T.He pointed me to the greatness of the Valley of America’s Middle Eastern California almost every summer for decades. My husband, Richard, and I traveled from Maran County across the Central Valley, and along the rivers, surrounded by rivers, surrounded by rivers, and with our friends along the Tolumen River, to see the rivers. To be hanged, he turned, again, to the hills and down to the hills. Amazing Glacier Cut Granite of the Valley. I have found that this is a very suitable national park for someone who has difficulty in a wheelchair, scooter, or even walking.
For twenty-five years, until I was sixty-five, I camped annually with a large group of friends at the housekeeping camp in the Yosemite Valley, right by the river. While I was dating, Richard joined me. We started our stay at the Usmite Lodge in the Valley in 2012, as camping with a mostly paralyzed leg as a polio survivor was just as difficult as mine. Lodge costs twice as much as camping, but it’s great to have a bathroom, lots of electrical outlets, and a good mattress in your room. I get stuck in a communal toilet in the dark or my, Ahmad, Temporary arrangements in the tent, although I miss waking up near my friends and sharing a quiet cappa in the morning.
In 2012, I also started renting electric seat scooters in the valley at Lodge Bike Stand. Now I can smell pines and see butterflies and forest flies up close. One particular benefit is that Richard and I can go somewhere without a car, either on foot or on a motorcycle, since I’m certainly not a hiker.
During our 2014 Yosemite trip, I scrutinized the path from the housekeeping camp to the lodge on a paved road around Syria, where hiking and biking occasionally passed me by. One couple I passed by was walking hurriedly on the curb, not only looking like foreign veterans, but also a little nervous and dangerously close to the road. I tried to be careful with them but I decided to keep my own advice.
While tooling, accidentally enjoying the Odyssey scenery around me, I saw a small statue of a bear on my left clearing, which was not the case the following year. I thought it was weird that they put someone in this special place. . . When the statue turned its head and looked at me!
The most lively dark gray bear was six feet long, from nose to tail, and three or four feet long at each square. His head was one foot wide, including his ears. The size of a grizzly bear, but for decades the area has only had a bear population (and they can be brown or black). He (or she) wore a green collar worn by the park service, so he was clearly recognizable in those parts. Its area; Not too much for me, he was only twenty feet away from the road.
We stared at each other, our heads slowly moving, as I scouted past, and suddenly it seemed like the scooter wasn’t too fast. He took a step towards me, and as soon as I realized that sharing the ocular contact was the worst possible thing at the moment, I tore my eyes, adjusted the scooter at high speed – maybe some dangerous curve. Danger, frustration, its snarl and the way it rises – and I wondered what I would do if the bear was behind me.
Hmmm. . . Start ringing the horn, because all wild animals hate and are afraid of noise (although the horn was rather stupid, reminiscent of a clown’s essentials, and mostly not scary). Then I might throw my bag at him, even though he had my laptop in it (with all my writing on it; I back up my work, but sometimes I forget to do so). National Park Bears know that backpacks often contain food, and I thought that was the most interesting aspect of me: the bears are thinking about the time after sunset when they can eat unannounced. Checking for camps.
Please, oh please, not my laptop Big bear! I begged silently as I slipped, looking at my shoulder on every shoulder, until I became convinced that he was not following me. Now I understood why the couple was walking so close to the road. He wanted to get so much distance between himself and an apparent resentment without stepping into any other danger!
When I’m about a quarter of a mile away, I’m sure he’s not following me. The lumbar bear is easily heard from afar. When we camped in the housekeeping in the middle of the night, we often heard them a lot. My heart rate increased during the encounter, but it was too early for me to get too nervous or upset, or to decide if I was excited or not. The story of raising hair around the campfire that night!
Some of my friends at Eusemite have had closer and more direct competition with bears and no one has ever been attacked. Bears win, so it’s important to know how to deal with them. Normally, you would get away with this beast slowly, especially if it were a mama in bed, but I don’t have that option.
The next afternoon, I tapped a mammoth beer coaster in the lodge’s Mountain Room lounge, showing the head of a bear wall that looked exactly like my new sail. I have shown in my kitchen that to remind me of my good fortune, in looking at the bear and in its indifference, in following a small man on a strange, unknown little car.
The following year, I was determined to return to the lodge before evening. I found out that I was a little missing at the bear’s place and that I was scanning deeper into the forest daily in the area, hoping I would see it again.
Even if you are not preoccupied with a big scary bear, maybe a deer, a squirrel, or a marmot is waiting to meet you at Yosemite or many other incredible national and state parks in the United States, so make your reservation. !
Derived from No Spring Chicken: Wild Disability Stories and Tips on Elderly and Disabled by Franzine Fock Allen.