SignEdge: Snakes Only!

Most of us have heard the phrase passive-aggressive. Well, I think the sign below is passive-assertive. My only concern is that there might be some who just don’t “get it.”


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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 105 (Be Aware When Hiking – Floods)

Merced River Walkway Happy Isles

Walkway along the Merced River in the Happy Isles Section of Yosemite

Keeping with yesterday’s theme about potential danger in our national parks, I want to explain another problem hikers and explorers may face during certain times; floods.

Storms are always a major concern when hiking. We were once making our way up Mount Humphries in Arizona which is the highest peak in the state. We were within 500 feet of the top and had been hiking for a long time with many switchbacks. As we took a break to eat our lunch at the saddle, it began to sleet and snow and rain. And if that wasn’t bad enough, lightening soon followed. We had no choice, but to begin our descent. We were exposed and it was risky either way, but staying on the mountain top was not a choice.

We always try to pay attention to the weather, but the potential of sudden storms and perhaps flash floods is a concern. Try to keep an “escape plan” in mind. Is there high ground nearby? If it gets cloudy and threatening, reassess where you are. Always select the safest option. He who turns and hikes away, lives to hike another day!

While visiting the Happy Isles section of Yosemite, we walked along the Merced River. The water was flowing quickly, but we knew that from our previous days.

Merced River Walkway Happy Isles

Did you happen to notice the kiosk across the river in the picture? There was a sign under the kiosk, but it was too small to see in the first picture (circled above).

This is a closeup of the sign

Merced River Walkway Happy Isles

This underscores the point…what seems like a relatively calm, placid, user-friendly place can become dangerous and some times rather quickly.

As Cheryl Strayed wrote in her book Wild, “The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.”

Stay vigilant my friends!

 
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Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 25 (Warning Signs)

Warning: Stay on the Trail

Don’t forget that National Parks are not zoos or arboretums and can be dangerous.

Every national park has warning signs to denote that although there are trails which are maintained and some amenities may be available, these areas are wild. They have animals, large rocks, crevices, etc. It is up to each individual to keep alert. The best advice I can give is “Don’t take chances.” If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it! This photo was taken near the beginning of the Four Mile Trail from Glacier Point.

NOTE – The sign indicates that there had been only four rescues up to this time in the year, but bear in mind that the picture was taken at the very beginning of their “busy season.”

 
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How Dangerous is Taking a Shower?

The question above, “How dangerous is taking a shower?”, seems almost laughable at first glance, but if you watch the video below, you will gain an understanding that risks are not always what they seem. As we live longer and longer, the odds become stacked against us and we must maintain our vigilance to avoid mishaps. The video below shows how scientist/author Jared Diamond learned this lesson from the tribes of Papua New Guinea.

If you want to read more about this, check out the post from Brain Pickings , Jared Diamond on the Root of Inequality and How the Mixed Blessings of “Civilization” Warped Our Relationship to Daily Risk, where I first encountered this concept and video.

The Risks of The Everyday – with Jared Diamond from The Royal Institution on Vimeo.

Below is the quote from the Vimeo website:

“Jared Diamond shares what he learnt about risk and everyday life from the tribes of Papua New Guinea. This was taken from a 2013 conversation, ‘The world until yesterday’. Watch the full discussion here: youtu.be/ceLuaf7low4

Pullitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond discusses how insights from the lifestyles of far-removed cultures can impact the way we think about our own lives. Is it worth worrying about the risk of everyday actions like falling in the shower or tripping on the street? Each time you do these things, the risk of mishap is low, but we do them every single day. Over time, does that mean these tiny risks accumulate to become almost inevitable?

This animation was produced by Andrew Khosravani, thanks to generous support from the Sfumato Foundation.”