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Saturday, April 2, 2011

B Is For...


Basil and Bears, how appropriate for this post. I once had an encounter with a black bear. Yes, it was nearly B is for Bradley, assaulted by Bears.

I had gone camping with my best friend Brenda, in Michigan, near the shores of Lake Superior. A place that had black bears, which she assured me did not bother people. "Ive been coming here for years, Mel, and I haven't had a problem." To be honest, I had not thought much about the creatures, but had really been more concerned with escaped mental patients wanting to wear my skin for a dress. I'm a horror film addict, after all. So I took her at her word and relaxed enough to enjoy being surrounded by trees.

One night, after dinner she said to me, "The Northern Lights are sometimes visible this far south, you should hike out to the beach and see if you can catch the show. I saw them here last year." Now, I had always wanted to see the Aurora Borealis, so I was all excited to go.

I shrugged into my jacket and casually asked if she was coming. She said no, citing exhaustion. I parked my butt right back on the bed. "Come on Mel," she chided. "It's just down the path. You'll regret it if you don't go." Regret is one word I hate and she knew it. So in spite of the visions of gruesome death dancing in my head, I ventured forth. Alone into the dark.

You know, it's amazing how a flashlight that had seemed so powerful in my shadowed bedroom when I tested the batteries, offered no more illumination than candle light out there among the trees. Jason Voorhees and his big machete were going to get me for sure. Then like a vision from above, there was the beach. And miracle of miracles...Other people. Pause for the hallelujah effect.

I sat down on a big rock to enjoy the show. It was spectacular and I forgot all about trees, scary killers and other horrors. It was like Nature's fireworks display just for me.

After the dazzling lights, I went back down the path, convinced my earlier fears were ridiculous. I had made it here, hadn't I? I could handle these woods, why I was now Trixie Trailblazer, camper extraordinaire. The feeling lasted, oh, about five minutes into my walk. Then a warm coppery, meaty smell hit me. I flashed my light around and saw bits of blood and fur on the ground to my left. A grunting and crashing came from the trees.

In two seconds flat, I went from girl power camper to terrified chubby chick to Olympic sprinter. I ran so fast I don't recall that my feet ever hit the ground. I hurdled a fallen tree like it was a Lego block. Red Bull may give you wings, but raw terror will for sure. When I got to our cabin, I wasn't even out of breath. And I got winded running down the block for the bus. Brenda lurched off the bed. "My God, what happened? You're transparent." "B-Bear," I choked out and sat down on the bed. I did not move for hours, frozen in horror. The next morning, I discovered bruises in rather odd places and I was sore as hell for two days.

I have never ventured into the woods again. I'd rather face a gang banger right here on my ghetto streets. I know how to handle them.

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63 comments:

  1. that must have been scary. On the plus side, good exercise. Good B story, doubt anyone else's going to have a bear attack story (although with 1000 entrants, yo never know).

    regards,
    Mood

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  2. Another great entry for the challenge. Never encountered a bear before but I hope it will never ever happen :)

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  3. where did you find these crazy illustrations, Melsy? :)

    I adore bears, especially pandas, koalas and the little red bears from Asia :)

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  4. Oh wow that must have been scary. I love how you wrote this piece. Well done. I could just see you hurdling over that fallen tree. Awesome post for today. I shared your bear story with my boys. They said, "She must be fast!!" Enjoy your day!

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  5. OMG!!!! Wow, that really is scary %~{

    My encounter was much different. We'd gone to Grandfather mountain. While in the gift shop, Mildred the Bear (just a little cub at the time) climbed into the back of our truck. My little sister and I (both of us quite young ourselves) wanted to take the great big 'puppy' home with us!

    Very entertaining post!

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  6. dude... DUDE!!!! what an experience!!!! i'm SO GLAD you made it out ok!!! yikes!

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  7. I like stuffed bears. Real ones not so much! Great illustrations

    stopping by from the a to z
    http://baygirl32.blogspot.com

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  8. Mood, it was some of the best exercise I've ever gotten. Don't think I'd care for repeat experience, though. LOL

    1000+ entries makes for some awesome reading experiences.

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  9. Thanks Jaccstev! Believe me I hope never to see a bear outside a digital screen again. :)

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  10. Jules, I never thought one of my most terrifying experiences would make an entry for a blogfest. Life is funny that way, though. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  11. Hiya Dez, sweetie. These wonderfully twisted illustrations are from Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies. It's the greatest abc book ever.

    I love koalas and pandas, too. I would not have minded encountering those guys in the dark of night. :)

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  12. Septembermom Hi Kelly! I'm happy you enjoyed my little tale and it makes me smile that you shared it with your boys. I'm only that fast when sufficiently frightened. :) You have a great day as well.

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  13. Hi Wordscrafter! I absolutely love your bear story. It's so adorable. I would have wanted to Mildred home as well.

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  14. Thanks Victoria! I'm so glad I can laugh about this story now.

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  15. Baygirl32 Hi there! Oh yeah, stuffed toy bears are the best ones. These Gorey illustrations are so cool, aren't they?

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  16. Nice post! Every time I hear about bears, I think of that classic Werner Herzog documentary, Grizzly Man. Fascinating.

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  17. Love this story - had me hooked from the beginning. So glad I found you thru the a-z challenge.
    Karen

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  18. Oh my gosh! Bear? Really? Great post. I look forward to reading more from you.

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  19. Bears are very scary indeed. Here in the north of Norway wr have polar bears. They may look cute but they are very dangerous and if you live up there you need to carry a gun. NOT kidding. Love your post, your writing and the wonderful illustrations.

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  20. *SHIVERING* I am terrified of bears. I am SO glad you're okay. Really.

    ♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

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  21. OMG. I don't think I'd like to run into a bear.

    Can't wait to read more of your posts!

    Ellie Garratt

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  22. Hi Matt! You know that doc was running through my m ind as I wrote this. Mine wasn't a grizzly, but in the dark it sure seemed like it could have been.

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  23. Hi Karen, so glad you you liked my tale and I'm happy you found me, too. :)

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  24. Hi Sylvia, I'm happy you enjoyed my tale of terror. :) Have a great weekend and I look forward to connecting with you again and again.

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  25. I had a close call with a black bear while camping in the N. Georgia mountains. It came milling around our camp site in the middle of the night. We blew a whistle and scared it away, but no one could sleep for the rest of the night.

    Happy A to Zippy,
    Lucy

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  26. Hi Siv, thank you so much for stopping by. I'm so happy you enjoyed my writing. The illustrations are from Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies.

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  27. Thanks Elizabeth. I'm so thankful to be able to tell this story. :)

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  28. Hi Ellie Glad you enjoyed this little tale of terror. No what will I do for C...

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  29. Oh!!! I just peed a little thinking of seeing a black bear!!! Glad you're okay!

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  30. I've had a couple of bear run ins. One destroyed a bird feeder I had. And then another day, I had a black bear walk right up my driveway one afternoon and eat my herb garden (including the basil). I very graciously decided to let him have it.


    M.J. Fifield
    My Pet Blog

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  31. Oh my, they say never run from a bear, but I guess they were interested in their kill more than you.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

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  32. How exotic that sounds - you were nearly assaulted by a bear. Grrrr. Great interesting post.

    Denise<3

    L'Aussie Travel A - Z Challenge Posts

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  33. An exciting story, I think in that situation I would echo the same.

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  34. Great story, I just hope you don't come across those Gang bangers for your G post! :)

    Wagging Tales - Blog for Writers

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  35. In two seconds flat, I went from girl power camper to terrified chubby chick to Olympic sprinter. Red Bull may give you wings, but raw terror will for sure.

    ROFLMAO!

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  36. What a great story!

    I'd have probably just had a heart attack right on the spot. :-)

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  37. I . would . have . PASSED OUT!
    Lol, that's a great story!
    I'm following your blog through the A to Z challenge.

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  38. Hi Candyland! Didn't mean to make you have an accident. I nearly peed myself at the time. :)

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  39. MJ, I would have let him have the herb garden, too.

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  40. Hi Lucy! Black bears just nose in like a killer pest. I'm glad everyone was okay. I didn't sleep that night either.

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  41. Nancy, I am so grateful that bear was interested in it's kill rather than trying to claim another. :)

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  42. Thanks, Denise. It does sound like a rather exotic way to go. I can only imagine what my epitaph would have read.

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  43. Hi Leovi! I'm glad you concur with my decision to run. :)

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  44. Hi Charmaine! Glad you liked my tale and don't worry, no gang bangers will feature in my G post. ;)

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  45. CR, hello! I'm so happy you liked my piece. I'm lucky I did not have a heart attack then I would have been assaulted by a bear for sure. :)

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  46. Hi Rachel! Aww, thanks for following me. I'm so glad you liked my story. Fortunately, terror puts my rear in gear. :)

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  47. I once saw a bear in the U.P. as a kid. Parents would send us to Camp Hiawatha. I took a friend one year. Our counselor took us to the dump at night to look at the bears. He'd shine his headlights and we could see them rummage for food. Very cool.

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  48. Yikes! I'm glad the bear left you alone though.

    :-)

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  49. Wow! I'm so glad you're all right. Those bears can be nasty!

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  50. Glad you got away. We don't have bears in these parts, but we do have cougar. Heard one, but haven't seen one yet. Mostly, gangsta cows. :)

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  51. It's good you survived your encounter with the bears!

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  52. Stephen, it sounds like you had one cool counselor.

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  53. Thanks, Misha. I still can't believe I got away and it's been more than a decade.

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  54. Aww thanks, Talli. It's wonder my hair did not turn white after that.

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  55. Hi MPax! Gangsta cows, I love it. :) Wow...cougars are amazing animals.

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  56. Thanks, Jeffrey! Hope the challenge is going well. :)

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  57. 'i would rather face a gang banger, I know how to hadnle them' oh my god Mel that line had me rolling on the floor!

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  58. So I got you on the floor laughing, eh? Good! ;) Nature and I avoid each other whenever possible now.

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  59. From girl power camper to Olympic sprinter LOL

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