We left this morning to take a 6 mile hike to some waterfalls. We had to walk a mile to the trail head and had really just started the hike along a beautiful creek. We stopped to take a picture, turned around to walk again and ran into a very big black bear (yes he is brown in the picture, but the park rangers assure us that black bears are also brown and blond) about 20 feet from the path. So, we decided we did not want to see the water falls that badly and turned around. Of course, once out of imminent danger, Don had to go back and take a picture. He was waiting for the bear to lift his head, but Leslie kept saying to come on, so he was not happy with the picture. Her theory was if he lifted his head to again, and we were still there, he might feel threatened.
Later, we found out that we could have kept walking. The ranger said just to give them 10 feet or so. Our opinion….10 feet is a little close to be to a 450 – 500 pound bear. Although we decided that it is good to know that it is ok to walk by one in case we are coming back from a hike and need to get by to get back to the camper. We had an easy out this time since we had just started our hike. So, we decided to walk to the Lower Yosemite Falls instead (the rest of the pictures). From a certain part of the trail, you could see both the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls (picture 5). Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America. The total 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall qualifies Yosemite Falls as the sixth highest waterfall in the world.