This bridge is on the Old Donner Pass Highway . It has a spectacular view of
Donner Lake and Donner Pass on Route 80.
A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge ( Old Hwy 40 at Donner Summit ,
Truckee ) in September 2007 when two cars also crossing the bridge scared
the bear into jumping over the edge of the bridge. Somehow the bear caught
the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety. Authorities decided that
nothing could be done to help that Saturday night so they returned Sunday morning
to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.
After securing a net under the bridge the bear was tranquilized, fell
into the net, lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net.
There is a moral to this story you know; this old bear made a wrong move and
found he was hanging by his nails. Somehow he was able to pull himself up
onto the ledge where he saw he was in a very bad, impossible situation and
what did he do? Yep, he took a nap and sure enough the situation took care
of itself while he was asleep.
The moral is that when confronted with a bad situation sometimes the best
solution is to take a nap…