I think I have mentioned the route I take for my main run, haven’t I? It starts with a large uphill. It then continues with an uphill. And then there is some climbing. And that is followed by even more uphill…. Yes, my run tops off at the highest point in miles.
Wednesday I went for a run. It was warm and very humid, so I almost didn’t go, and my first thought was to do an easier run. But I did my mountain run. And I am glad I did…
After I hit the high point and started to go into a little dip, I saw movement in front of me. I recognized it almost immediately – a black bear was crossing the road at the bottom of the dip. I was still pretty far away, so not worried.
About a year ago I almost literally bumped into a huge bear on one of my runs. This bear didn’t look as big. Was it because i was farther away and seeing it in profile? Well… Anyway, the bear seemed to glance at me, but I said something, just to be sure it knew I was there. “Hi, bear,” I said in a calm tone. It looked at me and I waved, but without a sudden or jerky movement.
Even though the bear was almost all of the way across the road, it quickly turned and ran back into the woods. I was just beginning to wonder why it took the time to go all of the way back across the road (and to the side I was on!) instead of the shorter distance (and away from me) if it had continued, when I saw faces. At least two small, furry faces were watching me. I crossed the road to be safe (I was on their side!) and glanced over, but they were gone.
Or so I thought.
As I drew even, I noticed a cub still visible. It was watching me, but when I was at my closest, it scampered into the woods, looking just like a huge version of my little kitten as it bounced its way through the thickets.
I have only seen bears out in the wild a few times and this was the first time I have seen any cubs up close. Very cool!
So that is my smile for the day, seeing a momma bear and a couple of cubs while out running.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).