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Bear Bags and Construction Crews

When camping, it’s a common practice to consolidate all your food in a bag and suspend it overnight high up in a tree (preferably away from your campsite). You do this in part to keep the bears from stealing your food while you sleep.

Bear Bag (Photo by Flickmor)

This past week, construction has continued on the Charles Creek Bridge in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. With some amusement, Ryan and I noted a similar practice being employed. Each evening the crew consolidates their supplies and tools in a trailer. Then they hoist it high above the ground with a crane. Only this time, they are trying to thwart the human thieves. : )

Elizabeth City - Suspended Trailer (Close)
Bear Bag for People

June 14, 2010 at 5:00 am 2 comments

Penn and Vicky’s Bear

The last weekend in September was “Take a Child Outside Week” (and actually, I’m sorry to admit I did not know that week existed until one Ryan Somma alerted me).  Of course, I was traveling most of that week, but on the very last day, I took five-year Penn out for a quick hike in celebration.  I choose Poverty Creek as our destination and as we drove there, we saw a black bear running along Forest Service Road.

I was, of course, thrilled for Penn.  But I was also a little miffed.  It was my first LIVE bear that I have seen in the area and I have hiked tons and tons and tons of miles (I saw a dead one once on Potts Mountain).  Penn’s done a lot of hiking for his age, but no where near as much as me and he already gets to see a bear?!?!  No fair.  🙂

Anyway, now our bear sighting is included in the’s interactive “Black bears in the Roanoke and New River valleys” map:

Penn and Vicky’s Bear on the Map

We may only be the third most famous hikers in the world… but we’re slowly working on increasing our exposure.  🙂

December 11, 2007 at 12:00 pm 4 comments

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