Have you ever had an unexpected guest? I certainly did on my last visit to my cabin in the woods. A visitor came for breakfast and it’s not what you think!!!
My favorite time of day is the early morning. Even when I am in the mountains, I still get up fairly early to enjoy my breakfast, coffee, Bible time and the complete quiet of a mountain morning.
This morning was no different than any other. Bacon, eggs and coffee were on the menu and the cool mountain air was easing through the open slider door on the deck. Silent Charlie was faithfully begging for eggs and morning light was revealing the lushness of my mountain view. Robby was still sleeping and I was enjoying the solitude.
As I finished my breakfast, I got up from the table to take my plate over to the sink. When my gaze returned to the view through the glass slider, a very large black bear face was looking back at me!
Once I realized that I wasn’t “seeing things”, complete fear filled me. Somehow I remembered not to panic and stood still to see what it would do. The bear also remained still. I knew that I needed to close the glass door so I slowly moved toward it and the bear. Fortunately, as I moved closer, the bear slowly backed away and headed down the deck stairs. P.S. Silent Charlie never even saw the bear! LOLOL
Relief and excitement took over and I needed pics to remember this encounter. After making sure the bear wasn’t going to pop back up, I went out on the deck and peered over. That’s when I saw her! Yes, it was a very large momma bear and her two tiny cubs. She looked up at me and then slowly walked up the animal path to the street above. I got several pics before she disappeared into the woods.
Expect the Unexpected
This was probably one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me. Once my nerves settled down, I came to realize what a gift that I had been given. A close up encounter with a momma bear and no one got hurt!
Robby has had one other encounter a few years ago while grilling steaks. You can’t blame a hungry bear for wanting to check out what’s on the menu! There have been many sightings on our field cameras of bears, foxes, skunks, rabbits, deer and possums, but mostly the woodland creatures stay out of sight.
After sharing my story with my daughters, they wittily responded “well mom, you gotta expect the unexpected”! SO TRUE!!!
I wouldn’t say that hospitality is my gifting and an unexpected guest would definitely throw me off. There are, however, some guests that know just how long to stay. This momma bear got it right, she stopped by briefly, left quietly and let me see her most prized possession, her cubs.
And here’s the moral of the story: From now on I will cook my bacon with the glass door CLOSED! Lesson learned!