Saturday, April 23, 2005

Big, Brown Bear

Today we went on another one of our mind-blowing cardio rides on the North Shore mountains. We had magnificent sunshine and crisp, fresh mountain air. As it was somewhat early, we nearly had the trails to ourselves...an added bonus.

Being the only lady in the group, I had my work cut out for me trying to keep up with the big boys. I worked my arse off blazing some 26 odd kilometres at top speed, grunting through the climbs and grinning like a kid on Kool-Aid overload as we flew down the hills.

Without warning, a big, brown bear crossed our path and we came to a screeching halt. It appeared to be sizing us up, as all 700 pounds of it stood up on its hind legs contemplating its next move. It was an incredible vision of nature standing only a few meters away and such a shame that none of us had a camera. We made enough noise to satisfy Pooh that he didn't want to bother with us, so off he moseyed down the hill to the riverside.

I'm sure he was singing to himself...

Hum dum de dum, hum dum de dum
I'm so rumbly in my tumbly
Time to munch an early luncheon
Time for something, something sweet


Just another day in our backyard. Big, brown bear, what an extraordinary beast you are!