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My Amazing Trip Through the Rocky Mountains - Part 3

Updated on September 10, 2012

The Rocky Mountains - My Amazing Trip - Part 3

By Dexter Yarbrough. At the end of Part 2, you may recall, I had laid down amongst all the night time nature noises to get some much needed rest. After falling down and being watched by deer earlier, the happenings that day really took a toll on me! I slept well after going to the, uh, bathroom!

I woke up early in the morning and went down to that stream I mentioned (in Part 2), washed, brushed my teeth and prepared to start on my trek. The morning air was crisp and the sun had a beautiful smile. As I packed up my things, I heard a very loud sound. It seems as if small sounds are amplified in a mountain forest! I heard the sound again, but the difference was, I FELT the sound as well. Then I suddenly realized - my stomach was growling! Those nuts and dried fruit just would not do!

My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me

When you decide to go camping, alone, in the mountains - you need a plan. My plan was not working very well. I found toilet paper at the camping area at Bellaire Lake - so I, uh, relieved that issue. In my opinion, I figured I handled the cow and deer problem well.

And it was at that moment that I started having thoughts of venison meat and Angus burgers. I don't eat red meat, but the thoughts were coming fast and furious and my stomach was growling loudly. Have you ever been hungry and started to panic? I was looking around for an apple tree. Yes. In the mountains. I thought about catching one of those deer. But heck, I don't have a rifle and even if I did, I wouldn't know how to skin it and what parts to eat! Plus, I think there is some federal law about killing deer in national parks.

The thought of buttermilk pancakes smothered in maple syrup, biscuits in country gravy and scrambled eggs danced in my head. But all I could see was dead wood and pine trees. OK, I told myself. Now is not the time to panic. Gather your belongings, stop thinking about your hunger and continue along the path.

I'm a Man!

'Man up,' I told myself. What did the brave people that headed west across the then United States territories to a new life do when they were hungry? Man up! What did the hungry slaves do when they headed north from brutal conditions in the south? Man up!

But just when I started to man up, I saw it moving out in the distance. Is it another deer? No. It wasn't as tall. Was it a raccoon? Nope. It was larger. Was it a lion??!!! I wanted to EAT, not be EATEN! After a few seconds, I settled down in my mind. Whatever it was, I could handle it. I AM A MAN!

Once, in elementary school, I was afraid of a bully. He was shorter than me, but had this mean look on his face all the time, you know, for an 11 year old. Things that are ugly to us quickly turn into fear if we don't face them. So one day he was being his threatening self. I don't know what got into me, but I walked up to him and threw him down in the snow. He didn't retaliate or fight back. He just got up, muttered a few words and walked off. I never had a problem with him again. Wouldn't it be great if we could face all of our fears this way?

Suddenly, it started a slow trot in my direction after coming out of the high grass. A COYOTE! And what did I do? Watch the clip to the right!

Coyote
Coyote | Source

I'm a Man - 2!

Hell yes, I ran and screamed! And you would have, too! Coyotes eat people, right? But after about 150 feet, I stopped running. Why? Because there was nothing chasing me. I looked back and that coyote was just watching me. It had this look as if it was saying, "I really wish these ignorant humans would stay in their smog-filled cities." I got the sense that it was laughing at me for my initial reaction. Then it had a look of pity. "God gave man dominion over the earth and animals yada, yada and this dude is running from me like he stole something. Dude, chill out. It ain't that serious. I would really rather have a rabbit!"

I made it my business to stay a good distance away. It turned into a great opportunity to take a few photos. That coyote posed as if it came natural. Finally, it scampered off in another direction, giggling at me. Once again, I conquered a fear. I was proud of myself. I continued along my journey, stopping to take photos of the beautiful surrounding areas. I am a man!

If you think about it, there is one good thing about fear (and a short run through the mountain forest). It can quickly make you forget about being hungry!

Stay tuned for the conclusion of my Amazing Trip Through the Rocky Mountains.

Copyright 2011 - Dexter Yarbrough

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      Evi Lopez 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Dexter,

      He, he... I loved your manly reaction (scream and run). It's funny how one forgets how hungry one is until they realize they could be anothers' dinner. Glad to hear the coyote found you to be too funny to even chase you for fun. Once again, thanks for the laughs.

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      Sharon Douglas 5 years ago from GA, United States

      Awesome writing! Love your experiences you had me laughing! You are so funny!!!! Good pic. choices for illustrations ;) and yes we can't forget the video.

      Very well done!

      Vote up, beautiful and awesome.

      Take care

      Sharon

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      applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      looks like an incredible adventure. i would love to do this one day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, Another great read in your ongoing adventures in the Rocky Mountains, although I found Part 3 nerve racking and exausting!! I worry for your safety!

      Fantastic photos and the video clip was a clever touch:-)

      Voting up, take care and see you soon.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Faithful Daughter! Thanks for checking it out. It was a great time, actually. Stay tuned for the last part.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sharon. Thank you so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Applejuic3! It was really cool. Come back and check out the conclusion!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Movie Master! The ordeal was exhausting! Check out the conclusion, coming soon! Thanks so much!

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      iZeko 5 years ago

      I see that fear can also be fun… when it is happening to other people ;-)) You've got all my votes! Looking forward to the next part.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well everything you do is amazing Mister D - your photography, your writing (your legendary White House behind closed doors series) and your road trips - lol - you are just one amazing man and you have the impeccable good taste to follow the epi-man - lol - and believe me, I have told the entire world - about you!

      lake erie time 6:45am my first cup of coffee and watching the daybreak over the lake -

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi iZeko! Yes, I guess fear can be fun! Thanks so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Epi! It is indeed an honor to follow and have you check out my stuff! Thanks for all your support!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      You did a good job manning up by running from that coyote....hahahaha hehehehe.....lol

      Hi Dexter, I didn't mean to laugh but I can't help it. I would like to have been there to see you chased by air!

      What did you eat?

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Cardisa! It WAS funny. I wasn't laughing then but I can now. What did I eat? The conclusion is coming up! Thanks so much!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Screaming and running seems like a sensible solution,unless it encourages the animal to run after you.I think animals do know what cameras are. When I was taking some pictures of horses last week, I could swear they were posing for the camera.voted up funny,and the rest of the way across.

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Hilarious. You know you are not really starven if you have energy enough left to scream and run.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You are the MAN, no doubt about it, Dex. And that coyote does have a look of pity in his eyes. Hope you find sustenance soon so you will have the strength to write another chapter. Heh, heh.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Dahoglund! I am with you. There is no shame in running for self-preservation. And yes, I think animals know exactly what cameras are. Thanks so much!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi FitnezzJim! Yeah, you are right. I was running pretty fast for a hungry man! Thanks!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks, DRBJ! But YOU are the MAN! The conclusion is forthcoming!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Dex, I think I would have done exactly the same thing, and you really had me laughing watching the Home Alone clip. Ya never know what you're going to come across when camping in the Rocky Mountains... I always have my bear spray handy just in case! Looking forward to the conclusion..

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Cloverleaf! I am so happy to know that I am not the only person who would have runaway! Thanks so much!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Dexter!

      My stomach is sore. Not from dried fruits and nuts but from being doubled over with laughter.

      Yes you are a man. A very funny one I might add.

      Voted up, up and away! Amazing pictures too!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Sueswan! You say the nicest things! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for the conclusion!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Thank God the coyote didn't turn you into a burger! You are very funny and brave! Up funny, interesting and awesome.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Pop! Yeah, you're right. Fun time. Thanks!!!!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      ROFLMAO!!

      Actually, it is remotely possible to have a "coyote problem". When Pam and I lived in western Colorado a few years ago, there was one incident where a man out for exercise when he was approached by two coyotes...and bitten.

      But that was simply the news story, his side of it. They never interviewed the coyotes.

      I was laughing so hard at this Hub, I had to stop in the middle of the coyote encounter to let Pam know what the hysterical cackling sound from the office MEANT!

      After all, no good flight from a ferocious, man-eating predator is complete without lusty screams for accompaniment. Uh...just FYI...in case you ever again hear the Call of the Wild...and come face to face with a big ol' tom mountain lion (cougar)...running and screaming is somewhat un-recommended.

      A coug still wouldn't likely jump on a full-sized man, but that IS "prey behavior". If anything could trigger a big meat-eater's predatory instinct to "chase and kill", that would do it!

      Still laughing...okay, down to a sh*t-eating grin now....

      Voted Up and Hilarious et al. ("Et" pun intended)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well i guess you can see where i've spent my evening, reading one of the most intertaining stories ever. I loved it. You were born to write. You bring we the people close. Thank you my friend. God bless you.

      Smiles

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Thank YOU, Always Exploring! I am so glad you enjoyed reading about my adventure!

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      feenix 5 years ago

      Hello again, Dexter,

      Your Rockie Mountains adventure is a real cool account of an excellent adventure.

      However, I must advise you that you were in violation of one of the most important codes there is among mountain men and that is, all mountain men eat red meat, and plenty of it ;-)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Feenix! Thanks. Yeah, the red meat thing. I am not sure if I will ever be able to come into compliance!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Oh, boy, how did I miss this one??? This is so funny, Dexter. I visualized your hair raising adventures in the mountains. I'm so glad you escaped both from being eaten alive and starvation. LOL! Amazing photographs as usual! Thanks!!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Sannel! It was an amazing trip! I did make it out alive to tell the story! Thank you so much! It was the trip of a lifetime!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is more? Where is it? The photos are spectacular! Did you use a digital camera for those? Great story my friend!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Billybuc! I sent the link to the conclusion in your most recent hub. I did use a digital camera. Thank you!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      you are so great on capturing the beauty of the rocky mountains. part of me wanted to go to mountain adventure again!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Unknown Spy! Thank you very much! You should take up a trip. Now is a great time!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I am so glad I came hunting for some more of your hubs Dexter because as always there was a treat in store for me.

      I vote across,up and share for this one. Thank you so much and here's to so many more to follow.

      Eddy.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Eddy! Thanks so much! I really appreciate your support.

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