#sol21 March 11 Mountains and Flowers and …

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The kids and I – we want to get away. We dream of a summer road trip.

We spend the morning looking at pictures online. Then we get out our National Park map book and the Road Trips book I recently bought.

I slide the iPad away and L laughs. “Way to put the computers away and use the books!” she says. Or something like that.

E opens to a random page in the atlas: Grand Teton National Park. We look it up int he Road Trip book, we open up the computer for more pictures.

The kids and I – we dream about the pictures we see. E has always dreamed of going to Arizona, or Wyoming.

“This will make me so happy.” E says

“Remember, ” I warn them all, “We are just brainstorming here. I don’t know what is possible.”

We look at cabins and towns and roads.

We like to plan road trips, and we like to dream while we look at pictures of mountains and lakes and fields of flowers and bears.

Wait.

While exploring the website, we decide to click on how to explore safely in “Bear Country.”

At first it’s fine. All good information: Don’t leave food out, make noise on the trail, stay away if the bear hasn’t noticed you, don’t climb trees.

But then there’s the section on If a bear charges you.

That’s when the kids are not so sure.

“I don’t know if I can follow all these safety protocols…” E says.

And then we get to the section that says “If you are attacked at night or if you feel you have been stalked and attacked as prey, fight back.”

So now bears are going to be stalking us?

“Well, we have bears around here. Bears are cute!” someone says.

And I stupidly say “Well, these are grizzlies though.”

So we look up picture of grizzly bears.

And some of them do really look like cute creatures, walking through fields.

Grizzly bear - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_bear

But, um.

Forestry worker in Terrace comes away from grizzly attack unscathed | CFNR  Network
https://images.app.goo.gl/LFg2mLSSfkKV46in7

Yes, we googled. Only 1 death by bear a year.

Yes, bear spray.

But… can we do it? Can we hike when bears might be around any corner?

The kids and I – we want to go on a trip and not get attacked by a bear.

4 thoughts on “#sol21 March 11 Mountains and Flowers and …

  1. Yes, yes yes! You can go hiking and not get attacked by a bear. The Grand Tetons are beautiful. I highly recommend Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park. We took our boys to Bryce and Zion as teenagers and it was an awesome experience. At Zion we did a river hike – no bears:)

  2. I read the book that was written about a bear attack in Glacier National Park and it scared the daylights out of me. I will not stay over night in a tent ever after reading that book.

  3. HA! Oh my goodness the photos and their placement had me laughing. I really hope you do this and absolutely do not get attacked by a bear but instead make some amazing memories.

  4. I watched a movie that involved bears that scared me way more than any other scary movie I’ve watched lol I don’t know what it is about bears but eek!! But on the other hand I have close friends that lived in Alaska for almost 2 years and saw grizzlies and never had problems so that’s good! Also! I love that you guys are doing all this brainstorming and planning- they say that planning a trip can actually create more “fun” in your brain than actually going on the trip can. (or maybe they just tell people that because of covid lol)

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