As we were walking along the river, Jason spotted a bear browsing a little meadow off to our right. Now I'd seen a bear in Yosemite Valley before—there was one napping in a tree in Curry Village surrounded by onlookers. But this time it was different. This bear was just moseying about, looking for food, scratching his head, and sitting down to dine a bit. I think we were the only people who had spotted him. I was able to observe him under natural conditions. He looked at us a few times, but browsing the meadow for food was more interesting, I guess. That's always a good thing, honestly.
I was really excited to see this bear under such circumstances. I really hope that this season will be the one that brings a bear sighting in the wilderness on one of our backpacking trips.
Later on we found a nice spot and watched Yosemite Falls for a while. They're pretty full and will only get bigger from this point until they peter out a bit in the hotter months. It was a pleasant hike, and it reminds me that I don't always have to travel for miles into the backcountry to observe the life cycles and activities of nature's amazing flora and fauna as the seasons change from one to another.