Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mountain Lake

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.

This picture has been taken down from my guest bedroom wall. As I looked at it, a little story came to mind.

The weather was perfect for a picnic by the lake on this wonderful summer day. Sandy and John stopped by the grocery store to pick up some roasted chicken and potato salad, then drove across town to pick up their friends Walt and Evelyn. With a cooler of wine, beer and sodas they drove to the lake. There, surrounded by the mountains, others were also gathered to enjoy the water, the boats, and the warm spring breezes off the lake. The trees around them were beginning to leaf, and flowers were blooming.

Sandy laid out a blanket on the ground. She and Evelyn began putting out the food for everyone to share and poured a glass of wine for themselves. Sandy thought she heard a noise in the bushes behind the trees. Out of the bushes and headed directly for the food, a bear cub appeared. Frozen in silence they all looked to one another for response. Walt was the first to speak.

"There has to be a mama bear nearby. We need to head for the lake!"

All of them abandoned the food, the blanket and the cooler and started for the lake. The little bear stopped at the food. Roaring out of the bushes came the mother bear. She was in hot pursuit of the four of them. Others stood up along the lake to see what was happening and everyone headed for the lake water. It seemed to be the safest refuge from the very angry bear. The water was cold as they swam out to put some distance between them. 

At the water's edge the bear stood up on her hind legs and roared a warning to all of the swimmers. Then she turned toward her cub, glancing back just once to make sure they all knew she meant business. Together they finished off the food at the campsite, then wandered off into the woods, the swimmers all watching them go. Shivering, they all finally left the water to return to their cars. 

What started out to be a beautiful spring day had turned out to be one of their scariest experiences. It would be a while before they would return to that spot for a picnic. And they would certainly be watching for the animals!

Have you had an experience with a wild animal unexpectedly? My daughter and son-in-law were chased by a bear on a hiking trail at Big Bend. Not it's your turn. Got a picture you can write a story about and share with others. Just post a picture on your blog, write your story, and link back with me on this post. Have a wonderful "hump day"!

Linda Kay

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