Monday, December 31, 2012

A Walk To Remember


The last thing you think you’re going to see while taking a walk through your neighborhood is a bear, right? Well yesterday Hubs and I decided we would take a stroll through the neighborhood and we hadn't even got around to the next block and then right there in front of us was a bear!




California Brown Bear like we saw
 
Now I've been around bears before while camping in the mountains, but they usually run away if you make a lot of noise, but this bugger was sitting in front of someone's yard gnawing on something (possibly food) and food and a bear is not a good combination. I didn't want to make any noise or quick movement, so I immediately turned around and headed in the other direction.  I kept looking behind my back to see if it was still there (or if it was coming after me) and Hubs just kept going past the bear on the opposite side of the street saying to me that it's okay, and to just keep walking.  Mind you, I'm on the side of the street where the bear is and he's about 20 feet in front of me!   
 
Well this bear was content where he/she was and I was now hailing down a car coming towards me. The driver saw the bear and then I asked if I could walk along the side of their car, opposite of the bear as they drove down the street until I got far away from it. They obliged and I finally reached my husband who had just continued past the bear without incident. Who agrees with me Hubs is crazy?  I'll tell you, it felt a lot better with a car between me and that bear!
 
Who wants to take a walk worrying if a bear is nearby? Not me! But it's a fact that we now live in the mountains and bears live here too! Unfortunately, they have learned about garbage cans and what's inside of them. Many folks have changed over to the bear proof trash cans which are really what's needed around here.
 
In the end our walk turned out to be very enjoyable, but from now on I need to walk with my head turning around like it's on a Lazy Susan, keeping an eye out for "Fluffy" as the driver of the car said that he/she is known as.

As I close this post today, I want to thank all my new and old blogger friends for following me at The Checkered Apple and also wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2013!

 

 

7 comments:

  1. Wow, what a walk to remember. It could have turned into a good run. : )
    Happy New Year,
    Deb@LakeGirlPains

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  2. Wow, that would have scared me to death! And it sounds like the neighborhood "knows" this bear. It must hang around because s/he is well-fed!

    Happy New Year! Be careful on your next walk!

    xo,
    RJ

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  3. So glad you and your husband are ok!

    Happy New Year!

    chris

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  4. Oh, wow! That is scary. I think your hubby is crazy, too. I know the other thing they say is to make your self look big buy using your arms and such. We live just down close to the mountains too. The bears come down every now and then, and that can be scary. Please be careful and very aware of your surroundings. Most of all, happy new year.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  5. I'm voting for your response to the bear and happy to hear you're both no worse for wear after your encounter! I've been away from blogging for a couple months and am catching up today. How surprised I am to read you've moved and are recuperating from surgery (I'm slightly familiar with it, think the surgery is quite miraculous, and hoping yours has been successful.) I'm also familiar with Lake Tahoe, having grown up in Squaw Valley, and am super envious you're living there! Wishing you the happiest of New Years!

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  6. Holy cow, now THAT'S something you don't see everyday!! And yes, I say hubs is crazy!! Happy New Year to you!!

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  7. Oh my word, we have had several incidents where bears here have attacked people, so I would definitely be like you, but I would have gotten in the car and asked them to please take me hom. Wow, don't want to tackle a bear. Thanks for the visit, I am your newest follower. Hugs, Marty

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