Indian River Hike

A couple of weeks ago I took advantage of the first sunny day in ages and went for a hike up Indian River Trail. With only 3 hours or so, I did not have a lot of time, but it was nice to get out and enjoy the bright conditions.

I made it as far as Billy Basin Creek bridge before I turned around in order to get back in time for my afternoon responsibilities.

On the way back, I noticed some fresh Brown Bear tracks in the mud. They were headed down the trail. They seemed pretty obvious, but I had not noticed them on the way up. It could have been the lighting wasn’t as good, since the sun had not risen high enough to light the valley bottom, but it’s also possible that the tracks were made in the hour or so between the times when I passed that spot on the trail.

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I am an aspiring naturalist who seeks to learn all that I can about the more-than-human aspects of this place that is my home.
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2 Responses to Indian River Hike

  1. Sally says:

    Hi Matt– long time away! What a marvelous photo (on top)… and the bear, shouldn’t he be in bed?

  2. matt goff says:

    It has been awhile since I’ve done much posting other than the night recordings of the last month. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of entries with photos and such, but I’ve said that before.

    I imagine some bears are in dens for winter, but obviously not all of them! There are still some spawning Silver Salmon in Indian River and it’s not been overly cold yet, so perhaps this bear is looking to pack on a little more fat before settling down. In the warmer climates (relatively speaking) like we have here, some can apparently remain active all winter.

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