Monday, February 27, 2006


OK, I really didn't consider BEARS being in the forest. How stupid is that? When I reserved the site, I thought it had electric and water hook-up. Most state parks do. Not this one, it is a National Park! I was lucky to get in before it got dark, and I did have a nice paved pad to park on. Nothing to hook up, thank goodness I had replenished my fresh water tank, so I had 37 gallons to flush the toliet and take showers. My travel trailer is self contained, so I can run the lights and water pump on battery. The water heater, furnace and stove run on propane. The waste water has a 37 gallon holding tank. It is nicer to have an electrical hook-up and water, but I can deal without it. I dropped my son off at band camp, and was back about 8 PM. It was a long, dark night. I heard something outside, but I didn't want to look. I knew if I saw a bear, that I would be up the rest of the night! I figured if a bear wanted to eat someone, there were plenty of people in tents all around me. I even saw some tasty looking children down by the lake! There are bear-proof hidden latch handles on the trash cans that bears can't open! I had trouble sleeping because it was so dark and quiet. My thoughts drifted to my "bloggies" and I wondered what all of you were doing! I started figuring out what time it was in Japan and Australia - and wondering what the weather was like there. I guess if I travel this summer, I will have to get wireless internet!

5 comments:

Motherkitty said...

Well, we're sitting at home wondering what you're up to out there in the boonies. Just don't go eatin' Grape Nuts sitting outside (ever see their commercials?) while the bears visit your campsite.

Sounds like you had a little sleeplessness. Too much darkness and too many crickets or other critters. How did you get online to post this? Are you home now?

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Did you ever see a bear out there? For some reason when you said you were taking your travel trailer, I didn't think it was a HUGE thing like that. That's a house on wheels...probably bigger than my own house.

I travel only on two wheels and I have been begging my husband for a very small laptop to take on our trips, that wouldn't take up much room in our saddle bags...but he said I can do without a computer on trips. If I traveled in a house like your's, I would definetly have a wireless pc. Go for it!

jellyhead said...

Tuff, I'm very glad you didn't go look outside to see if there was a bear!

I know what you mean about it being too dark sometimes. I once stayed in a cottage where it was so dark you could not see a *thing*, not even your own hand in front of you. I had an awful nightmare that night about an intruder in the cottage, and woke in absolute terror.

Hope you're sleeping better again back in your own bed!

TUFFENUF said...

Thanks for all the comments, I missed my "Bloggies". It was very lonely out there in the woods, but it is good to get off by yourself once in a while. I am very lucky to have a nice "home away from home". I hope to do some travelling this summer.

Texas2Tennessee said...

Welcome to my world of contemplative stillness, silence and darkness. If you can rise above the fear, it is truly a religious experience...bear or no bear. The daffodils have burst forth on the Ridge and there are signs all around me that spring is near. Welcome back to the world and enjoy the gift of today.