Random Thoughts

Grizzly bear

by Frank O'Callahan

I got this story from my son David who is one of those outdoor types who likes to climb mountains. He and his wife, who is also a mountain climber, are having a log cabin built up there in the Alaskan wilderness.

It seems that last summer as they were checking on the cabin, he decided to go by himself to check a nearby steep hill. On reaching near the summit it opened out on a flat plateau. Gaining this and looking ahead he saw a very large grizzly looking at him.  "What did you do?" I asked. "Did you have your rifle and side arms at the ready?" "No," he said. "I didn't bring them."

"My God, why not?"

A shrug of the shoulders and a reply that went something like, "If that bear had attacked me at least I had my long knife and I would have aimed for his eye." Well, you dear reader, knows who would win that one.

To continue, after a minute or so the bear lost interest and, looking around, continued on his way. A few days ago at Thanksgiving I persuaded his wife that when they will be at the log cabin next summer to make sure that if David decides  to go “wandering” have him armed to the teeth.

p. s. Did you know that a grizzly bear can outrun most of us?

January 6, 2006


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