We just got back last night from a week-long vacation with my husband’s family in the mountains of New Mexico!! It was wonderful and refreshing to say the least. We stayed in this beautiful cabin in the woods with so many windows that made it feel more like fancy camping. We went on several hikes that were breathtaking, watched the World Cup game (sadly), and spent a lot of time reading and connecting. The weather felt more like fall than summer and the air was so dry and fresh.
^Those are the things that made this vacation lovely and refreshing. Wanna know what made the vacation AWESOME?
One day we went hiking and were gone most of the day. When we came home in the afternoon, my husband noticed that the kitchen was a wreck. We all walked in and determined that some animal had broken in the window we left open that afternoon- the screen was pulled off the frame, the coffee maker was knocked over and shattered, our food was everywhere, and three bags of apples were completely eaten. At best we thought it had been a raccoon, so we called our property manager who came out to investigate.
To our surprise he said that there had been a mom and baby bear wandering around the area and he believed the baby bear was the culprit. This was confirmed by a neighbor who came by a little later to check if we were okay because they witnessed the 200-lb baby bear crawling out of our window. We were shocked!
A little later that evening, Owen and I were out on the porch playing guitar and singing when all of the sudden we saw the cub black bear walking up behind us. It was about 20 yards away. We called everyone out and tried to take pictures, even though they didn’t turn out that awesome. We saw the mom bear a little bit behind him…she was a beast, and the game warden estimated she was about 500 lbs! Eventually they walked away.
The property manager called the game warden out because apparently it’s serious business when a bear breaks into a house and finds food. He said that the bear will most likely come back that night. He came and set up a bear trap, which is basically a giant aluminum can with a door on one end. They hang a back of fish and fruit inside. Once the bear grabs the bag, the lever is pulled and the door slams shut, locking the bear inside. Once that happens, the game warden would come back and relocate the bear. Seemed simple.
Within 15 minutes of us heading upstairs to bed, Owen looked out the window and saw the bear already outside the door of the trap. He was just wondering around. We all freaked out and started watching from the upstairs window, but then we couldn’t find him. My father-in-law rushed up and said the bear was at the kitchen window again banging on the window trying to get in. We rushed downstairs and stood in the kitchen watching him. This actually was a really scary experience, and looking back on it, we all wonder what made us think this was a good idea. Surely a 200 pound bear could break that flimsy window like it was a cracker…but we were just too excited.
The bear kept going back and forth between the bear trap outside the house and the kitchen window. We called the game warden and the property manager again to help us! Finally the bear went into the trap and started eating the food, but the TRAP DOOR DIDN’T WORK, so he ran out of the trap without getting caught. Again he was back at the window.
Finally the property manager and game warden came out, did some stuff to scare the bear, and the bear ran off. They never came back! They left the bear trap outside the house the rest of our time there, but there were no more bears to be found. The bears were scared off for good.
Made for an exciting time, that’s for sure 🙂 Check out #wearewibles #andnobletts on Instagram to check out more!
I’m so happy to announce that I had the honor and privilege to guest post on the Paleo Parents blog this past week! I made a yummy & really simple recipe for Balsamic Peach Chicken that is perfect for peach season. I am really proud of this recipe and feel like it represents Kitchenspired well- simple, fresh ingredients, not a lot of effort, & great bold flavors. You need to go check this recipe out! I have already had some people give great feedback.
Check out the recipe here!