In April 2019, about 380,000 people visited Yosemite. This month, due to the Coronavirus, only a skeleton staff of about 200 people remains in the park.
Not surprisingly, the park's wildlife is less reticent about openly roaming throughout its eponymous valley. It makes one wonder about what they're thinking - what happened to all those people?
The coronavirus is a scary thing, and it's tough for most of us to shelter in place while "essential workers" face additional risks to keep our hospitals running, our grocery stores open and our garbage collected. It's hard to find a silver lining, as we wait to learn more about the dangers of the virus and how we will live for the next year or more until there's a vaccine.
Still, it's nice to imagine wildlife having free reign in Yosemite Valley. Bear, coyotes, bobcats, deer, ravens etc. wander about, foraging and hunting, without the throngs of human visitors.
As much as we love Yosemite Valley, it is often overcrowded. Some of us are lucky to be able to visit during the off-season and/or mid-week. Sometimes we just go elsewhere. Sometimes we might endure the crowds and congestion because the lure is simply too strong or we want to share an experience with friends and family