[pagebreak] Stirring Up Trouble
So much happened in the next three seconds that I remember thinking how weird it was that I could process so many different actions at once in such a short time. Mama Bear gave one big huff. This sent the little bears up three different trees and started them bawling. Then, faster than I can describe it, Mama Bear covered 15 of those 20 oh-so-short yards. Teeth snapping, roaring loud, so loud it made me cringe. Cute, big, bumbling Mama Bear had instantly transformed into the most ferocious creature I'd ever seen. Huge gnashing teeth, slobber, spit, roaring-all less that 5 yards from the bottom of the tree I was sitting in. I transformed just as quickly. One second I'm relaxed, watching nature's splendor, disappointed that I'm not going to have a huge bearskin rug but feeling confident that my big bad "Hey" would scare four bears into the next county. The next second I'm so terrified I can't move. Yeah, I know: I used to think that if I was ever charged by a bear I would just shoot it, too. I know better now. If Mama Bear had wanted to thrash me, she could have. Pretty ego-deflating, pretty humbling, pretty weird what goes through your mind at times.