....the ponderings and wanderings of a Marble pastor's wife.
Friday, October 18, 2013
there was the bear......I had deliberated on which trail to take my
yellow lab, Starbuck yesterday. I wanted to hike to Lost Creek and have a
picnic but it was a little off the beaten track. My other option was a
road that we call Ski Lodge Road because someone tried to build a ski
resort off that road in the 70s. It never made it into a resort. Jon was
not at home and so no one would miss us if we did not return. So I
chose the more traveled Ski Lodge Road. It should be the safest trek.
I had been taking photos of bear prints up there for about three weeks
but was not concerned because the road should not be the typical place
to see a bear during that time of day, right? After all I had not seen
the bear since seeing the prints. Well, this was my sound reasoning.
So Starbuck and I were on the way back home and had made it down to the
curves and the aspen grove. Starbuck had been sniffing the air and
acting as if she smelled something different. However she is always
alert on that road because of all the deer and elk. But then I saw it
and stopped dead in my tracks. Just below us standing up on its hind
feet was a black bear right in the open, right in front of an aspen. It
was between me and my way home. Suddenly Starbuck spotted it. She began
barking like a wild thing. I was clinging to her leash (thankfully on a
short lead) to keep her from getting away from me or dragging me toward
the bear. Her barking got the bear's attention and it dropped on all
fours and ran into the trees. Because it was running away from us I was
able to appreciate its beauty. Only one little problem. The bear ran in
the trees in the direction we had to go to get to the Bob Marley jeep (my
Well, since I am writing this you know we made it safely
back. However I made the rest of our journey looking to the right and
to the left and up because bears can climb trees! In last year's
tradition of naming the bears I saw, I named this bear as well. I called
it JB (Joy's Bear) because my friend, Joy lives on Ski Lodge Road. It is
my hope that JB escapes the hunters who are out en masse! Praise God
for watching over us as we walked on the "safer" trail!