Alaska is known for it's bears. Dying by one was not a preferred way of death for me. See this post. So since I have realized the danger of this state that I live in...it's kind of amazing that I dared take my exercise outside...on trails. I think the fact that we are almost smack dab in the middle of the city, has given me a false sense of security when it comes to any danger. Of the animal kind that is. So imagine my surprise(and almost failed bowel control) when my friend and I were walking next to a baseball field and she says "there's a bear over there".
Yes, there was indeed a black bear no more than 200 yards away!!!! HOLY MOLY!!!! I'm just glad that there was a big dumpster full of trash, that wouldn't put up a fight, between us and her! I don't believe I have ever looked behind my shoulder so much in my life.
Needless to say that we bought a can of bear spray that night in preparation for the next mornings run.
You can check it out here.