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Traveling to Yosemite on Highway 120

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on July 9, 2017 06:33

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The trip on Highway 120 to Yosemite can be a real adventure.

On our way to Yosemite, traveling on Highway 120 from Yosemite Junction, we saw many wild animals from the highway: deer, raccoon, rabbits, a bear and her cub, a skunk, squirrels, bald eagles, etc. When we stopped at Chinese Camp for a rest, we saw squirrels running around gathering acorn nuts, and a sleeping skunk. We did not stay long at Chinese Camp. Going around curves, we had to cut down our speed as it seemed like there were deer eating close to the highway around every curve. 

Traveling next to the Tuolumne River and past Moccasin Creek Fish Hatchery, where Rainbow Trout are raised for placing in California’s streams and lakes, we saw an American Bald Eagle diving towards the river, hitting the water, and coming back up with a fish. Behind the eagle there was another eagle that did the same thing, but came up empty of fish; both eagles flew away and disappeared into the distance.

Near Yosemite’s check station, we pulled over to rest and use the bathroom. While we were sitting in the car, we watched a mother bear and her cub trying to open a bear-proof garbage can. After trying several times, she succeeded, and she and her cub took a walk into the forest and disappeared.

There are many strange, and I mean strange, things happening in this world and while in Yosemite we saw a remarkable one: a bear driving a sports convertible down the road, or so it looked like. While driving towards the park’s meadow, a bear driving a small sports convertible shot past us and continued down the road around a curve. After we rounded the curve, we could see that the car crashed into some trees and there was no one around. A few second later, a park ranger drove up, looked at us and start laughing, and said, “A strange show, wasn't it, a bear driving a car!”

After talking to the park ranger, we found out what happened. The convertible was parked alongside the road. A bear saw the convertible, smelled food coming from the front seat and climbed in to find it. While inside and searching for food, the bear hit the hand break. Since the car was not in gear, it started to roll down the hill. Meanwhile, the bear grabbed the steering wheel. When it passed, it looked like the bear was driving the car.

As you can see, using Highway 120 to Yosemite was not a boring trip. The next time you decide to go to Yosemite, maybe you should try Highway 120 and have an enjoyable adventure, too.

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on July 9, 2017 06:33

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