Monday, June 7, 2010

Back in NY!

I spent the weekend in Cody, Wyoming for the Wyoming Writers Conference, and had a fabulous time!  In addition to all the wonderful and friendly writers I met (can't wait to see a few of those projects!), I also saw real live cowboys (the rodeo was in town).

Despite all the fun, I was reminded that I am definitely a "city girl."  And it's nice to be back in New York.  Cody didn't have a Starbucks and since I have a soy chai latte problem, well that was a minor problem for me.  But they did have Bear Spray (which is one of the coolest things I've ever seen in a Walgreens).

And they had Billy the stuffed Buffalo who now resides in my office, mere feet away from the herpet American assistant.

Even better, there was this great sign at the Cody airport when I was leaving about how to deal with bears.  (I'm bummed I didn't get to see a bear...well sort of).


Francis said...

I'm from QC, Canada, and we have a lot of bears in the forests. I've seen plenty.

BUT OMG I NEVER SAW BEAR SPRAY! That is awesome. Totally jealous.

My brother was in the boy scouts and that's what he taught me about bears:
-You cannot outrun them. Don't even think about it. Running is not an option.

-The myth that you should run uphill then downhill to make them trip and fall due to their shorter back legs is false. They can run down a hill just fine, and you'll just piss them off.

-If you stumble on a nest with cubs, pray your affairs are in order.


Remilda Graystone said...

Haha, I love the bear spray! I wonder how it's supposed to work.

Francis said...

Apparently it makes some kind of fog which disorients the bear and gives you time to run...

Remilda Graystone said...

Ohhhh. Wow, creative.

Mireyah Wolfe said...

Um. Can I steal Billy the Stuffed Buffalo? He's so cute!

Josin L. McQuein said...

My Uncle works as a ranch foreman, and occasionally, he has to go out of town/state to areas where there are bears. According to him, this is funny:

Cowboys don't just wear jingling spurs to get a horse in gear, they wear them as bear monitors. There are two kinds of bears, dangerous and friendly. You can tell the friendly ones because they run off when they hear the sound of the spurs. You can tell the dangerous ones by the jingle when they walk.

*ducks tomatoes*


lexcade said...
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lexcade said...

*i'm an idiot. totally posted before i finished...*

bear spray? awesome! i want some, too!

i grew up in SE Kentucky, where we have a healthy black bear population and there are signs at the parks that tell you what to do in case you see a bear. but they never mentioned bear spray.

also, i read your 5 random things, and i totally agree with #5... just saying.

Jamie D. said...

LOL - Glad you enjoyed your visit to my general neck of the woods (I'm in the next state north - Montana). Black bears are adorable, grizzlies are majestic. Fun to watch if you keep your distance...

Hopefully you got to see a buffalo, at least...they're much larger in real life than you'd think. ;-)

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

We used to live in a big city, but recently moved to a small town. We don't have bears, but we do have rattle snakes. I think I'd prefer bears, actually. We live up on a hill and now that summer's here, I'm constantly terrified I'm going to step on one while I'm walking through my yard. Or, God forbid, my one-year-old's going to reach for one ... Blaagh!!

Glad you made it back to NY unscathed.


Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I so want to visit Yellowstone, but am terrified of running into a bear. I had no idea there was bear mace...Maybe we'll go there. Thanks for the FYI...

Buffy Andrews said...

Love the picture of the bear spray. It's always neat to visit new places. Have a super day, Buffy

Janet Johnson said...

I know I shouldn't laugh about the bear sign. I mean that would be serious business, right? But oh, I so want to laugh! :D

Kaitlin Ward said...

I am so jealous that you saw a rodeo.

Joanna said...

Yay! You're back! I cried every day you were gone, haha.

passinglovenotes said...

I lived and worked at a summer camp once, along with my kitty. We had a resident bear. Every morning he stopped by my cabin door, sniffed around, then peed on my stoop.

One afternoon I let my kitty out to go exploring and she ran across the bear. At first they stopped to sniff noses. Then my cat ran up a tree. The bear followed.

Knees knocking, I feared my little kitty was done for. But the bear just sniffed noses with her again, shimmied back down the tree, and walked off. After that encounter, the bear stopped peeing on my stoop. They had made peace, I guess.

And Josin, I thought your spur story was very funny!

Interesting word verification: sedric... Isn't that the guy from Twilight, the movie?

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