Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Longest Night

The Longest Night
Rating ***

This article is funny, shows you how careful you have to be when out in the wild and how you always have be prepared.

The article “The Longest Night” is about a man named Eric who went on a solo canoe trip. Eric finds himself in a sticky situation when it starts raining, it is dark and he has to hang his food. Knowing that he is in bear country and he must hang his food, and because it was dark and cold and he was inexperienced he hung his food on a branch that left the bag dangling close to his tent. Later that night he heard some heavy breathing coming from outside his tent. When he looked out he saw that a bear had climbed up the tree and took his food sac. After the bear took his food, Eric thought
it would leave. But the bear didn’t leave so he tried making different sounds to scare the bear but nothing seemed to work. The whole night he sat outside his tent with his back to the water waiting to see what would happen. When it started to become light again he saw 3 cubs in a tree, 30 feet off the ground and about
20 feet away from his tent. The cubs slowly came down from the tree and the mother waited for them to get down then left. He said it was like a scene from a Disney movie. Luckily he had stored some food by a stream near his camp so he finished his trip on eggs and butter.

This article really helps you learn that you have to be prepared and very careful when you are camping alone or even with someone. It makes you think about what could happen if those bears wanted more food and decided that Eric would be the food. Overall this article was good and I enjoyed reading it.

The Longest Night by Eric Kundsen, Lee, Massachusetts , Paddler page 48

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