I’m in the Wallowa Mountains, very northeast Oregon. Left my campsite to walk a mile to a trailhead. Almost there when I realize I forgot to ask the ranger about bears and if I should bring my bear spray…which is conveniently left in the van.
At the trailhead there is a sign stating a bear sighting in July. Right then, I hear Jingle Bells being sung. Great. I approach the 2 teenage girls coming out of the forest. There was a bear cub running all around, so that’s when they decided to make some noise. NO sign of Mama Bear.
Did I walk back and get my bear spray? Nah. I used the ole stand by’s…clapping and singing. But didnt have as much fun, due to the fear factor. Spray is now in my backpack.