update from the field

We accomplished a lot today. We ventured into North Carolina and rafted down some class three and class four rapids for about five miles. We saw some beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery, and some waterfalls. But that doesn’t matter.

Today, I finally got what I had been waiting for ever since I started deciding to have something to wait for. I saw not one, not two, not even three of these things. In fact, I saw six of them. Davy Crockett’s prey: the American black bear.

I couldn’t find any out west, but these guys were just ambling around in the valley, presumably searching for picnic baskets. First there was one solo bear, then three at once, then two more individual bears. All were pretty sweet, but none were mauling children or balancing on unicycles. Still, there was something undoubtedly moving about seeing the elusive creatures in their native habitat, free from the tyranny of hunters’ whims.

I just wish I could have stood between a mother and her cub, if only for one second, just to see that look on her face. You know the one.

4 thoughts on “update from the field

  1. I saw a bear once. It was about 30 feet from the road and there were about 15 cars parked with people getting out to take pictures. Then some jackass started honking his horn to get the thing’s attention and it jumped over the log it was grubbing on and when it came near the
    license plate said fresh and had a dice in the mirror.
    If anything, I could say that this cab was rare
    But I thought now forget it! Yo, home to bel-air!

  2. That’s an amazing story. It’s actually quite similar to what happened with most bears we saw, minus the Fresh Prince part.

    This one time a car stopped in the middle of the road and everyone got out of it, and there was a huge line of traffic while the guy went and took pictures to his heart’s content. Everyone started honking but the bear didn’t seem to care that much. When the guy walked back to his car, he flipped off everyone behind him. Pretty sweet.

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