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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Canada (01/29/09)

TITLE: Caught Trespassing
By Lucas Fyeld
02/05/09


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I was on my bicycle on a ninety mile long dead end road in Denali National Park, Alaska early one summer when I saw a grizzly bear on the road in front of me. It was early in the season and early in the day, and I didnít see any other people or vehicles anywhere. There werenít any trees more than ten feet tall or any buildings anywhere in sight. The bear was on the road in front of me, and I had to cross his path to get home. The bear was walking towards me, and I was under the impression that it could run faster than I could pedal on flat land, so I had very few options. I got off my bike, got out my camera, and waited. Iíve got a really entertaining image of my bike and the bear on the road, just before it turned off into the tundra. It was like it was giving me a warning for trespassing.
Iíve seen the southern and western borders of Canada. I crossed them both in the same day, once, actually. Driving with a friend from Alaska to Seattle Washington at the end of that summer. We drove straight through, with stops for fuel and health reasons. He drove while I slept, and I drove while he slept. We werenít really that close friends. We both wanted to be in Seattle at the end of the summer.
So although I went all the way down the road called ďThe AlcanĒ I didnít see all that much. We didnít take time to stop to see the sights. We were on a mission. Fifty two hours of driving, from Denali National Park to Seattle Washington. We did stop on a glacier somewhere east of Anchorage and thatís a good story, but it wasnít in Canada.
I remember seeing black bears on the side of the road at one point in Canada. We pulled over to watch them for a few minutes.
And then Seattle. Coincidentally, it was absolutely sunny the first two days I was there near the end of the summer. I wintered, and then went to Montana, where I had several more bear experiences, and where I learned about how incredibly stupid (pardon me, uninformed) people can be about bears. Working with raw meat, and then without washing, going out into the wilderness to hike, for example. Without telling you enough to be certain of saving your life if you are out in bear country, I will at least tell you this: Noise is good for you. If youíre noisy, then the bear will hear you early on and your level of security increases greatly.


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Joanne Sher 02/06/09
Sounds like something of an adventure! Thanks for sharing.
Karlene Jacobsen 02/06/09
I'd love to get pictures of a bear up close (safely). This sounds like an exhausting yet fun trip.
Catrina Bradley 02/11/09
I think I'd go mad if I drove 52 hours straight, but then I've never driven through Canada.