A few extra characters showed up at the creek today. Brent popped down and for the first time I met his dog Bandit — a charming pup who loves gathering thrown sticks (the return mechanics of fetching are of no interest to him.)
I hadn’t seen Brent for years so there was much to catch up on. He’s starting a venture with guided tours of Bhutan and just got a pop-up a-frame camper to capture a few highlights.
Conversation turned quickly when he spotted a bear ambling down the ridge. It popped down to the creek up a few clicks to cool off. Everyone said this was the closest sighting yet, but we were pretty safe — once Erik’s dog Bodhi caught scent he immediately established a perimeter of barking.
The bear left after a few minutes and that was that.
Below, a few more random photos from earlier in the day.