We just came back from a wonderful family reunion to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. (If you’re a face book friend, I have no fewer than 200 photos if you want to see more!)Yellowstone is the oldest national park (coming into existence before Wyoming even became a state), and I think it’s also the most exotic.Although I’ve been there several times, I’d forgotten just how gorgeous everything is!The rivers of color from mineral springs, geysers, and mud pots are unlike anything I’ve ever seen anywhere else on earth!Along with the pristine waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, the spring flowers were in the full bloom, and the hungry bears were out in force. Yellowstone has several hundred grizzlies that weigh up to 600 pounds. I caught a picture of this one far off in the distance…which was plenty close enough for me.This Native-American necklace was made from grizzly bear claws—some 2-4″ long (or more). Although I remember as a little girl back in the 1950’s watching a mother black bear in Yellowstone begging for food from our table while her two cubs scrambled up a nearby pine tree and almost toppled over onto a camper in the next site, I’ve always had a healthy fear of bears. Mom shooed the bear away by beating two pie tins together, but I didn’t like the looks of the bear’s big teeth!While we were in Yellowstone, we stayed (with the rest of our reunion families) at Canyon Village near Yellowstone Falls. We went for hikes and traveled around the big loop roads every day. Wednesday we left Canyon Village and headed south to the Grand Tetons.Little did we know that on that exactly one week later, a grizzly bear, for the first time since 1986, would attack a couple who were hiking and kill the husband near Canyon Village where we’d been staying. What an unthinkable tragedy.
It could have been me, or Alan, or any of our group.
We were there; we were hiking in that area.
It really makes me stop and ponder the circumstances of life. As the Bible says, none of us knows the day or hour of our death. I wonder, am I prepared to die?
“And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)