Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Good News, Bad News, Good News, Bad News

Last Saturday I walked down to Green Turtle Pond with my fishing gear to try my hand (once again) at catching an edible fish. When I got home I told Lynne I had “good news, bad news, good news and bad news”. Clearly confused she asked for the story.

The good news is that I saw lots of wildlife. On my way there and back I saw several groups of turkeys and a red fox.

The bad news is that I didn’t see or catch any fish.

The good news is that along the east side of the lake, where I was fishing, it is very wooded and lots of mushrooms were growing. (We like searching out wild mushrooms).

The bad news is that if you are walking along the trail with your head down looking at mushrooms, you might just walk up on a bear!

That is what I did. I was walking along a not-so-well-worn path with my head on a swivel looking down and side to side when I heard a “hummmffff” sound. I looked up and about 20 feet in front of me, coming toward me on the path was a fairly large black bear. My heart sunk into my stomach and I said some foul words. I stepped behind a tree to keep something between me and the bear. He just stood there hummmfffing at me for a couple of minutes and decided to pass me by going up the hill a ways. He took his time though, and I just kept sidestepping around the tree as he moved by. When the coast was clear, I came home to tell Lynne the news.

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Posted under: New JerseyMushroom Articles • by Rick on 09/11/2007 at 04:08 PM
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