Yosemite National Park
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Anyway next day after a decent nights sleep we went off to Bridalveil Falls after we went to the shop to get some drinks etc to rehydrate. We stopped off at a lookout over Half Dome and then drove up and parked there and walked up to the falls. They were really great but it took a little bit of scrambling to get right up to the top. It had like 2-3 layers with a falls then further up a plunge pool type thing with falls on top of that so it was really nice. We spent a bit of time chilling at the top and taking photos etc and then scrambled back down, rather precariously I might add, to get back to the car. We decided after the to go to the Inspiration Point Walk which was mentioned in the book.
Now this is where it got more interesting and quite scary. We parked up and took some photos from the car park across the valley with the massive rocks in the background with forest below
So we both walked back down and were always having a look around and then again even more concerned by any break in the branches. Blaise was bloody knackered too while I was doing a passable power walking impression so Blaise kept asking me to wait for hi. Plenty of fags and lack of exercise don't do much for hill walking. As we were walking back down we were just talking away and I was kind of waiting for Blaise then I looked up and saw this full blown bear munching in the this tree about 30 metres away or so. Now apparently you're suppose to make some noise to try and scare bears away and jump about and shout and all that business. You definitely don't run from them. But I didn't want to draw any attention to us at all and hoped he wouldn't really see us so I just said the immortal line of 'Fuck! That's a bear!' turned round and me and Blaise walked back up the hill as quickly as possible. To say that I was shitting myself is an understatement. I don't think I've ever been that scared in my life. I've been scared of stuff before but this was a real possibility we could have been in life threatening danger, with no one around really and if the bear did fancy it we would have no chance. We walked back up and tried to think of what to do. Seeing as there was now definitely a bear below us and potentially at least one bear above us we walked back up to the other path we had crossed earlier and decided to walk down this to try and get back onto the road. The sign said 2 miles so we knew we had to walk a fair bit to get out. This was another of the worst hours of my life. I was crapping myself every step just trying to take my mind off things as we walked even further into nowhere and above the road and into paths which didn't look like they had been walked down for many a year. There were fallen trees across the path at various intersections and I was just waiting for a moment when we would encounter another bear on the path and it would definitely see us
After this we still had some sights to see so we ventured up to Glacier Point to get some photos of Half Dome the big rock mountain for sunset and went back to the campsite to enjoy a well earned beer. Unfortunately we got back too late for the shop to be open so we had some crisps and about 2 beers and went to bed. Blaise left the tent open so we bloody froze all night aswell. What a day!
Next day we ventured off to Lake Isabella.....