We went to Yosemite last weekend. It was a nice trip, but rather cold.
It was kinda scary driving in on 120. It was raining and hailing, and
the temperature dropped to 33F (0.5C). 120 is a windy, steep, narrow,
mountain road with sheer drops on one side. It’s not a road that I
want to be on, pulling a trailer, in the ice and snow.
The weather cleared in the valley. It was beautiful Saturday afternoon
and Sunday. We were going to stay another night, but the rangers told
us it would either continue raining or snow. We have a heater in the
tent-trailer, but that’s lousy weather for camping with a 2 year old.
Heck, it’s lousy weather for camping with a 37 year old.
There was a bear in the campgrounds both nights. I find it rather
frightening. I don’t want to get close to a bear, and I especially
don’t want Chunguita anywhere near a bear. The rangers came around and
warned us. I think the bear has been around for several days. They’d
set up a trap, but so far the bear hasn’t fallen for it.
I’m really glad we have the tent trailer instead of a tent. I would
not have been able to sleep in a tent. While the tent trailer would
not keep a bear out, it’s up off the ground. The bear isn’t going to
walk by right next to you.
The first night, right when I was trying to put Chunguita to sleep, the
bear came into the campgrounds (not our site). BANG, BANG, BANG.
BBBEEEAAARRR!!!! BANG, BANG, BANG. BBBEEEAAARRR!!!! It seemed like it
went on forever to me. Chunguita was able to fall asleep tho.
The second night, the bear came back earlier. It was dark, but people
were still up and around with campfires burning. The bear went into a
populated site with a fire and took the cooler. DH said the people
were stupid to have the cooler out after dark, but I wouldn’t have
given it a thought. After the bear left, I had to go potty. DH wanted
me to use the portapotty, but I had to poop. He said it was okay to
poop in the portapotty, but I didn’t want to. The hardest part is that
Chunguita wants to go to the potty with us. There was no way that she was
going out, but I went potty and came back with no problem. I had a
terrible time sleeping. I was worried that the bear would smell the
strawberries on Chunguita’s jacket and come into the trailer to get the
jacket. I didn’t want to go out and put the jacket in the bearsafe box
in the middle of the night, and I didn’t want DH to do it either. I
finally fell asleep when DH got up and crawled into bed with Chunguita.
Her bed is on the other side of the trailer with the door between us.
BANG, BANG, BANG. BBBEEEAAARRR!!!! BANG, BANG, BANG. BBBEEEAAARRR!!!!
I’m not going to forget that soon.