Moments ago I just had my first encounter with a black bear.
Had just taken this picture
Heard some loud rustling to the left – sounds like one of the many deer I’d seen. Walked past the sound and looked back. The bear was staring at me. My plan regarding bears is to photograph one if the situation permits (didn’t happen here). He grunted a couple times ( he was about 20 feet away). I knew that he was sending me a message. All I could think about was finding a big tree to hide behind if he approached (also not part of the bear reaction plan book). After about 10 seconds he walked laterally (not exactly away from me) and I took my show on the road.
I was reminded of the advice/wisdom my brother Tim gave me as he dropped me off for this section of the trip- “Junco, remember this – Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face”. Mike Tyson may have had a point.
Maybe I’ll be more poised at my next bear encounter.