Aug 24, 2008

BEAR WITH ME

Port Renfrew, British Columbia – A gun cracks through the mist.

"Only one reason to shoot in town," I think, frozen alongside the main road. "Garbage bear. And I bet it's gonna burst out of the bushes right – THERE!"

Ten feet in front of me, the understory erupts. A black bear, buttful of buckshot, legs it for deeper forest cover.

Fifty miles of wilderness and I encounter megafauna on tarmac. Figures.

8 comments:

  1. Petra6:23 PM

    Castleman cool!

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  2. are you sure it wasn't one of the monsters that stalked you the day before?

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  3. Petra: I planned an escape route into the cab of a logging truck, had the bear bolted back my way. That's probably cool demerit points, though, eh?

    DB: spoken like a true Canadian! What type of animal does it take to impress you stone-cold northerners anyway?

    Sascha: I was probably being stalked by a clumsy squirrel or something the day before, whereas this was a living, breathing, scared-$hitless bear.

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  4. I dunno, maybe a capybara?

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  5. No shame there: even the fearless Scooby cowered before the Monster of Mexico...

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  6. I am shocked to learn that Casey Kasem, at the age of 102, is still the voice of Shaggy. Now that is impressive.

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  7. And how!

    Article, DB, ARTICLE!

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