Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The road home

The drive back starts at 5am, hope to get home by mid-afternoon. The only hitch will be whether or not the Montana border guards will search the truck. One holds up his paw to stop the vehicle, the others come around and sniff for things like sandwiches and snacks.






I'll pick up a burger in Spokane and hope that get's me across.

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  1. Love the photo. Haved a safe trip.

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  2. Dang bears and their demands. :-)

    Pearl

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    1. Something about the fact they are 800 lbs and have 4 inch claws and long teeth seem to make them feel special.

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  3. I am kind of jealous that Montana still has grizzlies, and wolves. There is some apocrypha that wolves have come slumming here from Yellow Stone, but nothing DOW will admit too. Although, were such creatures roaming our fair wilderness, I might require different equipment just in case.

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    1. In terms of equipment it's sometimes bells, spray, a large caliber (anecdotal evidence suggest spray is more effective than a rifle, cause most people can't do the 20 foot charging griz shot).

      What I find is something I like: the awareness that when you go out there you're not at the top of the food chain, and you need to pay attention.

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    2. I think of that in context of the mountain lions. I know of at least one in my area. It's carried off a pit bull before.

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  4. I hope they sleep at night--off road. They would make a mighty thump.

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    1. Where do they sleep? Wherever they want.

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  5. Hey! Plenty of bear coup opportunities, Mike.

    (Or does that only count if you beard them in their dens?)

    Safe journey home. Do you miss them yet?

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  6. I do miss them already, I go through a couple days of withdrawl symptoms every time I leave.

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  7. Who knew boarder guards look suspiciously like bears? Man, I'd be terrified to pull over and be subjected to a search by these hairy beasties! Heh...

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    1. I just slow down and hurl the burger out the window.

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  8. Came back for another look at the border guards. That's a sow and her mostly grown cubs. I'd turn my vehicle around and fly like hell in the opposite direction. Mostly grown or not, one doesn't want to mess with Mama Bear when she's walking her cubs.

    Unless, of course, I was driving a Sherman. Then, I'd soldier on.

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    1. Got some gold stars, Martha.....it's a sow, her 1+ year old in front on the left, the sow in the middle left, and the two ones born in the spring in the back. Probably taken in Oct or Nov, just before winter.

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  9. Yes, hopefully you brought more than one hamburger. Maybe they're cheaper if you forgo the buns and condiments.

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    1. Oh my, you need to come and talk to them. These are discerning bears, able to tell if the pickles are kosher, if the ketchup is organic, and if the tomatoes were ones picked on the south slope of a northern california valley in May.....
      These are sophisticated bears, they might benefit from a visit by Crow....a drawing seems in order.

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