just the guy + me

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

just the guy + me

 

Joe & I hiked into a cabin, just the two of us. 4.5 miles up. When we arrived, we were so struck by the silence. I mean really, there are 6 of us most days. Six voices, bodies, and pairs of feet rumbling through the day. Making noise. A lot of noise. Up here there was just the guy + me. The only other sound was a far off water fall and occasional bird call. The weather was particularly cooperative and the clouds lifted to reveal the sun. It shined down casting its light over the mountains all around us. It was breathtaking. Restorative. The 24 hour trip felt like days of peace & quiet to my soul.

On the hike home the following morning we talked in hopes to keep the bears away. This hope was temporarily thwarted when we were met on the trail by a black bear as we came around a bend.

"Hello Mister Bear." Joe shouted.

I actually thought he was kidding. I couldn't see around him & his huge pack. 

"How are you today Mister Bear?" he asked.

I looked up to see Joe standing so straight and tall he appeared a foot taller. Fifteen feet ahead of him on the trail a black bear was trying to get away from us, scrambling through tall bushes uphill. I think he was just as surprised (and concerned) to see us. It's been years since I've seen a bear on the trail and I stood there with my mouth hanging wide open.

"Aren't you going to take a picture?" Joe asked.

"Oh, yeah. I was too busy looking for a hiding place!" I told him.

I snapped one photo of the bear, far up the hill peeking out at us from the bushes. Joe talked to him and I watched him cautiously as we passed the trail underneath the bush he was hiding in. As soon as we were under he ran in the opposite direction, the bushes moving and shaking as he went.

We talked a little louder after that as we finished the hike to the trail head. There is certainly a sense of vulnerability and awe to encounter a bear when you are so deep in the woods. It was the perfect ending to our adventure.

 

10 thoughts on “just the guy + me

  1. oh my! can i move to alaska?! thanks for the gorgeous photos and the story. we have been reading blueberries for sal lately and your story brought reality to it tonight! enjoy!

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  2. Oh, Stephinie. What a gift, that 24 hours (bear and all!). I could almost cry, thinking of what it would be like to be alone with my husband for 24 hours. My mil watched all three kids for about an hour one day last week–that was her first time with all three. She looked shell-shocked when I got home and when I tried to see if she’d ever want to do it in the evening she sidestepped the question. So no dates anytime soon, I guess.

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  3. It looks so beautiful and makes me very nostalgic for the mountains (I’m half Norwegian and used to love going up into the mountains – although I’ve never come across a bear!)

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  4. It was pure bliss! I think the time alone was incredibly magnified by the quiet of the woods. It was truly a gift. Here's wishing you some free moments, however small they may be, with your own guy πŸ™‚ xo

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  5. Such a good book! And if you move to Alaska, Joe will most definitely be trying to get back as well. It was tough to leave. On another note… see if you can find Blueberry Shoe. Super cute & alaska themed~~

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  6. Those mountains are amazing aren't they? After three years in the south I realize I do miss them tremendously. I hope our move next spring brings us back to the forest, mountains & sea of some place.

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