It appears that there are quite a few bears in this part of the country, although I have yet to see one, I have seen bear tracks and bear scat. One responsibility of the AT hiker is to maintain a campsite that does not attract bears. At the end of each day, I place all scented items in a waterproof bag and hang it from a tree as described below:
I met a fellow at my parent’s place in NC. He had hiked the southern Appalachian trail in 1969 and described the shelter scene in those days as much less tidy, with open garbage piles and regular bear visits.
It seems like we’ve made some progress since those days.
Although I wouldn’t mind seeing a bear from a distance, if I don’t see one, that would be just fine…
A few more flowers: