What warning sign at Yosemite National Park is an ancient Smoke Signal?

The Chicago Tribune article in today’s news reminded me of a wisdom sign I saw when I hiked a trail at Yosemite National Park.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate the sign words to the core message of most of King Solomon’s proverbs.

King Solomon


1The proverbs* of Solomon, a the son of David,

king of Israel:

2That people may know wisdom and discipline,*

may understand intelligent sayings;

3May receive instruction in wise conduct,

in what is right, just and fair;

4That resourcefulness may be imparted to the naive,*

knowledge and discretion to the young.

What’s My Point?

Smoke signals were used in ancient times to convey messages or warnings.

Proverbs were another form of signals to convey warning messages in life.

Riddles were a game to instill thought to mysterious messages that baffle one to solve various mysteries in life.

In My Opinion.

There are many ways to help one choose wise paths as they hike various paths in life such as a warning signs for the naïve, wise, or foolish hikers.

The sign I encountered on a path overlooking a high waterfall at Yosemite read as follows.

“Danger. Do not enter the water. The current will take you over the falls and you will die.”

King Solomon’s proverbs list many other warning signs in life for the naïve that warn of death of both body and soul.

If Interested,

Read this link to the news article that reminded me of the choices  naive or fools will engage in based on medical science findings in our contemporary times.

This choice is no longer a riddle or a game in life, or a problem, mystery, enigma, or puzzle.

Rather it is a foolish choice or line one chooses to cross that will lead to death.

Here is the Link answer to the above riddle.


Excerpt – Riddle Noun Definition

Choose the Right Synonym for riddle

Noun (1)

MYSTERYPROBLEMENIGMARIDDLEPUZZLE mean something which baffles or perplexes. MYSTERY applies to what cannot be fully understood by reason or less strictly to whatever resists or defies explanation.  the mystery of the stone monoliths  PROBLEM applies to a question or difficulty calling for a solution or causing concern.  problems created by high technology  ENIGMA applies to utterance or behavior that is very difficult to interpret.  his suicide remains an enigma  RIDDLE suggests an enigma or problem involving paradox or apparent contradiction.  the riddle of the reclusive pop star  PUZZLE applies to an enigma or problem that challenges ingenuity for its solution.  the thief’s motives were a puzzle for the police 


Yosemite Water Safety


Proverb Source