One of my fears of trekking off into the wilderness with just me and the girls is the possibility of coming across a mountain lion or bear. It's always made me a bit uneasy being the only adult in the crowd to be able to handle such a serious situation. But I have come a long ways in conquering this fear, and we have been doing a lot of hiking just us girls, in addition to our adventures with my son and/or husband along.
So, I came face to face with my fear of mountain lions on this hike. I had a decision to make... to go or not to go. The girls had no hesitation, but I did. After all, I was the one responsible for our safety.
I decided it was time to proceed further with conquering my fears. This was the next level. So we went ahead and I kept an extra eye out all along the way. We didn't get as far as usual, because the terrain is quite rocky and much of the time the trail follows along a steep side that you do not want to fall off of, all of which makes it difficult to keep an eye out along the upper area for mountain lions prowling around while not stumbling. So I stopped frequently to scan the high ground and the trail behind (in case any were stalking).
Two weeks ago, we came out to Kootenai Creek for a quick 2-hour hike after running errands in town. In addition to the special notice on the trail head sign, the sign below was also posted right next to the beginning of the trail to make sure hikers don't miss it. This sighting was only 8 days before we came.
As you can see, we did live to tell about it. :) Thankfully, we didn't see any sign of them, although my son always says they are around all the time, we just don't see them. We have seen their tracks in the past, seen hunters come out with them, and hear of others seeing them from time to time. In fact, shortly after moving out here, my husband's nephew saw three of them in the parking lot of this very same trail head. Of course, you know that went through my mind when I saw that sign!
Hope you enjoyed coming along on our hike. Please leave a comment below, as I enjoy reading them. :)
--Nikki / myMountainStudio