It's easy to say what you would do in this kind of situation. I would hope that I wouldn't run, or that I wouldn't leave my friend if they were being attacked. But I know from personal experience, when a coastal brown bear charged a group of us in Alaska in 2009, how difficult it is not to run. How hard it is not to think about yourself and not others. The instinct for survival is strong.
It turns out that there are creatures lurking on that forest road. The next day as I ran with another person, Ruby spotted something high on a ridge and started to chase it. I didn't see it, but the other runner said it was a wolf. (Wolves don't typically attack people--I once ran right by one and once I hiked down toward one at a lake. But they still give you pause).
The wilderness is beautiful and brutal. This part of Montana, where I was visiting family, was experiencing a 100 year flood. The Clark Fork was incredibly high.
|Huge river from the Cascade Falls overlook near Plains.|
|Guess we aren't going on this trail!|
We drove up to an alpine lake, which we later discovered was the scene of a murder in 2003. Today it was peaceful, with kayakers floating around.
|Corona Lake--difficult to find but worth the drive.|
|Ruby is fearless.|
Any of you sometimes afraid in the woods? Any scary encounters?