Alone On The Trail: On Backpacking, Confidence, And Bears


Little Black Bear Break-In, Plus Bear Facts

They have five toes, each with a well-developed claw.  The adults weigh between 100-350 pounds, and they are, well, as cute as teddy bears. Hello California black bears! Some say they are dangerous but aren’t all wild animals? In some areas, especially near, or in, the national parks and forests, they have been known to break into restaurants and houses, causing many upsets. I know it is inconvenient, to say the least, but, I must ask, isn’t this their forest and park?  Do humans not leave food and trash out to tempt them?...more
Thank you Jane!  I am happy to hear of your involvement in Defenders of Wildlife, the animals ...more

Running Into a Bear on Prospect Mountain in Lake George

When my Aunt Cynthia, who has been coming to the Adirondacks since she was a little girl, came to see my house for the first time, she joked about bears in my back yard coming to get her. I laughed it off, and told her there are no bears in Lake George. She tilted her head to the right, gave me a skeptical eye and said something to the effect of, “don’t be so sure.”...more
 @Michelle Maskaly In the mountains the bears are heavily populated so we always prepare for ...more

An Ode to Goats

 I'm sitting in my living room crying.  Feeling silly on the one hand, but totally justified on the other.You see, we got a couple of goats on April 3rd of this year....more

Sorry, Goldilocks Isn't Home Right Now

I'm minding my own business, walking through the living room when out of the corner of my eye I catch a glimpse through the window of something black.  "Hmm..", I think, "There is a strange dog in the yard".  I back up a step and take a second, longer look.  THAT is not a dog.  THAT IS A BEAR!    ...more
I hope bears don't like tomatoes or cucumbers!  And I guess I should check to see if he left me ...more

Skyline Drive

 Here's another experience dictated to me while in Romania, by Eduardo Moreno: “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.” -Proverbs 1:8...more

NaBloPoMo Day 4

I never expected to be "bear proofing" anything, and I just hope I don't have a backyard critter that is "smarter than the average bear."**these views do not reflect the physician group, hospital, nor any of the professional institutions nor associations with which I am affiliated....more

Up and Down the Holler

Green, Mountains, CarThe sun sets lower and lower in the sky.  Days are getting shorter now.  The evenings are nippy; a welcome respite after the dog days of August.  After Labor Day it cools off quickly here on Camden Mountain.  The spiders have finished their egg sacs and most birds have flown south.  The bears are fat and sleepy, full of fish and berries and forage.  ...more

I Cant "Bear" This Anymore - Call to Action

This is as bad as it gets. The California Department of Fish and Game thinks that we, the taxpayers, and interested citizens, can't see through their smokescreens or tell fool's gold from the real deal....more

House Divided

This is a follow up to my previous blog post about the upcoming NFC Championship game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.  I talked about how my packer fan husband and myself, a bears fan, have been living under one roof for 12 years and yesterday the rivalry was for all the marbles.  ...more