My husband has always had a goal to see a bear in the wild.
I remember hiking with him in Colorado when we were dating and he was determined to run into a bear on the trail.
I set different goals for my hikes. Ones that include getting exercise, seeing beautiful sights, and making it home alive.
As we hiked the Garden Wall trail in Glacier National Park a couple of months ago, he was certain that we’d encounter a bear. The park is even home to grizzlies, but he would have been happy to see a black bear. Any bear. The boy just wanted to see a bear.
That morning on our hike we noticed a lot of “bear signs” on the trail – large swaths or earth strewn across the path where a bear had probably been hunting for a morning snack. We even heard rocks tumbling down a cliff wall right above us that no small woodland creature could have stirred. We did what you’re supposed to do – make a lot of noise and had our bear spray handy.
But we didn’t see a bear. Not on the trail. Not in the car driving through the park. Not one bear.
This goal of my husband’s has perplexed me for years. To me a bear in the wild is a danger to avoid at all costs.
And then I saw this video. And it made sense. If to see a bear in the wild is to cuddle a bear in the wild, then I guess I can see the appeal.
Follow @LivingOnEarth for more amazing nature and travel photos & videos! Video: Man (Cemal Gülas) Plays with a Bear in Stream | #BestFriends This brave guy plays with a friendly bear at the bottom of a waterfall. They splash each other like they are the best of friends and ends in a real life bear hug. JunkinVideo YouTube Channel