Close Encounter of the Bear Kind
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 21
We drove from Livingston, Montana, south through Gardiner, Montana, into Yellowstone. It took nearly two hours to drive the 56 miles from Gardiner to our camp at Fishing Bridge Campground. We registered at the campground and drove in to our site. Unfortunately, the site was very difficult to back our 29 foot trailer into because the trees were so close. All the people at the campground were very helpful and they quickly assigned us a new site which we had no trouble backing into.
We set up the trailer and my husband decided he was tired and wanted to lay down for a bit. I said I would take the dogs for a walk and headed out to the campground office looking for a lighter since the one in the trailer didn't work. They didn't have one for sale and recommended I go to the general store just a short walk down a nearby trail. The girls and I headed down that way and I found a lighter in that store, along with a bottle of wine and a travel wine glass.
On our return to the registration area, we met a couple from Florida who thought my "Scotties" were really cute. So I told them they were Westies and the story about why they are white. Just then the man said, "There's a bear!" Sure enough about 100 feet ahead of us on a campground cross street was a large black bear just meandering along. I thought "Oh, no, I need to protect the dogs!" Thankfully, they did not bark! And the bear was gone.
Talk about a close encounter!!! Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me.