Our RV Shrink, Dick Mallery, who has been popular with our readers for years for his sage advice, is not only an avid RVer, but an avid hiker. This past week he passed 1,200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, from its beginning near the Mexican border all the way to north of Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada. He likes to hike about 25 to 30 miles a day.
Here’s a report from his wife about his recent encounter with a bear.
“After Donner Pass where he camped [in a tent] for the night, he was startled out of a deep sleep by a noise. He thought he was having a nightmare when he woke up to the sight of a bear’s head at the entrance of his tent. The bear had busted through the outside zipper and all that was between the two of them was the tent netting. Dick yelled and, fortunately, the bear took off. Dick had left his bear canister with my brother, Joel, because he didn’t want to carry the extra two pounds since it wasn’t required. He was only required to carry his food in the canister through the Sierras and Lassen National Park. I asked him why he didn’t hang his food and he said if he hung it the bear would get it for sure! Keeping it in the tent with him he would be able to protect it and at least have a chance to negotiate. :-}”
We are happy to report that all is well. The Shrink is still on the trail, but we’re told he’s coming off soon. We’ll keep you posted if he encounters any more bears or other wild creatures (squirrels don’t count!).