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Water and thunder and bears, oh my!

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Offline Hookim

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Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:32:52 AM »
Boy, do I have a story for y'all. Hiked up Pinnacles yesterday, leaving late per usual and against my best efforts, fully packed for two nights on the Rim. It was sweaty warm, then an ice cold downpour dropped the body temp quickly so a jacket was needed. A dry off, then another more significant rain while on Colima with thunder was a bit precarious due to the noticeable amount of charred, broken trees. As I turned onto the S. Rim trail, plain exhausted, I was in for such a wonderful surprise the likes of which I've never experienced out here... Water - and lots of it. A supple spring to my left as I rounded a hill. Rocks as waterfalls further up the trail, a rush through the gully below that I can still hear now, though I'm far on the other side, then the trail itself became a stream. Heavenly. I was renewed, as were all the plants, birds, and a GIANT white caterpillar crossing the trail ever so slowly (Alice in Wonderlandesque).

I hurried to set up camp as it was still thundering to the NW. Sorted through stuff for dinner, and though a hot meal was warranted, I didn't want to be caught cooking when a downpour rolled in so opted for packages. I meandered down the hill about 20 feet to sit on a rock and watch the sunset. A few minutes in, I heard something like a footstep, all the birds fluttered away, and I got a little suspicious. I was potentially expecting new friends I'd hiked with a bit to stop by on their way down, but figured they rerouted as it was dusk. I looked all around and saw nothing. There's no bear scat around my site, unlike Laguna Meadows Bear Congress, and I figured most were happily frolicking near water. A couple had seen a baby bear on Pinnacles as we crested, but I see bears all the time out here so I thought little of it.

I have some good smelling stuff (wipes and such), but hurried with it and got everything back in the bearbox before I meandered down the hill to feast. After I finished my olive pack, I wrapped it up nicely to put in my trash, juice included. Then I ripped open a bag of sun-dried tomatoes to add to my yet unopened siracha tuna pack. That's when I heard a loud voice at my tent. LOUD! Half "hi" half scream. Startled, I jumped up, thinking I had a guest, and I yelled "hello" forcefully, but admittedly I was nervous. Boy, did I have a visitor!! Not one, but two, maybe even three bears. The three bears - ha! Looked like juvis, about 75 lbs. Mischief!

I guess my package-opening had startled the nosy wreckers. I then remembered the ranger telling me to flatten my tent if I left camp, even to go down to the toilet. But, I could still see it when I went around the corner so I wasn't worried when I had left it. I yelled "haw" or something to that nature, repeatedly, grabbed all my items in case this was a ruse on their part to come behind me and eat my goodies. Olive juice ran down my leg as I waved my arms. The bears were so scared they ran up a little tree about five feet behind my tent, making worried little whines and murmurs. Gosh darn it if it wasn't the cutest thing ever. I felt guilty for scaring them so, but I wasn't about to lose my sleeping quarters in a stormy night at dusk. Nope.

After a minute, one climbed down, then back up. When I stilled, they left, stealthily without a peep or pad. And as I surveyed what, if anything, they'd done (nothing), I burst out laughing.

A stormy, windy, ursine night! Ahhh, Big Bend - always more to offer than hoped or planned!!

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Offline badknees

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 08:14:29 AM »
Interesting...

Enlighten me though, where were you camped?
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Offline mule ears

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 08:44:26 AM »
Great experience, thanks for telling it.

Sounds like SW3 BK
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline dprather

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2018, 09:07:13 AM »
WAY too cool!  Thanks for the story.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Flash

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2018, 09:16:54 AM »
Quite the tale indeed. The hike and the rain happened yesterday, but you went out for a two-nighter? Did you post from the Rim or end up coming back early? I guess I'm not quite following...

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Offline Talusman

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2018, 10:57:39 AM »
Hey Hookim, what fun! by yesterday do you mean the 18th? Screebird and I did the full Rim hike and went up Pinnacles. I photographed a young lady on the South Rim, was that you?

Glad you had a great time!
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Offline Hookim

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2018, 07:04:41 PM »
Hi, Everybody! I'm still up in SW 3. 18th-20th. Great signal! I'm sitting in my tent in the middle of a thunderstorm with light rain. I did not have my photo taken yesterday, so I guess that wasn't me Talusman. Sorry I missed you guys. I'll make this quick bc I am down to 17%, but will fill in more tomorrow on the way down. Btw, those bears did not mess with the crazy yelling lady's tent today. Ta ta for now!!

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Offline Hookim

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2018, 08:55:33 PM »
Madrone on Pinnacles overlooking Basin

Juniper Canyon

Sunrise

On the road near Panther Junction

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2018, 10:15:09 PM »
I especially like the shot of Juniper Canyon.  Everything looks so lush.

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Offline Hookim

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2018, 01:11:03 PM »
I especially like the shot of Juniper Canyon.  Everything looks so lush.
It was! Water in the park the likes of which I've never seen/heard. Just beautiful and fresh.

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Offline rocketman

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2018, 07:38:46 PM »
Hookim, you might be interested to know that photo submissions for our annual calendar are happening now. Just sayin...

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/from-the-administrator/2019-calendar-nominations/msg165421/#msg165421
Making ice cubes FROM THE SUN!!!

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Offline RichardM

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2018, 09:00:00 PM »
Hookim, you might be interested to know that photo submissions for our annual calendar are happening now. Just sayin...

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/from-the-administrator/2019-calendar-nominations/msg165421/#msg165421
So nominate 'em already! Don't make her do it!

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Offline Casa Grande

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2018, 05:53:22 AM »
Great story Hookim!  I'm not sure I've read a "live on the scene" story from the South Rim before.  Is this a first?!?

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Offline Hookim

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2018, 02:15:18 PM »
Hookim, you might be interested to know that photo submissions for our annual calendar are happening now. Just sayin...

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/from-the-administrator/2019-calendar-nominations/msg165421/#msg165421
I've been perusing all of the current submissions and the past calendars. They are some of the most beautiful shots I've seen of the area, and certainly none of mine can compare. I missed the "bears at the tent" shot (phone was put up). Huge lesson learned! I'll go through all of mine from August and years gone by and see what I've got, just for kicks. I am partial to that focused madrone shot overlooking the Basin.

So glad you've been putting this calendar together. I had no idea until now. Thank you!

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Offline Hookim

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Re: Water and thunder and bears, oh my!
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2018, 02:15:39 PM »
Hookim, you might be interested to know that photo submissions for our annual calendar are happening now. Just sayin...

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/from-the-administrator/2019-calendar-nominations/msg165421/#msg165421
So nominate 'em already! Don't make her do it!
Aw shucks, Richard. Thanks!

 


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