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Tue, July 22, 2014

Bear!

Maybe you've heard me relate the bear story on WHBY. If not, here it is:

On vacation a week or so ago, we were on a popular trail in Montana. We had just crossed a creek and I was walking just 10-12 yards ahead of my wife, Shelly, when she yells out "Dave, stop!"  I'm thinking it must be a deer or something else that won't tear my arm off...but no, she blurts out "bear", turns and takes off!  Yep, nothing but dust!  Her hat goes flying and she's not going back for it! 

So, there I am...and to retreat back down the trail, I have to go past where she saw this black bear.  I start fast-walking, which may not be the best way to get away from a bear, but it worked for me!  I fetched Shell's hat and continued trekking back down the trail.  I did not personally spot the bear, but she says there was NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!!   Claims it was about 20 yards to the left of the trail... So, we finish heading back, making sure to mention our spotting to all that were heading up the trail at the time.

Guess what we bought at the local hardware store the next day?  Yep, bear spray.  The nastiest, most foul stuff you could shoot at a bear short of a howitzer.  It's now my constant companion on hikes, even though I have heard that some people are attacked despite hitting the bear with this nasty spray.  If they're angry or hungry enough, nothing will stop them. 

Oh, didn't mention that that was 20 minutes into our very first hike of the vacation.  Imagine how our heads were on swivels for the rest of the week!!

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