Sad to hear R's ill..bummer! Glad he's getting better tho. I'm stealing your "HEYBEAR" strategy when I hear a stick break during my mtn. walks. So far, so good. Our DOW stated in the local paper, "Bears are active..preparing for winter. (that means they're eating everything in sight. Then they quit eating for 2 wks to clean out their systems. So don't smell too sweet when you hike. Burning up 700 or 1400 in calories/hike, I think you'll be sweatin' up a storm!
Give your DH my best wishes and I hope he's good as new soon! Nancy 850 days ago