In the early 80s a crew was doing some repairs or something in there. I was impressed that they had a break area in one of the turn-outs complete with VCR/ TV playing some cheezey movie no doubt. Fairly high tech for the time.
It was our family (kids) tradition to try to hold our breath while driving through the tunnel. It's pretty tough unless dad's breaking the speed limit! The echos and sounds possible in there are so cool; plus, being deliberate to go there late at night makes it a special place in many ways.
The tunnel, the Ahwahnee, sledding, Chinquapin and Lodge Lounge additions are not only cool, they fit here so well. The human history of Yosemite Valley is an immeasurable part of what is valuable today and forever. Nature will win over what is there today and was there yesterday, but the history of us and our friends will pass along unless we document it. Fondly, I recall those long rainy days drying out in the lounge listening to some acoustic guitar/singer and hearing all the stories of everyone else who were also constantly looking out those huge windows to the drippy, slushy valley. . . .
Notorious for thread drift himself, Mouse ponders the subject as he drives through the tunnel and hits the brakes just in time warp to switch the subject back to the present he got for Christmas in 1954, a Robbie Robot.