Last year my roommate and I took a trip to Yosemite National Park. This landmark is so big, it has its own city. Yosemite National Park is conveniently located in Yosemite, California, and I had a blast just looking at the park’s beautiful scenery.
Now all this beauty cannot be taken in within a day, so we decided to spend two nights in the wild. Where did we sleep? In a fancy hotel comprised of a community of tents in Curry Village. Curry Village is the perfect hotel for people who want to be surrounded by nature, yet protected from it. Being a city girl, I definitely fit this description since I have limited knowledge of how to deal with wild animals. And speaking of animals, there is one in particular that every tourist must be aware of: the all mighty bear.
Yes! Yosemite is home to the Grizzly bears. At first, I did not care about this piece of information because I perceived bears as large, but cute vegetarians. Boy was I wrong! Immediately when we entered Curry Village’s lobby, we got a taste of how frightening bears can be.
First of all, bears love human food. I guess there is truth to fiction after all. When I say this statement, I am mainly referring to Dreamwork’s movie Over the Hedge. In this movie, the bear named Vincent stocks up on every junk food imaginable before his winter hibernation. At Yosemite, I learned bears change their entire diets after they get a taste of a potato chip or a piece of candy. This is why they terrorize tents, cars, cabins, and coolers. They become addicted to human food.
So imagine my horror when I saw a statue of a bear in Curry Village’s lobby while watching footage of bears destroying tourists’ cars. I did not sleep a wink the first night. I keep thinking a bear is going to waltz in and bite my lips off because I have a minty smell on my breathe.
Of course, I had nothing to worry about. Curry Village scares off the bears with extremely loud gun shots. No! They don’t shoot the bears. They shoot in a safe location in the air. The sound scares off the bears, and it keeps the residents safe. I slept like a baby the next night.
Forget about the bears, my favorite part of the vacation is the hike in Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite was a fun experience, and I would love to go back. It’s beautiful, safe, and filled with exciting things to do. And when I return, I know the perfect place to spend the night.