July 1, 2016

2 Updates: Community News and a (almost) Bear Attack…

Update #1: Community News

First off, I FINALLY figured out how to fix the (upgraded) Community News Section and from what I can tell, it’s back to it’s old glory.

The links now go DIRECTLY to your Outdoor Blog without that totally unnecessary second page click through.

I was able to remove that 80 character description requirement.

Bonus Points: I didn’t blow up the OBN in the process

I like it much better when I tinker with code and it doesn’t blow things up.

Now I await feedback. Hopefully everything is working like we’ve all come to expect from the Community New Section.

Update #2: Bear Attacks

Back in April I posted a Quickfire Outdoor Interview with Steve from Sipping Emergers.

Little did I know then that in a few short months after that I’d be at the Trout Unlimited Yellowstone Blogger Tour 2012 with Steve.

Steve and I spent a lot of time together and on one afternoon, Steve, Marc and I encountered my dreaded nightmare.

A Bear. Up Close. Personal. 

From Steve’s Interview in April:

Courage Level Question: It’s You and a Grizzly Bear face to face on the trail. Knowing yourself, will you 1) Hold your ground and see who blinks first 2) throw your gear at the Grizzly and run for your life or 3) faint on the spot?

I’m a hold my ground type. I’m no braver than the next guy but I don’t go into Grizzly territory unarmed and I know what happens to food, I mean people, who run. We all gotta go sometime though I suppose there’s better ways than getting gnawed on by a Griz. I guess the real shame would be getting gnawed on before a good day of fishing.

Note: This is the actual Bear we encountered and not a reenactment, actor or ‘likeness’

I’m happy to report that Steve did exactly as he said in the interview, held his ground (while I hid safely behind his back and bear spray) and we all lived to tell about our experience.

You can read Steve’s side of the story here: Point at it! 

Final lesson for the day. If you find yourself in a bear scenario, don’t just yell BEAR! at the innocent people around you. Our minds tend to instantly think we are about to be mauled from behind. Yell BEAR! and point in the general direction it’s coming from at the same time to spare someone a mini heart attack.

Unless it is coming to maul someone from behind. In that case just yell BEAR! and run for it.

Thank you for being our fearless protector Steve. Just remember, I had your back in that situation.


About Rebecca

When Rebecca isn't running the Outdoor Blogger Network, she is off Fly Fishing her favorite rivers. Occasionally she writes about those adventures at The Outdooress.


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    Good tips for bear encounters. I’m just glad I didn’t distinguish myself by soiling my shorts. Good times.

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