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South Rim overnight

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Offline DuneYeti

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South Rim overnight
« on: October 26, 2016, 08:49:45 AM »
   Oct 14th, fog was really thick and the basin sign said full.  Now I've seen that sign several times but have always been able to find a spot and it was only about 3pm so I took a chance.  The temp was 47 with lots of fog, the wife thought someone must surely be cold and will pack up and leave, I told her that campers were pretty hardy folk and I didn't think anyone who drove all the way out here was going to leave because of a little fog and cold temps, I was right, not a single spot and some of those people looked half froze.
   We rolled into the village and spent a windy night, got up to the basin at about 8am and site 54 was empty and waiting just for us.  Vegetation was thick and the whole park was really green as already noted by others on here.
   I have never seen the window trail with running water in it so that was really special.
   Monday about noon we got our permit for SE1 and headed out.  Weather was perfect and boot spring was running like a faucet, didn't time it but got a gallon in like a min.
   Always wanted to watch the sunrise from there.
   On the way down just past the LM1 campsite I was strolling along chatting with the wife when I noticed she got kinda quiet, I turned around and she was about 10 yards back pointing at something and mouthing the word BEAR, sure enough not 10 feet off the trail on the left was a bear munching on something and not ten feet from him was another larger one doing the same thing.       
   Wife was carrying a DSLR so she got some nicer pics but I got these with my little Fuji.  We snapped off a few pics and with bear spray in hand we inched past them down the trail.  They looked up and watched us between mouthfuls but showed absolutely no interest in us at all.  This was the first time I have ever carried bear spray in BB, it was for a hike in the Great Smokey Mountains, saw bears there also, and I just kinda got use to carrying it.
   Ran into a ranger coming up the trail sometime later and reported our "sighting" she was aware of the bears and was going to check out the situation.  Guess we know how that turned out as we read about the closures on our way to GUMO.
   Awesome trip all the way around can't wait to go back, not sure how I'm going to stand this office till spring.

   
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Offline RichardM

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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2016, 10:46:35 AM »
That's a healthy looking bear! Looking forward to more pics.

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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2016, 11:13:29 AM »
   Yes, they were quit healthy wife even called them fluffy looking.  I'll have to snag her hard drive and get some more pics.  There isn't much she likes more then hiking and taking pictures guess I'm kinda lucky.
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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2016, 11:23:19 AM »
DuneYeti,

Could you see what exactly the bears were chowing down on?  :eusa_think:  They look to be hoovering the ground! :)

Thanks,

Flash

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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2016, 12:52:05 PM »
DuneYeti,

Could you see what exactly the bears were chowing down on?  :eusa_think:  They look to be hoovering the ground! :)

Thanks,

Flash
   They were definitely hovering over some plant matter, there was lots of it and they were eating like it was the last meal they were going to get.  They would look up at us when they were chewing but only for a moment and it was back down for another mouthful.
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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2016, 09:08:11 PM »
can you post your wife's bear pics ?

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Offline DuneYeti

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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2016, 06:45:36 AM »
can you post your wife's bear pics ?
I'm working on it.
Guess I'm going to be forced to learn how to re-size pictures, her pics are huge.
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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2016, 08:39:25 AM »
Sure can see a long way up there.
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Re: South Rim overnight
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2016, 07:07:58 AM »
   I realize resizing pics is probably common knowledge to the rest of the free world but thanks to the free websites that perform this service, in exchange for countless ads and popups, it's pretty painless.
   Here are a few of the water that was flowing thru the window.
   Can't do much better with the bear pics I found, the buggers wouldn't hold there head up and pose for us, guess that's a trick only zoo bears know.
   Honestly it never occurred to me to investigate what they were feeding on it just looked like grass to me and I kick myself for not getting a video as we were walking by them on the way down.  All the resources we had and that was the best we could do, yha not exactly naturalist material but it was still fun and that's what we do it for.
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