some have put a quote on facebook from martin luther king about not rejoicing in death, hate promotes hate...obviously, that is not the exact quote. i don't find it offensive, but it's just hard for me to judge those who immediately went down to ground zero as it's called and waved flags and chanted U.S.A. and were jubilant upon hearing of bin ladens death. i wasn't there, i was removed. i didn't watch the towers come down and breathe in the dust that was laced with the evaporated remains of my fellow citizens, i didn't lose any family or friends in this nor have i lost any in the wars that have followed.
besides, osama was a coward in my mind. he was offered the chance to come out alive and he chose to fight. he never gave that option to those he killed and in the end he grabbed one of his wives and used her as a sheild to protect himself. selfish and cowardly to the end. i'm not dancing in the streets, but i'm not sad at this. i understand those who are jubilant and i do not judge them thier actions.
as you can see above is one of those bear sightings signs that show up at the trailheads this time of year. after a morning of indecisiveness i finally decided to go out to campbell airstrip and do a loop out there and brave a bear sighting. it's really a matter of getting used to hiking in bear country again. this happens every summer for me, re-training. summer hiking is not as relaxing for me as winter hiking just because of the bear element. you really do have to stay on gaurd at all times. it is best to hike with a group. suppose i figure hiking with 2 dogs is a group of sorts. if i suddenly stop blogging perhaps i have met with an unfriendly bear, but i hope that never happens. my hike was happily uneventful.