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Seventy or more years ago we had an outhouse and every Christmas all us kids would get a new flashlight . Your final trip out back before bed was always scary as there were bears , wildcats , zombies , Indians and other bad stuff ! I would rush to get in to the outhouse before something got me . Then you would search the interior of the outhouse and as a last act you would look down into the hole , looking for bears , wildcats , zombies , Indians or other bad stuff . Scary times for a six year old .

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wanderingbob wrote:

Seventy or more years ago we had an outhouse and every Christmas all us kids would get a new flashlight . Your final trip out back before bed was always scary as there were bears , wildcats , zombies , Indians and other bad stuff ! I would rush to get in to the outhouse before something got me . Then you would search the interior of the outhouse and as a last act you would look down into the hole , looking for bears , wildcats , zombies , Indians or other bad stuff . Scary times for a six year old .
I never feared those things in our outhouse, they were all hiding under my bed when the lights were off. [emoticon]


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Speaking of outhouses:
Quite a few years ago I used to do my bike training rides in a rural NC mountain road that ran along beside a river. In one place there was an old abandoned country church that had a old outhouse right beside it.
On one ride I stopped to use it - got inside and closed the door which made it totally dark. I dropped my bike shorts and sat on the old wooden one holer and the next thing I heard was a loud buzzing. Needless to say all systems stopped and I made a bee line (no pun intended) for the outside. As I was exiting with only a couple of stings I happened to look up and right hanging from the underside of the roof was a humongous paper wasp globe.
I finished my business on the outside behind the outhouse

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High School age...Buddy & I would frequently go backpacking in the Local Mountains
Drive the 4x4 up in the back country then hike/camp for the weekend

One Sunday AM out for stroll after breakfast when we encounter Mama and her 2 cubs>
She seemed upset about that and approached. Now you hear tell 'Do NOT run'
YEAH right!
WE hightailed it down the side of a slope and came across an old wrecked bus ----ducked inside hiding out. She circled the bus several times, snarling, pushed on the doors but they luckily stayed closed.

She finally headed off to gather up her brood ----but we didn't leave for another hour or so

Seems there was an old logging road along the rim ...why a bus was traveling it/crashed we never did figure out. But sure was grateful it was there !!!!

We were always getting ourselves into the 'soup' as teenagers---lived to tell about it LOL


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Not my worst nightmare, though I did see a Cottonmouth come out of an outhouse once.

I divorced my worst nightmare in 1984.


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Bear doesn't stand a chance. It'd break all four legs chasing me.

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MEXICOWANDERER wrote:

Bear doesn't stand a chance. It'd break all four legs chasing me.


First rule of thumb - DON'T RUN! How ya gonna beat a bear with your pants down LOL???


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It's a joke. They would SLIP. I have as much experience with grizzlies and black bears as many people.

Cooking bacon and a propane leak attracts bears like nothing you've ever seen.

Not even the most evil tempered boar will face down a five-foot blast of LPG fire from a pipe and valve. Just don't start a forest fire in the process. Not intended to even singe fur, but to intimidate.

Remote camping: Few roaming black bears will not run off if a two mantle lantern is lit off in the pitch black. I kept one near my tent zipper. Why this works I don't know but more than a half dozen encounters have shown me it works.

Sow grizzlies with cubs must be avoided even to the point of backing into an ice-cold lake. Sows are smaller but much faster especially when they, not you, think their cubs are in danger. A sow will rain on a boar's parade with jaw dropping ferocity.

A pair of herd dogs is my favorite protection. They are fast and agile. Not even the biggest and meanest pit bull stands a chance against a grizzly. Dogs are the best intruder alarm, and can detect bears by scent while hiking and at night.

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