Friday Hiking Adventure

Happy Monday! It has been a little while since my last post. Blogging regularly is something I have to continue to work on. Sometimes it's just too difficult to tear myself away from the canvas but I actually did last Friday. I ended up going on a scenic six mile with my husband. We have the good fortune of living minutes away from Harriman State Park in NY.  

Early on our hike we came across this beautiful brook. And then a short while later, as we hiked through a densely wooded area, my husband stopped in mid-sentence and motioned for me to be quiet. "Shh, do you hear that?" he asked. I stopped in my tracks to listen and heard exactly what he did...loud, heavy foots steps and the sound of rocks being turned over. I turned my head to the right and there it was. A black bear. My husband quietly grabbed my hand and pulled me on. Luckily the bear did not appear to see us and we were able to continue on our way. At least my husband was.

You see, up until this point, I had never seen a bear outside of the confines of a zoo cage, EVER.  And I can honestly say that it had never been a life goal. Coming across a bear was the last thing on my mind when we set out that day. I envisioned a rigorous hike surrounded by marvelous views. I planned to follow that up with a turkey sandwich and some art journaling at Pine Meadow Lake, our hiking destination.

I did not plan on seeing a bear and for the next three hours (the time it took us to hike back out of the park) I was completely consumed with fear and in a full blown panic attack. In addition to not expecting to see a bear, I was not expecting to react the way I did.

I seriously thought I was cooler than that. For years I've had this fantasy of building a self-sustaining tiny house in the middle of the woods. where I could retire with my husband and paint all day. Not really sure how that plan looks to me now but I am aware that Bear entered my consciousness for a reason. I have thought about what this fierce yet majestic animal came to teach. I will try to keep my heart open to the lesson.