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Hiking, Beer and Flipflops

June 9, 2013


Today there were a few casualties up around the waterfall. My husband volunteered to man the kiosk so that picnickers could purchase their day permits. I cannot bear to listen to all of the gory details. I do know that after having lived here for just over a year, I feel as though there are far too many incidents. Big Falls attracts many hikers, families and others to get out in nature and see what is up and around the bend of the path. We have been there several times ourselves and the last time I was there I had no desire to go any further than the metal railing meant for people like me.. At the time it looked pretty treacherous.


According to what my husband heard  the injuries were serious. It was told to him that glass beer bottles were observed lying around and that there had been a serious cut due to falling on broken glass.

I know we can’t live in a protective bubble, but when I hear of injuries and all the many that have lost their lives in Yosemite, I can’t bite my tongue on this matter and I admonish summer thrill seekers to take heed to warnings, wear proper attire, no flip-flops…and if going on a lengthy hike make sure you have plenty of water and that family members are informed as to where you are.. and please no glass bottles.. what you pack in you pack out..

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2013 11:58 PM

    How tragic! Yes, people can be so clueless. In Wisconsin, we have people trying to get friendly with the black bears, and smaller wildlife which can be rabid.


  2. June 10, 2013 6:36 AM

    Here in our area, it’s the weekend boaters and especially the holiday boaters – folks who haven’t been on the water in months, or ever, and who combine their fishing or boating with too much beer, too few lifejackets and too little attention paid to the weather.

    Let’s put it this way – there’s a reason serious sailors, fishing guides and charter captains never take to the water on holiday weekends. We have a name for it: amateur hour. It’s more than that, of course, and part of my theory is that folks who live their lives staring into some electronic device or other can’t quite wrap their minds around the concept of “real world”. 😉


    • June 11, 2013 7:44 PM

      One of these hikers had a young child with him and witnessed the accident. I hope and pray that the father is ok..


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