My dad and I were having dinner with a couple of friends Susie and Jane Tuesday night talking about all of the recent bear sightings in the Highlands, North Carolina area. Having been to dad’s mountain house many years, I’d never had the opportunity of seeing one in person. That changed the next morning!
I had backed dad’s SUV down the driveway to load the car when I turned around and walking about 15 feet behind me sniffing around the garage was a black bear! I briskly walked to the back of the SUV, got in and closed the hatch. Then I yelled for my dad who was in the house. “DAD!! DAD!!!! There’s a bear!” Asking him to take a picture I quickly remembered that my cell phone was in my back pocket. In my adrenaline filled state I snapped a picture but then said “I’ll shoot video!”
So I got my bear sighting–up close and personal! It was a nice way to say goodbye to our mountain home after years of vacationing there. Needless to say though, I was “bear-anoid” for an hour after that as I loaded the car, looking around for him to pop out again.