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  • Please WAIT! Then SCROLL DOWN for Anita and Andrew's Honeymoon at Ridge.   [ Are you in this picture? ]
    Anita and Andrew: Just Married! Anita and Andrew's Honeymoon.
    Early guests at Ridge Camp, they take a break from medical studies, get married and come up to Ridge on Memorial Day weekend staying 10 days. They have an exciting encounter with a Black Bear cub. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Guest Book Entry.  "We still get excited thinking about it."   Anita and Andrew report their bear sightings.   About Bears at Fourpeaks.   (On the next page.)   "A Bear Story" Adirondack Letter No.3    Looking for a romantic Getaway? Here's a vacation you won't forget!   Meet more Fourpeaks guests? CLICK HERE for Meet Our Guests! Home Page.
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    Shy Bear.
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    Bear in tree.
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    Note from Anita and Andrew.
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    Anita and Andrew Honeymoon.
    Guest Book Entry:

                 November '99
    Dear Martin and Louise,
    Sorry it's taken so long to send you a photo . . . you know how
    newlyweds are! Hope you are well. Have you spotted that bear, that
    2-year cub any time over the rest of the summer? We still get excited
    thinking about it. If we could, we'd love to come back to Fourpeaks for
    another vacation . . . we had such a lovely time.
    Love,
    Anita and Andrew

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    Cute bear cub.
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    Bear cub in Cow Pond at Ridge Camp.
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    Cute bear cub napping.
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    Anita and Andrew at Cookout Hill.


    Anita and Andrew report their bear sightings.

    Report of bear sighting at Ridge Camp.

    Tuesday, June 8, early evening. We were in the Well House.
    We heard splashing in the Cow Pond and looked out the window.
    There was a clear spot in the floating algae, through which
    a young bear was poking his head, shaking it and dunking
    back in the water in play. From the tracks he appeared to have
    entered the pond by the Jeep Road at the culvert by camp.

    Martin says this was a 2-year old cub just abandoned by his
    Mom and now all on his own, not yet fearful of human scent,
    a playful adolescent.

    Wednesday June 9, morning, spotted same bear on Blueberry Trail
    near camp. He ran away.

    Wednesday June 9, evening, heard bear breaking brush nearby,
    traveling through woods. Went outside to look, but did not
    sight the bear, just heard him in woods.


    Footnote.Footnote About bears at Fourpeaks.
    CLICK HERE for full size image of me at Ice Mountain. Yes. The bear that Anita and Andrew encountered at Ridge Camp was a cub, an adoloescent shooed off by Mom to live life on his/her own, the way bears do. The same cub returned to the camp after they're visit and was probably responsible for damage to the screen on the from porch. I placed boards across the screen (still in place) after making the repair.
    In the more than 40 years here at Fourpeaks, I've never sighted a bear, and in all that time there have been but four possible encounters.
    Summer 1971. I had a new idea. Instead of burning garbage, which was my practice at the time, I set up a compost pile at the edge of the clearing by The Cabin. Early evening the second day there was loud sounds of crashing brush nearby. It had to be a largish animal, not a dog or an animal of similar size. Must have been a bear.
    Fall 1985. My friend Peter was hunting alone on Stonehouse Road near Bert Williams Farm and claims a cub was in the woods walking in parallel with him at a distance of 50 feet for about 2-3 minutes, then disappeared. Peter is from the city and doesn't do a lot of hunting. Never made a kill he says, just hunts for the exercise and to be outdoors.
    Summer 1990. A very experienced outdoor lady stayed solo at Ridge. When I picked her up I asked about her stay. She told me she sighted a bear on the Southern slope of Rattlesnake, about a 1/4 mile away, with her binoculars.
    Summer 2011. Mike and Maria say they heard a bear several times at night. Definitely not an owl, dog, coyote or bird call, but clearly a bear. When I came to visit them the next day, Mike was off hiking and Maria had the door barred shut with a chair (the way you see them doing it in the movies). I decided not to speak about this with them further, as it might upset her even more.
    For more about bears in the Adirondacks, and about how NOT to leave any food or garbage where they can smell it, see
    Black Bear www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6960.html
    and Prevent Encounters with Black Bears and Avoid Conflicts with Coyotes www.dec.ny.gov/environmentdec/18907.html
    Plan on being a guest here? Make sure you tell me if you see a bear or hear one. Thanks.
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