What a wild day in Dunbarton. We last cached here in these woods back in 2012. Today, I had a 4 hour long hike finding the 3 new puzzles, 6 other caches and almost had a close encounter with 2 bears (one was very large and the other was medium-sized). No, they weren't Yogi and Boo-Boo.
I was hiking down the Gum Tree trail and I was getting close to the junction with the Stonewall trail, when I must have made some noise by stepping on a stick, because all of a sudden I heard a big crashing noise to my left, and instantly thought it was a deer or moose. Nope. It's a huge bear about 50 yards away. And, there's another bear!! I froze in my tracks. Do they see me? How can I defend myself? Damn, the bear spray is in the car! The bears went over by a large tree and stood still for I'm guessing at least a minute, before running across the trail about 100 yards in front of me and disappeared in the woods. At this point I was deciding whether to turn around or continue on. I had been heading to this cache, but with the bears so close, I decided to skip it for now and head directly to Short Boat Ride or Long Hike. After hiking the mile down and back, I figured the bears have probably wandered off by now, so I quietly hiked in to this one and found myself looking in all directions for any sign of movement. Fairly quick find, and then headed back for the long walk to the car. TNLNSL. TFTC