This summer I have had to face two of my greatest fears.
Fear of tornados. I went to Kansas this month and they only had a tornado 'warning' while I was there. So I survived that.
Fear of Bears. When I was a kid my family and I spent a vacation in Glacier National Park. During the week we were there, the rangers set out bear traps because there was a crazed bear on the loose. They told all the parents to keep their little kids closeby. I never slept that whole week! I had nightmares of that bear breaking into our cabin. They finally caught the crazed bear and all was well.
Next week I'll be in Cimmaron, New Mexico at the Philmont Scout ranch camping in "luxurious tent living"...that's what the brochure said. (Question: How can the word tent and luxurious be in the same sentence?) According to the brochure they had an entire page devoted to black bears! They let us know all the precautions; no snacks in the luxury tents, carry a whistle, etc.
I did a Google search on Black Bears and began reading all kinds of information. One site said:
"the bear may try to maul you but it will do less damage if you can manage to lie still."
Are they kidding? I know I won't get any sleep. I'm sure I'll be praying the entire week I am there.
Why can't I just stay home with the "Purse Dog" and quilt in the peace and safety of my home?