Blairsville, Georgia (high 83, low 66)
Everyone we talk to around here says there are more bears around than usual. The Farmers Almanac is predicting a cold winter here, and many people think the bears are preparing for a cold winter.
All the locals have bear photos taken from their yards. Alice, who has an RV site across the street and a also a home in the woods, showed us some wonderful bear pictures. One is of a huge bear they called Elvis, because he was standing upright holding the metal pole that held the bird feeder in his paws. He looked like Elvis at a microphone. The bears are not shy at night and will get on decks, looking for food. One person we spoke to told us they had a bear visit one night when they were sitting in their hot tub! Yikes.
We make sure to take our bird feeders down at night.
Last night, before dark, we took a bear hunting drive. We usually do this early in the morning as well. We decided it might not be too wise walking the roads when bears are on the move, so our bear hunting expeditions have moved into a vehicle.
We drove to a few spots where there are corn fields. There is a nice overlook of a corn field right up the street from our park. We’ve seen evidence that something big has been in the corn.
We’ve spotted a few black cows that at first looked like bears.
I thought this farm land was so pretty with the pretty grass, white fences, and mountain vistas. Lucky cows.
We’ve been over some bridges, and up mountain roads. There are streams everywhere.
We try to check out all the crops, because that’s where the bear and deer like to feed.
An evening ritual around the campground for many, is to take their golf carts and drive around looking for bear. Wish we had a golf cart!
Last night, on our way home from our bear hunt, we turned off of the main road and were just about ready to turn into our campground, when Al spotted a large black bear. He was coming down the mountain to the the corn field that is just across the street from our campground. All the driving we did looking for bear, and one was literally in our back yard!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture, but I am sure what I saw was a bear, and he was a big one. He appeared to be shy, and got away from us into the cover of the corn fields, as quickly as he could.
During the day, we have been working on repainting the deck. The main problem is that it’s damp from the dew in the morning, so we have to wait for it to dry. A couple of days when we’ve painted, it clouded up and rained a little bit, so that has delayed us. It’s really not as bad of a job as we expected, so if the weather would cooperate, we would get it done in no time. Of course, when that’s done, we want to put a coat of stain on the cabin. The joys of “home” ownership! I sure never expected, or wanted to be painting and staining again in my life, but sometimes stuff just happens. It’s worth it to us to have this beautiful little mountain home.
Yesterday, we had a homeowners meeting and covered dish dinner, so that cut into our painting time. The regular summer residents on the whole appear to be a bit older than us. The week-enders are younger and have children. We’ve slowly but surely been meeting our neighbors. There are even a few who stay here year round. They said it looks real pretty here in the winter when it snows and the pond is pretty when it freezes! Yikes! Think I’d rather be in the Keys!
Last night, after our bear hunting expedition, we decided to have a soak in the hot tub. Baxter is getting to go outside more here than in Tampa, since it’s cooler. With all his hair, he can’t take the heat well. We made our happy hour drinks, grabbed robes and towels, put Baxter on his leash, and went outside. We walked him around on the deck a few minutes, then I opened his cage and he went right in. He was perfectly content sitting in the cage listening to the sounds of the night and all the interesting smells. At one point, he stood up on his back legs and was sniffing the air. That got us to thinking. What would we do if we were sitting in the hot tub, and a bear walked up? I would probably break my neck jumping out of the hot tub and getting my kitty!
Rain is predicted today, so I’m not sure we’ll be doing any deck painting. We may take a hike over to a pretty nearby waterfall.