Heading out on the AT toward Sunfish Pond

Heading out on the AT toward Sunfish Pond

So, one bear sighting and two thunderstorms later, we all made it back safely. Sore and dirty, but it was fun.

We joked about bears the whole time. Our blueberry pancakes the morning we set out were ‘bear repellent discs‘. The park ranger told us a bear tried to break into the bear box at backpacker 2 (the campsite at Sunfish pond). We joked about how the slow hiking couple would get eaten before us. And then there we are, sitting around a camp stove, cooking our dinner, food all around us, and what should come over  the rocks, but a small bear.

Cooking dinner before the bear

Cooking dinner before the bear

Small bear means a mother bear somewhere. We all stood up, froze for a second and then started making as much noise as possible. The bear went away, right up the AT. Every twenty minutes or so we’d make more bear noises. No further sightings, though some noises at night.

I vote next trip is three days, two nights.

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