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It’s one of those things that you think will never happen to you; seeing a bear. I don’t know what I thought I would do in the situation, but I can tell you that I hadn’t given it the thought it deserved. While I definitely feel that the situation went as well as it could have, I have found that I have a newfound respect and admiration for the grizzly bear.
The following is a piece I wrote the night of the encounter, and is all told from my own perspective.
In the summer of 2016, I moved to my second National Park: Grand Teton National Park in Northwestern Wyoming. During the summer, I got into backpacking for the first time, made an effort to see all corners of the state (missed the northeastern corner), and get into some of the wildest country in the states when it comes to wildlife. What an adventure it was exploring this wild, majestic, and seemingly unknown state.