Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No Lions, No Tigers . . . Just Bears

I'm usually pretty tired (okay, half asleep) during my easy early morning 3 milers, but this morning I got a big wakeup call. About a half mile from my house on the way back I saw a black bear come up from the river and cross the road. I pointed it out to Jim (who runs with his head down and never sees anything - kind of our standing joke) and he got super excited. We continued on and a truck pulled up to us. The driver told us to be careful because he saw another bear in a driveway just up the road. When we ran up to that house, we saw a HUGE black bear practically on these people's porch. We looked at each other and said, "Maybe we should run a little faster." I talked to my mom this morning and told her about our bear spotting. Her suggestion? To carry a tin pot and wooden spoon while we are running so we can make a lot of noise. Probably not going to happen.

Anyhow, Sophie and I are off tomorrow to southern Wisconsin to visit my grandparents for the long weekend. Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!

12 comments:

Running Through Life said...

Sounds like a dangerous neighborhood (lol)! You are much braver than I running under those conditions.

Have a great time in Southern WI, that's where I will be also. Have a great 4th.

HEATHER said...

hahahaha running with a tin pot and a spoon sounds like something my mother would suggest as well! Glad the bears didn't bother you! Have a great 4th of July weekend!

D10 said...

That is crazy! It would be a pretty funny site seeing people running with pots and pans. Have a great weekend.

aron said...

omgosh that is crazy!!! and scary eeeek! have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

I am terrified of bears! We had a mama and her cubs in our yard last year and it freaked me out! I talked to some nature guy who said to carry an air horn to scare them back into the woods if I see them. I actually went out and bought one. :)

Mama said...

They must be out in force! When we were driving up to MN from WI, we saw one as well.

Too bad I'm leaving So.WI tomorrow LOL. We could have met up.

MCM Mama

joyRuN said...

Yikes! A bear sighting would definitely wake me up.

Not sure about the pot & spoon on the run :) Sounds like a great picture waiting to be posted!

Marlene said...

Oh my gosh, that would have scared the crap out of me! Definitely would have gotten me moving faster!

The Happy Runner said...

ACK!!!

Have a great trip and weekend!

theloosemoose said...

Wow!!! Be careful, especially if she has cubs nearby. And no, I know nothing about wild animals, but I seem to recall this good advice from "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom". That was back in the day, well before "Animal Planet". I am old. And afraid of most wildlife.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Yikes! Not sure what I'd do! LOL Happy 4th!

M2Marathon said...

OMG that is hilarious! I feel a little wimpy now for getting frightened when I spot a coyote on the trail ahead of me (happened this morning, in fact, while with my running buddy who commented, "I think it's just a dog. But then I can't really see anything, I didn't put my contacts in this morning...") It was NOT a dog.

Maybe you can get the folks at Fuel Belt to make a nice tin-pot-and-spoon-bear-frightening attachment?