My First Bear Sighting!! I’ve Met Yogi Berra, Now I’ve Met Yogi Bear!

BY Lisa Friedman

It FINALLY happened – I FINALLY saw My First Bear in Vermont!!!!!!!  It was around 7:30 last night. My neighbor about a half mile away texted me and said “Be Careful if you are out walking Sadie, I just saw a big black bear”.  Most normal people would rush back home and go inside to be safe.  What do I do? I rush back home, ditch the dog, grab the camera and sprinted as fast as I could through the woods looking for ‘my bear’.

I came upon him with the biggest smile on my face.  I’d finally found My Bear.  But I was too far away for a good photo.  Stealth.  I belly crawled for about a hundred feet keeping close to the treeline hoping that he wouldn’t see me and run off (or decide to eat me).  My heart was racing in my chest.  I was shaking from the adrenaline rush. I literally couldn’t stop shaking as I was so scared and so excited at the same time!

I just couldn’t get a good angle for photos from my position.  I was about seventy feet away now.  Seeming as seeing a bear in Vermont was on my list of the Top 100 Things I Want to do Before I Die – even if I might die doing it, I took a calculated risk, stood up, walked out into the open and starting photographing Mr. Bear.  He glanced over at me, then decided to climb his tree.  Was he trying to hide?  He didn’t do a very good job 🙂  I was so THRILLED to get these few photos – my heart racing the entire time.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a bigger smile on my face.  To see a bear out in nature like that was just my Ultimate.

SAY CHEESE!!!

Let me see – if I climb this tree, maybe the lady over there with the camera won’t see me if I hide.

This picture was taken without zooming in the camera – this is how close I was!

Time to play on top of the tree for a while.  I like the way it sways!

Time to go give a bear hug to the photographer!

Funny, my neighbor thought she was warning me about the bear, then I go out of my way to try and find it!  She is telling everyone that ‘Lisa treed a bear’  🙂   Ah, the thrill of a lifetime.

No Guts, No Glory!

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