Onward and Upward Through the Rainforest
December 14, 2017
On the last morning of our stay at Knight Inlet Lodge in British Columbia, we climbed a small mountain to the top which was a part of the largest rain forest in North America.
The gentleman pictured here, was our guide on the uphill trek through the rain forest. His name is Dean - he was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the forest.
We hiked up the mountain for about 4 hours. Dean was in the lead of our little band. Behind Dean was Bill, then me, then Betty, then Mike. We were almost at the top of the mountain when I heard Mike whispering something that I couldn't understand. His wife Betty then whispered to me "tell Dean to stop" - I passed the whispered message to Bill, who passed it on to Dean. Dean stopped immediately, turned to the group and asked "What?" Mike, who was the last one on the trail pointed over his shoulder and said (very quietly) "BEAR". Dean heard, and responded.
Sure enough, there was a large Grizzly Bear following closely behind us on the trail - he/she was just about 5 feet behind Mike who was the last person in our single-file hiking party.
Dean took charge immediately. He quietly told us all to stand still and make no noise. As he stepped off the trail, he turned to me and then he pointed his finger at me, and said "Do not point your camera at the bear." I obeyed.
Dean then proceeded to step off the trail and to talk in a louder than normal (yet calm) voice to the bear. The bear aggressively came near us, but then veered away as Dean talked to it. Within seconds, the bear veered around us, and continued up towards the top of the mountain and decided to ignored us.
Whew! We were all relieved.
This photo was taken just as Dean turned around after he knew there was a Grizzly Bear following us.
“Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding – a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice. In its beleaguered condition, it is above all a symbol of what man is doing to the entire planet. If we can learn from these experiences, and learn rationally, both grizzly and man may have a chance to survive.” ~ Frank Craighead
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Have a brave day today my friends!