Saturday, May 9, 2009

Black Bear Saturday

It's a beautiful spring day in Alaska, one of many we've had lately. I had mentioned yesterday that bear have been spotted on the back side of base, but nothing around here yet. Russ went out on his morning jog. When he came back to the house, he decided to check on Brandon. Brandon and his friends were playing at the park out behind our house. Russ snuck up on them to see if they would notice him, and of course, they didn't. He told the boys that they needed to be aware of their surroundings, because the park is right beside the woods, and bear are moving around lot this time of the year. He was on his way back into our house when he looked over in the woods and saw this fine gentleman. The bear saw Russ and took off up a tree. Now we have a standoff. He just wanted to get out of there, but he wasn't sure what Russ would do about it. Russ was standing between him and the kids, so he wouldn't run the wrong way.

Russ called out to me and Jess and we got to check him out, too. He was quite a good looking young man. He did not enjoy the attention, though, and just wanted to get back to the woods.
Pretty soon, he had his fill of admiration, climbed down from the tree and took off down the hill. I'm just glad that I got to see at least one more black bear before we leave Alaska. Now if I can just figure out where Bob has gone off to...

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