This is what occupied a good part of my week:
The Living With Bears in Seward meeting, which I covered for the paper. We had a big problem with bears last summer and earlier this fall, with more bears than usual wandering down from the mountain to snack on our garbage.
This past year four “problem” bears were killed in Seward. During one of those kills, a bullet ricocheted off the bear and hit a young man in the belly. Lucky for him he was wearing heavy fish-processing gear. His coat basically saved his life.
And last month, a boy was swiped by a brown bear as he walked to the bus stop. His backpack saved him from serious injury.
Bears have also tried to break into homes and cars so yeah, it’s a bit of a problem.
At the meeting, I finally got to meet my journalism crush LL, who works for Alaska Fish & Game:
A journalism crush is someone you get really excited over interviewing because you know he/she is going to feed you great quotes.
LL has never let me down. The guy says the coolest things. He’s a writer’s dream. One quote I particularly loved:
Um, I don’t.
Yes, I just wrote a 40-inch story chiding residents for leaving garbage unsecure and hello!, my garbage is unsecure and hello!, bears were in my trash this fall.
Speedwork, baby, and I almost bonked my first mile interval, just wasn’t mentally there. Workout was mile warm-up, 3x mile repeats at 7:30 pace with quarter mile recovery and warmdown.
The second interval felt fantastic–I could have gone on forever. Third was OK, started to get fatigued but held the pace.
Tomorrow, trail run in the mountains–hooray.