That is why I no longer hike in the mountains. I used to go out all the time when I lived in Europe. Not anymore. Its just to dangerous between cougars and bears you just never know.
When I took sky drive in Shenandoah park several years ago (took my visiting relative there) the bears crossed the road right in front of my car twice. First time I thought my eyes are deceiving me, but nope, real bear. Of course those are black bears (which are not very dangerous), but still...
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."
"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."
"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."