Want to visit Yosemite and staying in Oakhurst (I know its a long drive) over Thanksgiving- looking for recommendations of easy hikes for a good one day or possibly two day itinerary. Plan to do the Cooks Meadow/Lower Falls hike but that should only be a morning? Suggestions for an easy afternoon hike? It seems like Glacier Point is closed. Mariposa Grove doesn't have the shuttle so it entails 4 miles round trip before reaching the trailheads so we will skip that one.
Recs for good place to eat lunch? Or is it best to pack a lunch and picnic?
Shoes for easy hikes in late November, are sneakers okay or do we need hiking boots?
Lastly, its November and I assume mosquito repellent isn't needed but please correct me if I'm wrong.
Sorry for all the beginner questions, most of us have never been to Yosemite or haven't been in decades....