A bear tracking we will go …

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

"Should we sing loudly to warn the bear that we are approaching?" I asked.

"Sure," said my wise-guy companion, we should sing "Teddy Bear's Picnic."

But no one began singing, and my new female friend informed me that if we did encounter a bear, it would take me first because they sense fear.


Since I was obviously going to get no comfort from this group of jokers, I resorted to praying as I walked from my chosen spot behind the others, scanning the horizon for patches of black fur.

As the time past, I eventually began to settle down.

Three miles proved to be longer than I had anticipated. I do that distance on the gym's bike pretty easily, but somehow, the 3 miles in rough terrain was a different story.

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