Tuesday, April 25, 2006
So here I am in Mesa Verde, Colorado, where there are these extraordinary medieval Indian villages, hidden inside caves, along canyon walls.
I look kind of relaxed, don't I? That's because I don't know what's about to happen next.
Twenty minutes after this photo was taken I was driving back to my lodge in the westering light, all sunburnt and contented... when this bloody great black bear just ran in front of my car, about ten foot away. A bear! A bleeding great bear!
I nearly crashed the car in surprise. I was pretty shaken - and I'm afraid I didn't have the time, or the inclination, to get a photo. Jesus. The adrenalin rush was intense. I guess this is because we are meant to instictively fear large predators, or something.
Anyway: wow. I'm not sure how close to death I was (again) but obviously if the bear had stopped, turned, come over to the car, prised the doorlock open with a credit card and started to get ursine on my ass I'd have been in deep doo-doo. Lucky, really.
Still. A bear! I saw a bear! A bloody great bear! Yo!
Posted by sean at 11:58 pm