Double Rainbow Meltdown
A YouTube sensation reveals that green is his favorite color of the rainbow.
In January of 2010, a YouTube user calling himself Hungrybear9562 posted a video on his channel of a "full-on double rainbow" that appeared outside his home near Yosemite National Park. Over 37 million views later, it's become one of the most talked-about viral videos ever posted on the Web. What
made it so popular was not the rainbow itself, but videographer Paul “Yosemite Bear”
Vasquez’s orgasmic, overly dramatic reaction.
He laughed, he cried, he screamed, he even questioned the meaning
of its existence. The “Double Rainbow Guy” (as he came to be known) became an Internet sensation—covered by major media outlets, featured on shows like Tosh.O and even the subject of an AutoTune song. But then, like the rainbow itself, he seemed to disappear as quickly as he came.
Then, on June 4 of this year, Vasquez (“Bear” to his friends) posted a video in which he made a direct shout-out to High Times, claiming that he was going to be “the next Bob Marley or something,” saying he had information and photos that would “blow our minds,” and asking us to get in touch with him. After watching more of his videos and determining that he was a harmless hippie who loved nature and regularly hosts travelers on his couch, I contacted Bear on Twitter and invited him to our San Francisco Medical Cannabis Cup later that month. I even made plans to
drive out to his place a few days before the event to interview him and get a personal tour of Yosemite—but when the week of the Cup arrived, those plans were thwarted by a huge forest Are that forced evacuations all around his area. Bear, however, ignored
the evacuation order: With a view of the blaze from his front yard, he stayed instead to shoot video of it, which he then submitted to CNN’s iReport. Soon, CNN and Fox News were interviewing him about the Are, thrusting him once again into the media spotlight.
Bear walked into the Craneway Pavil-
ion on Saturday afternoon sporting a tie-dyed rainbow bandana and two hiking poles. I greeted him cheerfully at the door and acted as his tour guide through the expo. As we made our way across the
medicating area, he revealed his “mindblowing” secret to me: It seems the small tent seen at the bottom of that notorious double rainbow in the video was actually a greenhouse full of cannabis. Turns out that the Double Rainbow Guy is not only a pothead, but a grower as well! Oh, and appearances to the contrary, Bear assures me that he was not high on anything during his emotional rainbow reaction.
When Bear returned to the expo on Sunday, I invited him to present one of the Cannabis Cups onstage during the awards show that evening. He enthusiastically agreed—but unfortunately, when the time came, Bear was nowhere to be found. It wasn’t until I returned to New York that I learned why: Apparently, he’d eaten a highly medicated candy someone gave him and had a major meltdown, as evidenced by the post-Cup podcast he posted on his YouTube page, in which he blows chunks out the car window—and
all over his beard—during his ride home (something tells me that video won’t be nearly as popular).
Nevertheless, it was a blast meeting such an inimitable Internet icon, and I look forward to hopefully blazing up with Bear again somewhere under the rainbow. %r
See Bobby's interview with Bearat hightimes.comd doubIerainbov~