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Entered on: August 21, 2004 12:00 AM by The Bone
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Bear that almost ate me!

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From: The Bone Entered on: August 21, 2004 10:40 PM
Well the Muffin and I are back from our trip to Alaska. It was incredible. We spent the first day in Anchorage and did a 40 mile bike ride around the city. The scenery was spectacular and the weather was perfect. The highlight of the Tour d'Anchorage were the encounters with moose. The first encounter was with a mama moose and her babys. Didn't wan't to get as close as we did. She was a big mother f'er. The second encounter was with another big ass male pretty much blocking out only route. Muffin was scared and I got to tell you it was pretty intimidating skirting by less than 20 ft from such a big ass wild creature.  
On the second day, we drove down to Seward. Again, perfect weather. We stopped along the way to check out a glacier and to hike a sweet trail along a creek with Sockeye Salmon running. After the moose encounter the day before, I was a little nervous about a more formidable creature - the bear. Luckiliy we ran into no bears that day. When we arrived in Seward, we checked in to an Army run lodge and campground. We roughed it in a yurt (basically a little wooden teepee. It was cool though. We had the campfire thing going on.  
The next day we went on a kayak adventure. Not much to note except a couple of seals jumping around and some more incredible scenery.  
Day three was the highlight. We went up to a place called Exit Glacier. The glacier itself was sweet but the best part was the 6 hr hike up the mountain. The scenery was so sweet I almost couldn't take it. Along the trail though I was nervous because of the fresh bear turds we encountered. We were told never to surprise a bear but the trail was hard to see around so we had to make a bunch of noise as we walked up. Towards the end the brush backed off yielding open fields of wildflowers. Finally we reached the to and the scene consisted of arctic blue glacier on one side and jagged mountain on the other, with fields of wildflowers and vegetation between the two. It was breathtaking. Finally it's time to go so Muffin and I start down the trail. Not 10 minutes into it I come over a hump and spot a black bear with 2 cubs less than 30 ft away heading straight up the trail towards me. Now it's really dangerous to surprise a bear, but 10 times more dangerous to suprise a bear with cubs. I quick duck below the little hump of dirt and tell Muffin to head back up the trail. We quickly manuever off the trail and up on the side of the mountain. We snapped a few pics as the bears made their way past. It was so cool. One of the neatest things I've ever seen. So after, the bears are out of site, we tell each other how thankful we were that it didn't happen a little lower down the mountain where the trail is so restrictive, we wouldn't have been able to manuever anywhere. So We start walking down the trail when we run into a guy that says there is a big male on the part of the trail that you can manuever in. Great. The rest of the hike, I'm shitting myself, waiting to get mauled at the next turn. Again, we made it down unscathed.  
Day 5, we went on a couple small hikes and rented a small boat to fart around the bay and attempt to fich. Caught squat despite it being one of the best places to fish in the world. Silver Salmon, were litteraly jumping arout of the water all around me.  
On the last day, we drove up to Anchorage again, and stopped at a wildlife refuge where the take in injured animals. The had several bears, moose, reindeer, musk ox, and other animals indigenous. Not bad for 3 bucks. The rest of the day, we drove around to scenic lookouts and farted around in Anchorage before our flight at midnight. We only got to see a small part of Alaska so we are going to have to go back again. It's truly an amazing place. The End.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: August 21, 2004 10:58 PM
Bears like Zagnut bars.
From: Ross Entered on: August 22, 2004 11:09 AM
Bone, that's super-sweet. If only you could have earned a scar or something from a bear fight, that would rank as a nice medal.
From: The Bone Entered on: August 22, 2004 12:05 PM
Well, I got a scar from trying to jump up onto a boulder, sliding off and busting my ass in retard fashion. Does that count?  
Muffin just developed the pics from her camera and there's a really sweet one with me in the foreground and the bears in the background, with momma bear staring at me from about 50 ft away - looking pissed.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: August 22, 2004 3:54 PM
I stared eye to eye with a big racoon the other night. About 2 foot away. Only the glass sliders kept me from gettin' the rough raccoon style treatment.  
Ok. I'm afraid I can't compete with the Bone's and Fatty's wild adventures. Lately, I've been making frequent trips to Fruitbasket Flowerland: Hardly the stuff to gloat about in a manly fashion.  
"Wave ya hands up in the air, y'all, for Home Depot and Flowerland!"
From: John Entered on: August 22, 2004 7:02 PM
The Bone also told me that a hunter got mauled by a bear the day they were leaving. He mentioned something about the guy being half scalped and getting an eye torn out of the socket. That's gotta leave a nice scar that would rank as a gold metal.  
I then told the Bone a funny story about a dog on Animal Planet I saw the other day. A sheriff rescued two guard rottweilers that were abandoned at a warehouse. He noosed both of them but the male took exception to this. Later the sheriff explained that the male rottweiler seemed a little agitated and went in the pen to pet and sooth him. The dog attacked his ass and fucked his arm up real good. I was thinking what a dumb ass for going in there with a large male rott in the first place.  
Later in the show that same rott had become friendly with one of their dog handlers. He was outside petting him when that same sheriff came up and said he seemed a bit more calm now. The handler ageed and said he seems quite friendly now. The dumb ass sheriff goes to pet him and gets full on attacked. The dog knocked him to the ground and kicked his ass real good. He had deep bite marks up and down his arm. Before it happened I turned to Melissa and said, " wouldn't it be funny if he got attacked again" and sure enough he did.  
After the attack the sheriff layed on the ground whimpering in pain. They showed his arm and it was really fucked up. I didn't feel all that bad for him though. If I got bit once you could best be sure I wouldn't go in for a second show.

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