G is for Grizzly: Featured Post Card for the A to Z Challenge.
Today’s post card serves as a frustrating reminder of one of the two remaining states in the US I haven’t yet visited. I’ve been to all 48 continental states, but not to Alaska or Hawaii. Plans are in the work to remedy that over the next few years, but for now, it’s a gaping omission in my travel experience!
I was going to write this post as G for Grizzly, until I realized the back of the postcard called them Brown Bears. But after a little more research, I realized Grizzly Bears are just one subspecies of Brown Bear!
My Uncle Henry sent us this post card from his first visit to Alaska. Eventually, he would move there with his family for several years, but when he sent this card, it was his first visit. I can’t even write about my own experience in Alaska because I HAVEN’T BEEN THERE YET… It frustrates me, in case you couldn’t tell!
But I wanted to take this opportunity to share this awesome infographic for any fellow nature enthusiasts. I found it over on the site The Art of Manliness, which is a great website. While it caters more toward the male demographic (hence its name) for fashion and chivalry advice, the tips offered for things like public speaking, how to network effectively, or how to survive a bear attack are awesome and useful for anyone.
This info would have come in handy about 13 years ago, when we were on our cross-country vacation. Late one night as we were driving through Yellowstone National Park, I had to stop to use the bathroom. We pulled into a quiet campsight along the road, where all the campers were in their tents for the night. I got out of the van, went into the wooden outhouse, and pulled the door closed.
A split second later, I heard a large CRACK and rustling coming from the woods past the outhouse, and my dad started yelling “GET IN THE VAN! GET IN THE VAN!” I hightailed it out of the flimsy wooden shack and sprinted to the mini van about 10 feet away. My dad was a few steps ahead of me, so he had the door open already and propelled me into the van, slamming the door shut before I had even righted myself in the vehicle. He was in the van and driving away before I had a chance to fully process what happened.
While I’ll never know for sure if there was a bear in the woods or not, I’m permanently paranoid about running into a bear in the wild now. The information in this guide has me a little more at ease – though now I want to get some bear spray for when we go hiking, just in case!
I’m participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge this year! Over the month of April, I’ll be featuring my post cards for all 26 letters of the alphabet. So get ready to see more of my massive post card collection!