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Not So Scary

April 18th, 2007

I came eyeball to eyeball with a bear, and they’re not so scary, but first….

At 6am a van load headed for Campo. Davey and Bruce starting that morning, Craig and Scout just watching for now. While they prepared to get on with the walking two more were dropped off, Stacy and Rachel, and two others were already on their way. 6 in just the short time we were there means it’s just about hitting peak season I think.
This time tomorrow I’ll be a hardened hiker. Sweaty and dirty as I trudge my way north to Canada. But I’m not there yet. More granola to buy, a food shipment to send, and things to see.
Yesterday I made it to San Diego Zoo. I walked up there from down town (by way of many computer stores in an effort to fix my stupid memory cards that only work in my camera not any computer) and therefore I didn’t have much time. I did have time to see the bears and they’re pretty laid back creatures.

Not So Scary Bears

The polar bears were more active. Wrestling with each other right in front of the glass and keeping all the tourists very interested. I had to high-tail it out of there in time to help Scout (Barney) with an airport run. Last night there were four of us interlopers at the Mann residence, tonight there will be seven!

Distance today: 0 miles. Total distance: -1 miles

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8 Responses to “Not So Scary”

  1. Denis Says:

    That looks like a contented, well-fed bear. As I understand it, thru-hikers try NOT to feed the bears along the trail. They may not be quite as contented.

  2. Alison Says:

    Thinking of you as Departure Day dawns.
    Alison

  3. Peter Says:

    Has departure day already been? Have you departed? Where is the I’m departing now post? More importantly does these mean your challenge to me has commenced?

  4. Denis Says:

    yes, he has departed. He started from Campo at 7:00 am on Thursday 19th. (that was 2:00 am on Friday morning for those of us still in New Zealand). Lack of total wireless coverage, or any suitable wireless device, will mean he can’t send a post until he gets to a telephone.
    The last word was an email as he left his host’s house in San Diego.

    From: Craig Stanton
    Subject: Adios
    Date: 20 April 2007 12:47:58 am (NZ time)

    Here I go!

  5. Denis Says:

    While we are waiting for news from the traveler you can see the last known photograph as he left San Diego

    http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=211725&back=1

  6. Bex Says:

    Very exciting! Thanks for the update Craig’s Dad!

    Peter – interested to know what your ‘challenge’ is!! Able to share?

    Go Craig Go! :-)

  7. Peter Says:

    Yeah, I’m excited too :D

    Re: challenge, maybe… maybe not.

  8. Jen Says:

    Bears are a lot more intimidating when they are in your place of residence and getting panicky. Hitting them in the nose with a book helps.

    We’re having an unusually cold and wet spring over here, so hopefully Craig is keeping warm, staying dry, and stayin’ alive (insert necessary dance moves here).