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Back up slowly..

We I reviewed the basic guidelines and off we went. Little did we know that we’d have to actually put those into use.

The silence of the trail was quite profound as we set out along the lake path. No birds or squirrels checking us out. Deep in the trees and shade and with only glimpses of blue sky here and there the moss grows densely.

One steep hairpin turn later we emerged into the sunlight. First a chipmunk chattered as it hid and then a trio of birds fluttered up the hill side tree by tree. A cheeky squirrel sat and watched us as we meandered by.

The ascent was worth the view and the red chairs were the bonus reward. We sat and basked in the sunlight, shared a snack and refueled with water.

Refreshed we set off down the trail as it opened into a large glade. Suddenly my man, walking behind me, said stop. In the kind of tone that you instantly listen to. So I did.

In a very quiet voice he pointed out the momma bear and her cub just off the path up ahead. As he spoke she raised her head and looked at us. She continued to eat which we took as a good sign but we weren’t sticking around to make sure she didn’t change her mind. I quickly took a few pictures and then we  backed up the hill until we felt it was safe to turn around.

I literally just did a point and shoot and somehow most of the colour wiped out

Good thing we talked about back up with a black beer and play dead with a grizzly. He also said, as we climbed up a steep hill away from the bear, to run down the hill but in this case that would have sent us right past the bear! Good thing it wasn’t to run up the hill because I didn’t have the legs for that.

After we found the alternative route I was extremely cautious as there was now just a ridge between us and her. I was certain bears could walk faster than us but maybe not cubs. A couple of kilometers later I was feeling somewhat more relaxed.

For the rest of the walk we saw a lot more people than wildlife. We did see a deer and some interesting birds but thankfully no more bears. We felt the odds were in our favour. Once in a day was enough.

9 kms later we enjoyed lunch, a cold beer, sunshine and a lovely view from our deck. We capped that off with a hot tub and some time at the fire pit before Ron cooked a stellar supper.

It was a bearable day for sure. Bad pun? Wonder what we will see on tomorrow’s hike.

Bernie

Ps we are being ultra careful given the risks of Covid 19 and are eating in. Very little contact with other people except for outside.

PPS there were more pictures but technical issues and I really just want to hit post. Maybe once home I will do a roundup of awesome pictures I didn’t get to include.

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11 thoughts on “Back up slowly..

  1. Glad you are enjoying your 40th in a special way! Love the water/mountain picture! What lake is it?

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    1. I thought about you and how you could paint that water mountain scene. I also thought you might just comment about the bear scene! The lake in the photo is Pyramid, one over from Patricia where we are staying. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have more pictures coming if I can get them to upload. Last night’s sunset was inspired!

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  2. What an incredible encounter, Bernie.
    You made me wonder how fast a bear cub can run. I tried to Google it, but Dr. Google let me down. He did, however, leave me with this fact: “About 70 percent of human deaths from grizzly bears are from mothers defending cubs, but black bear mothers have not been known to kill anyone in defense of cubs.” Good thing it was a momma black bear that you saw! 😀
    Great post!

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    1. I also wondered how fast they could move! We were very careful to depart correctly. It seems she wasn’t in a hurry to go anywhere as yesterday she was on the edge of that same opening and visible by cars. More on that later. Thanks for the info. Our plan is always to avoid bears and stay safe. From that and Covid of course.

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    1. Glad Ron spotted it when he did as one more turn in the trail put us 15 feet from it. I look down a lot when we hike as I don’t want to trip. I stop every few steps and stare around so as I was in the lead it would have been a few more steps before I saw it. Glad we saw it captured it on camera and walked safely backwards away. It’s beautiful out here but chilly! Lots of snow overnight. Take care Allan. Oh and it’s darn easy to socially distance here at Patricia Lake Bungalows. Thanks for the great tip about this place. Bernie

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    1. Deb. It was a perfect first day! We knew it was going to be the only nice weather day so we took full advantage of it. Eating lunch outside yesterday was not near as comfy sitting on a small rock in a snow bank in the snow squall! But the view was amazing.

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  3. Whether they are climbing trees, digging snow dens or devouring salmon, bears are always watchable. I couldn’t stop looking at your last photo, Bernie! The beauty of the Canadian wilderness has a way of capturing my heart! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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