Have you heard of Sundance, Utah? It’s a ski-resorting, mountain-biking, nature-enjoying type of place and my grandma owns a cabin up there nestled in the trees. Every year, I look forward to our turn to travel up there and enjoy the beauty and quiet of the surrounding area.
One of my favorite hikes is to Stewart Falls. It’s a quick hike through a little meadow and up a short hill to the bottom of a two-tiered waterfall. It’s absolutely gorgeous in the early summer and fall.
Well, yesterday, I hiked up there with my sister, who is visiting from out of town, our children, and a few neices. The hike up was beautiful, but dry (where’s all our water this year?!), and the hike down was uneventful until a certain amount of crashing through the bushes on our right drew our attention and my sister asked, “Is that a bear?!” And Yes! It was a bear! A HUGE black bear about twenty to thirty feet away from us on the other side of a small stream lumbering through the trees and brush! AHH!
The first thing that came to mind was, “Don’t run. Make a lot of noise.” So I started talking unnaturally loudly as we moved on. Luckily, the bear just seemed to ignore us and we made it out without a problem. (And so did the four older kids who had gone on too far ahead of us – breaking my hiking rule of always staying within sight of mom. GRRR!) I stopped shaking after I caught sight of the kids in front of us and we seemed to be far enough away from the bear.
That was the first time I have seen a bear while hiking in the wilderness. It was my sister’s second! I don’t really hope to have a second sighting…
Have a terrific Thursday!
**Photos are from a trip to Stewart Falls last year. I didn’t have my phone with me this time, but I don’t think I would have stopped to take pictures of the bear anyway.**