Jay loves loves loves the outdoors. Especially hiking and fishing. So he talked me into going to the Uintahs with him. I am always a little nervous, because he is like a mountain goat. He likes to go off the trails, and straight up the mountain. I reminded him I am a 55 year old Old woman not a mountain goat.
The night before we left, we had Sunday dinner, and Derek our son-in-law told us about Bear sightings. The next morning we stopped at Wangsgards to get supplies ~ treats for me!
Our friend Phil who owns the store, told us about more bear sightings. Jay reassured me in all his visits to the Uintahs, he had never seen a bear. Was I nervous? Very!
Well, 45 minutes into our hike, we stop for Jay to tie his shoe. And we hear a growl, that echoed through the mountains. I froze and so did Jay. Then he growled again even louder. I know what pure terror is now! We didn't know where it was, and I thought I was going to be his lunch. After standing frozen for about 15 minutes, Jay started yelling and banging a stick. Apparently, your suppose to do this to warn the bear your coming. We continued our hike and every chance I got I banged a tree and yelled. I had Jay's binoculars and I was sure I spotted a bear a million times. It was usually a stump, a tree or just my imagination.
We hiked into the primitive area and were the only ones on the mountain, with the bear!
It was a beautiful day, and the beauty of the area words cannot describe.
Crystal clear water and waterfalls!
In his element
Me - proof I was there!
We hiked down this waterfall to a lake. I started to panic thinking to get out I was going to hike back up it, but there as a trail around it. I told you Jay is a mountain goat - he would rather go down the waterfall than walk the trail.
Is was a fun, beautiful day even though we heard a bear.
Hiking out, I had to go to the bathroom, and I was terrified to go. I thought a bear would get me. I waited as long as I could, and kept asking how much longer. Jay kept saying around the corner. After 10 corners and no car, I finally went. I turned the corner and there was the car and a bathroom.