8.11.2011

Road Trip- Extreme! Pt. 2 Nearly Dead

Wanna hear about the time we almost died on our roadtrip?? Oh wait, let me rephrase that...

Wanna hear about the TIMES we almost died on our roadtrip?? You do? Thought so. :) Here we go.

1. It all started in Whitehorse. Capital of the Yukon Territory. We rolled in around 7 pm and needed to stretch our legs. So we decided to walk down the cute little street and shop for souvenirs. Of course, everything was closed. So we just kept walking to the end of the street where we could get a good look at the river.
On the bank of this river is an old trolley station. As we walked to the back of it I look over to see a man coming towards us. He has straggly hair and a ratty old jacket on. My sister noticed something silver in his hand which he quickly shoved in his pocket and turned around. I watched as he deliberated and turned back towards us, only to think differently when he saw my brother in law round the corner. I tried to forget about it and took pictures for my sister and her family.
When we were through we started back down the street to our hotel. I had a feeling to look behind me only to be scared silly to see the same man with very bulky pockets following us... When he saw my sister look back, he dodged into an alley way... We kept walking. I look back again, he's still following, again, still coming... I'm about to freak out when he suddenly darted to the other side of the street. We made it to our hotel and needless to say- I did not sleep.

Tell me, were we paranoid? Or in the right to be nervous?

2. As we were driving on day 3 (the next day) we came upon our first bear sighting! SO exciting! And then we came upon another, and another, and another! We were ecstatic! The fourth bear seemed to be fairly small still and was pretty close to us. So my brother in law, being the genius that he is, decided he wanted a picture by the bear. Or close enough to show that he was near the bear, anyway. As he got out of his car (we were driving two cars) my nephew started crying because he didn't want to be left alone. So my brother in law takes my nephew with him. LOVELY! I hurry to get a decent enough picture and just as I snap it... the bear starts coming for my brother in law and nephew!! Luckily the bear didn't charge, luckily my brother in law's a runner, and LUCKILY he was holding my nephew. WHEW!

Was it worth it?? Probably. Only because we all survived.

I do not recommend that to anyone...

3. Later that day we passed a large herd (are they called herds??) of buffalo. They were literally all over the street and the side of the road. (look at the cute little babies!) There were cars backed up so of course we stop and take pictures too. As we're snapping away my brother in law gets on the walkie talkie and says "GO! GO GO GO GO GO!!" My sister and I freak out and step on the gas. We're then informed that my niece (who's 5) swears a buffalo was charging right for her in the car. It was a narrow escape.

4. Later that night (yes, all of these near death experiences happened within 24 hours. We were all good after that) we were driving along (I was now driving my BIL's car) and a herd of deer was all over the road. My sister slams on her breaks and I am quick to respond as well. All was well... until I look in my review mirror. My heart stopped as I saw a semi... coming full speed... swerving... behind me. He couldn't make up his mind on what to do. I waited as the seconds ticked by and I could do nothing to help myself without making it worse. He finally was able to swerve to my left just in time and sped on by... my heart then started again.

5. Later... Later that night it got dark (duh). This happened to be the part of the trip that was all canyon road. Cliff on one side, rock face on the other, narrow winding roads, etc. As we were speeding down the highway (For the record- I was following and trying to stay as far back as possible so I didn't have to speed) my BIL slams on his breaks and I do the same only to have a baby caribou run between his car and mine... My thought process was- you're lucky caribou... awww and cute!

So there you have it. 5 near death experiences. Well, sort of. haha! We're lucky to have my nephew around in situations like these. As he held up Mr. Sasquatch he told him "Oh ya monster?! Well you're naked!" Then got in the car. Awesome. :)

P.S. Check out my guest post over at Janette the Jongleur today!! :D I'm talking about the top 10 reasons why Fall is the best season EVER!

20 comments:

SaffaKate said...

Oh my gosh, those are some crazy stories.
That guy was defo up to no good! Better to be paranoid then land up in trouble.
You're so lucky to see those beautiful bears and I think that picture is worth it. hehe!

Grace said...

Oh gosh! If my brother would have been there, so close to that bear he would have died of excitement: it's his dream!

Emmett Katherine said...

Yikes woman! Your trip is turning out to be quite the cross country adventure! The bears!!!!! I can't believe your bil got out of the car! Haha when I saw bears even though they were docile I was like let's roll up the windows and make sure we have a cleAr escape path!! Keep us posted on the rest of the trip :D

Jenna (SewSavoirFaire) said...

I think the best way to describe to you what I think about these situations is...Holy Smokes!! I can't believe that all happened in such a short amount of time. I would've been freaked out too if I were you with the creepy guy on the street. Better safe than sorry.
Bears are so pretty...but so okay with eating people also...hey we all have our quirks :p It's pretty amazing though to have a photo like that!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

I think I would pee my pants if I saw a bear. And I would jump for joy if I saw some moose! (or meese as I call them.)

HazelandMare said...

Holy cow, woman! Those are some terrifying experiences! What was up with the shady drifter who was following you?! I'm so glad you were about to get away from him. There's no point in taking any risks around shady drifters!

And all those animals vs. car situations! I bet sadly a lot of accidents up there are caused by them. I'm so happy you are all great and attentive drivers! :)

So many adventures! But I'm glad you are back where there aren't any black bears! ;)

Kaitlyn said...

OMG that man sounds really scary. I probably would have freaked out.. I don't think you were paranoid at all.. Probably, not a bright move for your brother to get as close to the bear as he could but, definitely a cool picture!!

In our sea of love

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

AHHHHHH oh my gosh!! You are so brave to stop and take pictures!!! I can not believe it! Looks like something you would see on TV..what a great picture though! You should frame it for sure

Shalyn said...

Girlllll y'all are crazy!!! So so brave. Have you heard about all those bear attacks at Yosemite? LOL. So happy y'all are okay though. I agree, it's def. worth it if you make it out alive. Haha. Love it. Love the pictures too! :)

Emma Frances said...

I am not sure how I would handle almost dying so many times in one day! Haha. It sure does make for lots of good stories though. :] The crazy, weird man story reminds me of a funny stalker kinda story that I exaggerated in my head years ago. I might have to write a post about it now. :]

Maddie said...

You are so close that black bear holy crap! This looks fun though. I love the outdoors and miss it now that I'm in Texas :(

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Fantastic pictures. I love all of the wildlife.

*Erin

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Oh wow! That looks like a great adventures! I've never seen a bare that close. Only in the zoo...

tinajo said...

Oh my goodness - a BEAR! I´d never dare, but I´m glad you did so I could see pics! ;-)

Jodie said...

wow, I would give anything to be able to see a bear in the wild like that!! or even just the area in which it is :) so beuatiful.
love your blog xx

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

Yikes! Now that's what I call an exciting holiday! I am not convinced that was a 'fairly small' bear though, he looked massive to me! I would have run for the hills!

Laura Elizabeth said...

Woah!! That's quite the tale(s)!!! Glad you made it back in one piece :)

Cat said...

Oh my gosh hun, that man sounds very scary & weird.. O.o

& the bears! How brave are you!? I would have been like, hiding in the car! Hahaha. :) xxx

Bree said...

That guy DEFINITELY sounds like a creeper!! I would have been scared out of my mind! I'm glad you survived all your near death experiences and lived to tell the tell. And your nephew is adorable! Love it!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

i saw your guest post and it was all kinds of awesome Gentri! Janette is one of my favorite folks on the planet so it was nice to see you there indeed!

holy wow, your re-cap of that terrorizing experience about had me frozen stiff. a glint of something silver (like a friggin' weapon!) is def not something you EVER wanna see. glad to know you made out alright. geesh, serious anxiety levels over here right now.

amazing woodland creature shots, narrow escapes and all. out of it all though i'm thinking naked monster is about the scariest thing to see ; )

you're quite the writer, loved this share. ♥