Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn, my God, do you learn.

-C.S. Lewis

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Too Close For Comfort

Our daugher decided to go for a walk about 8:30 last night and headed for the local track. Although it was dark, the 1/4 mile track is well lit. She had walked a short distance when she noticed a large dog walking out of the woods. As it got closer she realized it was not a dog but a big black bear! Thankfully she was fairly close to her parked car and being a smart wise young woman, started to slowly and carefully back away from the approaching bear. She made it to the car safely and watched as the bear walked on up the track, cut across the field and headed into the woods. I had to comment as she told her story that I certainly would have lost weight if I had that experience because it would have scared the !*#+ out of me. We had a good laugh about it and know it's just one of the wonderful reasons to live in the moutains.

Click on the link below for a picture and story about one of our most famous bears. The picture was taken from the same spot I photographed the mountains last Monday, but this bear eludes all but the best photographers.



Kat said...

That is cool, the bear shadow! It doesn't take much to entertain us nature lovers, does it? Thanks for the education.

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

I'll never forget the Algonquin Park rangers giving their talk about making yourself look big if you saw a bear and shouting "GO BEAR GO"! And of course don't run (yeah right ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Lynn! You all have had a "beary" busy season up your way, haven't you? No more bear sighting here, seems like they're quiet -- but I have to wonder where that mama bear and he three cubs (spotted here a few weeks ago) are right about now.

It rained in the flatlands here all day too and it is pouring down right now. I hope it clears up soon.

Hopefully those yellow jackets will be gone soon. I've had two nests here for the last two years -- I'm sick of them. I'm sure that one or two has tried to invade this hive of mine in the last few weeks. I think my girls can take them though.

Cliff W said...
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Cliff W said...

Jeez! Hi Barabara. How old is your daughter? Your bear stories are really great and are being retold in the homes of our friends and family here in Ireland. More please ;)

PhilipH said...

Doesn't bear thinking about! Oops, sorry - not funny.

Good job your girl is so sensible and came to no harm.

Lynn said...

Hi everybody. After my stressful experience today with my bees, I might wish to see a bear in the garden. No, seriously, as much fun as they are to see from a safe distance, I don't want to jinx my beehives.

My daughter is 34. I got married when I was baby! (Wink, wink.) She really did the right thing by reacting so calmly. I'm not sure I would have behaved in such a manner. Not sure where she gets her good sense.

Cliff W said...

Hi Lynn - apologies for calling you Barbara. I'd been reading her blog just before and my proof-reading wasn't up to speed. Ironically, as I write there is a programme on the TV about folk in Minnesota helping the bears and to assist people to overcome their fears.

vicree said...

That little child...34? Can it be? It seems only a moment since the phone rang and I heard the announcement of her birth. Now, she is a quick-thinking adult who escapes bears when out for an evening walk. Well, I know there was only one (at least in sight) but the plural makes for a better story!

Now a question...When a sighting happens is it reported to the powers that be?

Lynn said...

Bear sightings are so common and frequent here, it's mostly just taken for granted. Melanie has seen at least a dozen this summer. The only time it's probably reported is when tourists do something foolish and try to feed them and then get in trouble. Locals know to leave them alone and not encourage.

I have tons of pictures taken by the father-in-law up the hill. Will post from time-to-time.