Bears . . . and what the heck was up with the pots and pans?

Thursday, September 1, 2011
If you're wondering what was up with my pots and pans comment to Andy in yesterday's post when he was fending off the black bear and I was groggily dispensing advice, let me explain.

We live less than a mile from the border of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In addition to our general proximity to the Boundary Waters, I also spent three seasons as a federal employee issuing permits to Boundary Waters visitors. Throw in another summer working at a canoe outfitters and basically, I spent four summers of my life listening to the user education video that each Boundary Water party must watch before embarking on an overnight camping trip.

And that sage advice about how to deal with bears, well, you'll have to get to about 7:55 mark into the flick to see where that came from.

In other notes, holy schnikes it's September 1st today! Hard to believe the majority of summer's behind us already, but there's plenty to do before we're ready to hole up for winter around here. There's pie social and sidewalk sale at work on Sunday, a Saturday night cookout and plenty of garden chores to keep me on my toes through Labor Day weekend. Safe travels to anyone taking an extended weekend!


  1. I knew this too, but how I am not sure... Twice, while camping, we've had a bear in our camp. Once chasing friends who were rafting, down a river as well. good times. :)

  2. hahaha- that reminds me of the parent trap, with the sticks to scare away the mountain lions :)

  3. The pots and pans comment actually made good sense when I read it in your post :)


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