Last summer, I was able to meet ‘Sneaky Bear’ in the Roosevelt Lodge parking lot in Yellowstone National Park.
Let me tell you why he was a sneaky bear.
Simon and I love visiting Roosevelt Lodge in the summer, usually with the goal of finding me a coffee. On this one fine morning, we had just finished eating breakfast in the restaurant and I headed to the washrooms, found alongside the individual log cabins to the right of the main building.
As I returned to the car, I looked up at the porch of the lodge and saw a small congregation of people amassing on the front steps, looking right at me – mouths agape.
What did I do? I checked my fly…excuse me. Wouldn’t you?
Then I spot Simon in the crowd, camera locked and loaded with that intense I’ve-spotted-a-great-animal face.
And he was aimed right at me.
What the heck?!
I turned around and this is what I see:
The bear, likely a young boar, was looking back and forth – from the crowd to its potential sneak-away route. It was almost as if his body language was saying, “doo doo dooo…la la la, just out for a stroll, wonder what these people are looking at… do they see me? Probably not.”
It was priceless.
The bear and I, mere feet away, were both just minding our business – and then this crowd, including my own fiancee, interrupted our peaceful morning strolls.
How rude, am I right sneaky bear?