The Bear Necessities: Adventures in Working from Yosemite

August 5, 2016 Appirio

By Dave Dixon

A funny thing happened to me recently, so I thought I’d share… As many of my coworkers know, I’ve been working remotely. My family and I have been traveling the West in our recently renovated 1975 Airstream Argosy. (For more details on that, visit us here.)

We are currently staying just outside of Yosemite National Park. One of the great things about working remotely is that I can work anywhere I get a 4G signal. Cell coverage is awful just outside of the park, but great inside the of it in Yosemite Valley; like at my spot this morning right next to the beautiful Merced River in Yosemite:


I got there pretty early (my first call was at 6.30am local time) and I felt pretty clever for finding such an awesome space to work for the day. The views from the site were amazing. I felt pretty clever until about an hour into my calls, when I noticed something about 20 feet away…


It was a 250-pound black bear! I hadn’t noticed him because I was on my call. I then picked up my laptop and held my hands over my head to try and “look big” as I slowly backed away from the table. That’s when the bear climbed on the table, sniffed my backpack — which had my MiFi on top of it — and then turned around and walked off. There was literally bear slobber/snot on my MiFi. Seriously. No joke.

The views at Yosemite are amazing and it makes for a sweet temporary office, but I’m pretty sure this is the only time I’ve ever been in danger of being eaten while at the office. Needless to say, It was an adrenaline rush. The bear mostly seemed curious, which was fortunate for me, because he was so close before I noticed him that if he had wanted to have me for breakfast, he could have… easily.

Definitely making some memories on this trip!

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