Bears Seen: 3   Tomahawks Needed: 0

Bears Seen: 3 

Tomahawks Needed: 0


Miles Today: 16.5

Mile Marker: 886.1

I saw my first bear today!  I had heard the Shenandoahs are the place most people start seeing bears.  Day two in, and boom!  Bear.  I spotted its head from a ways back around a corner. At first I thought it was a dog, but didn't see anyone else around.  Then it clicked it must be a bear.  Naturally I did exactly what you're not supposed to do.  I took out my phone, fired up the camera, and crept down the trail without my trekking poles.  I took a few pictures, and then perfection.  It looked right at me.  I snapped the photo, stared at it for a second, and then yelled and scared it away.  It listlessly trotted down the hill and then stopped and looked up at me from the valley.  I continued down the trail past it.  Presumably it went back to licking the same tree I had scared it away from.

Other things happened today, but are hardly worth mention next to a bear sighting.