite National Park.

Take Your Vacation Already!

Call it the 2020 standoff: companies want people to take vacation time, but with travel plans on hold due to the pandemic they’re hoarding days off. Workers have taken 25% to 30% fewer vacation days this year compared with normal years, a trend with implications not only for employee wellness, but also for employers who fear a year-end vacation crunch on the horizon.

The solution? Take advantage of the possibilities created by the brand-new normal and bubble up to the clean, clear air of Yosemite Mariposa.  Only three to four hours’ drive from S.F and L.A., Mariposa County is open and safe.  It’s a win-win during a time when we could all use a little less stress and a lot more bliss.

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