Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I brake for Bears / California, USA

We don't have any dangerous animals in Germany. Not a single one.
Here in the US you can stumble upon a bear just beside the road.

I was visiting the Grand Sequoia National Park and saw a few cars standing in the middle of the road. I stopped and realized that there are two bears in the nearby trees - a big one and a cub. Real bears!

Amazing to see the big clumsy animals climbing on small branches and to hear their noises.

First I was a bit reluctant to leave my car because in the end they were bears and not little kittens. But then I saw a family of heavily overweight tourists jumping out of their car and running around.
Because a clever bear probably prefers a bunch of 'super-size tourist burgers' to a 'skinny-European-snack' I decided to step out as well to shoot some photos - and I survived.

One of the smaller Sequoia trees. Compare it with the size of the house.

After all the very impressing trees in the park the bears were the topping on a spectacular day. Guys, your country is really beautiful.


  1. Soviel zu "Wenn du dich vor dem Bär retten willst, klettere auf den nächsten Baum!". Ich wünschte die Bäume hier in Island wären nur halb so hoch!

  2. Ummm, Udo? I know black bears are the least dangerous of all the bears, but from someone who lives near them, I would advise you NOT follow the tourists' example and perhaps stay far away next time. :-) Remind me to tell you sometime about the tourist that was nearly killed in Yellowstone when I was there a few years ago.... Happy SAFE travels Udo! :-)

  3. Hey ho muff, glad you are posting, means your fine, enjoy your last weeks, great adventure, becho, cel

  4. Mir hat man gesagt, wenn ein Bär kommt, soll man sich tot stellen.

    Save Travels!

  5. Well, my Ex told me once something very true: "I don't have to be faster than the bear, I just have to be faster than you..."