Motel in Luray, VA

Shenandoah Bears

Shenandoah National Park. Stunning views, meeting with bears, storm at night, a ride from German tourists to the motel, then back to the trail.

So here you are, a bear. Oops, bears. My second time I saw them. The first was at the Lake Tahoe, a baby with mother. I ran away between them. Later I learned: first, I should not run; second, they were grizzly! I ran away alive, even it looked like I should not. Thankyouthankyouthankyou…

I read about black bears a day before start the trail and this time did everything that was prescribed. So. When I felt that somebody is staring at me, I raised my eyes to him. On it. Behind the branches, a few steps ahead. I was afraid to use a whistle, started singing instead and walk backward. Probably the bear’s thoughts were “what an idiot” as it did not move, just kept staring at me. A few seconds later the baby crossed the path. A couple of steps ahead, and I would find myself in between mother and baby. Phew…

A horrible thunderstorm at night, just when I was going to set a tent. I jumped on the empty road at the moment when a car was passing me. They turned around! A German family, we arrived at the motel together.

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Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.