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Monday, August 20, 2007

 

Huckleberries



Here's my son, picking huckleberries in the wilds of North Idaho.

Just after taking this picture I stepped forward to join him and nearly stepped in the one thing you don't want to see around huckleberry bushes -- fresh bear poop.

That certainly raised the hairs on the back of my neck. I'd pick some berries, look all around, pick some more, then look around again. Finally, I started singing "Eating The Bear" by Joan Armatrading...

"Some days the bear will eat you, some days you eat the bear"

I'm quite sure that my off-key wailing scared away every creature within a mile of our little patch of huckleberries.


4 Comments:

Blogger Hann said...

Oh no Phil, reading this even made the hairs on my neck stand up. For us not use to bears in the woods it certainly sounds scary, do they/will they attack or are the easily scared off?
Yikes! Because I mean it's not as if you are on top of their food chain like our lions in Africa that will go "hmmmm lunch!"

7:48 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Singing is definitely the best bear repellent there is! Hope you got a ton of huckleberries to enjoy and freeze. There's nothing better than surprising the family with huckleberry pancakes halfway through January!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hann, I'm told that bears are scared off by noisy people, so we were very noisy.

Katrina, our huckleberries disappeared quickly... Into jam and ice cream sauce.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Hann said...

Good tip for when I'm ever in the Bear Bush!

8:23 PM  

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