Lucy loved the smells on the trail and just had a marvelous time. On the way home, we stopped under the bridge where there’s a large expanse of sand. Lucy ran around like a maniac with the G-force pulling her face into a great, big grin! There’s something about sand that gives her the “zoomies.” She looks so funny tearing around with that big grin on her face that I can’t help laughing.
As we were walking down the trail, I wondered if there were bears in the area… never a good thing to think while you’re all alone in the bush! There are berry bushes all along that trail, so berry season would be a bad time to go there, I think! While I’ve never personally seen a bear in POCO, I know they’re there and I know people who have seen them. Make lots of noise and keep your dog on a leash are two things you can do to avoid a bear encounter. Attacks are very rare, so, if you do see one, stand tall and talk loudly and firmly to the bear, then back away slowly. Usually the bear will just amble away. And, of course, try never to get between a mother bear and her cubs. I think we all know that rule!
Here’s some information on bears in BC: http://www.bearaware.bc.ca/.