Paul Vasquez aka Yosemite Bear, the guy who is famous for his epic joy over seeing a double rainbow in Yosemite National Park, gave an interview to Urlesque. He sounds like a pretty cool guy, actually:
“It wasn’t a big surprise to me,” he tells me. Before this video in January, Paul, also known as Hungry Bear and Yosemitebear, had uploaded over 250 videos of his life ten miles from Yosemite National Park, his stint as a cagefighter, his small business breeding Queensland Heeler puppies, the young visitors to his organic farm, and several rainbows in Yosemite. He wondered, he says, “When am I gonna go viral?”
Bear wasn’t high, by the way. It was just an intense experience. “You could feel the rays, like from the sun or from a heat lamp, only it was rainbow rays. It knocked me down. And that’s why I had that reaction! The camera only captures 40% of the color. You can’t imagine how intense it was.
“It looked like God’s eye looking at me. That’s why I had that reaction, why I said ‘What does this mean?’” It felt like a sign to Bear, who compares his farm to Noah’s Ark. (Paul raises chickens, turkeys hatched from wild eggs, breeds puppies, and cares for 25 fruit trees and three greenhouses.)
“When am I gonna go viral?” I’m used to hearing that from the makers of mediocre web shows. But I was glad to see that Bear has no agenda he’s pushing. He won’t even run ads on the video, though YouTube has offered the option. “I’m not opposed to making money, I just don’t want to degrade it or disrespect it,” he says. “This was given to me by the creator, and it’s a sacred thing, and you don’t mess up something just for money. I don’t have very much money – that’s probably why – but this is why these things come to me.”
You can read the rest of the article here. It’s cute. He and his family are adorable.
Here’s the part of the article that made laugh right aloud: