Re: Backpacking trip
Ronald W. Fox (us018956@POP3.INTERRAMP.COM)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 21:07:57 PDT
--- On Mon, 12 Aug 1996 18:24:21 -0400 Peter Farnham
>I'm also very excited to report that I saw a black bear in the back
>country--this is very rare, although you see them frequently around the
>family campgrounds (they learn to raid the trashcans and picnic tables).
>I was walking on the Beecher Ridge trail, about a half mile from the
>Matthews Arm trail, and came upon this black bear browsing in a small
>clearing about 50 feet off the trail. I stopped and watched him for
>about a minute. I was upwind and with the noise from the rain and wind,
>he didn't hear me. FLinally, I tapped a rock with my walking stick, he
>looked around and saw me, and took off running into the bushes.
>This was definitely ;the high point of my trip! I've only seen a bear in
>the back country one other time, and that was only for a fleeting
>second. How I wish I had a camera with me! I was in awe at the sight of
>this magnificent creature. Isn't it interesting that a creature with so
>many fearsome weapons--size and strength, speed, claws, teeth--is as
>timid as a gopher, and will run at the mere sight of you?
>Anyways, I suppose this post will offend a couple of you who would
>consider it off topic (based on some of the mail I've read recently),
Pete, this topic is more on topic than half of the posts on here.
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