A bear tracking we will go …

Bear Hunt

Mary and Joe Conger on the trail in Point Washington State Forest.

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

Sometimes during the long winter season, we tend to look for things to add excitement to what might otherwise be a gloomy day.

Such was the case last Sunday when I allowed myself to be talked into going on a 3-mile-plus hike on one of our many trails through the woods of Point Washington State Forest.

For those who know me, you might have noticed that I am pretty adventurous — but, hiking through a forest where there have been bear sightings would not be my cup of tea. In fact, I had been asked, encouraged and needled to take such a hike several times before, but always staunchly refused.

But, who wants to be thought of as a wimp?

"Ok," I finally said, agreeing to the trek. Surely I can do a 3-mile hike, right?

So, I donned a pair of jeans and sneakers and with great trepidation got in the car. When we arrived at the entrance to the Eastern Lake Trail Head, to my delight, I saw other cars in the parking area.


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