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Eh... they've seen you, you just didn't get a chance to wave.

I see tracks sometimes on my lunch hour rides behind town. I'll take my chances with them any day over night riding in Tacoma....
 

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For sure. I tell my wife "the most dangerous thing I do is drive to the trail head"(when I drive to the trail head). Lately I tell her "If some thing happens to me out there, there's a good chance I'll get it on video"... she doesn't like that one as much. That's just a particularly scary lookin' group of rabblerouser's there. We see track's out behind the house all the time too. We're just a couple minutes from this side of the L.T.Murray... about 4.5 miles west of Selah. We'll have to add "nice kitty...nice kitty" to our "hey bear.... hey bear"... I caught myself on video once singing "The Flintstones" once on a trail on the Oregon Coast surrounded by juicy berries.
 

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I stopped at Palisades (to photograph the old store) and in a conversation with one of the ranchers in the area was told that if I were planning to bicycle Douglas Creek I should probably take a gun with me. I did cycle Douglas but I thought long and hard about it and might consider it if I solo there again.

Moses Coulee is pretty active in the warmer months with the big RV area there. I'll bet those pics were a BIG hit with the folks who spend weekend time with their kids at Rimrock Meadows!!!

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For sure. I tell my wife "the most dangerous thing I do is drive to the trail head"(when I drive to the trail head). Lately I tell her "If some thing happens to me out there, there's a good chance I'll get it on video"... she doesn't like that one as much. That's just a particularly scary lookin' group of rabblerouser's there. We see track's out behind the house all the time too. We're just a couple minutes from this side of the L.T.Murray... about 4.5 miles west of Selah. We'll have to add "nice kitty...nice kitty" to our "hey bear.... hey bear"... I caught myself on video once singing "The Flintstones" once on a trail on the Oregon Coast surrounded by juicy berries.
When I was a kid (1950s) I could ride my bike anywhere and never see a critter. No one saw wolves, grizzlies, or cougars... and no one saw bald eagles either. Now they're all back and suddenly it's more clear to me why our grandparents killed 'em off.

They didn't get all the rattlesnakes though. (But most of them, I think.)

I love the "I'll get it on video" line. I have had the same thought... but about cars.

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washington_desert_rat said:
When I was a kid (1950s) I could ride my bike anywhere and never see a critter. No one saw wolves, grizzlies, or cougars... and no one saw bald eagles either. Now they're all back and suddenly it's more clear to me why our grandparents killed 'em off...
you can always ride in a large urban parking lot. Nothing but pavement and people. I'm sure it's safe.
 

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you can always ride in a large urban parking lot. Nothing but pavement and people. I'm sure it's safe.
The cars are scarier than the cougars. I'm always curious about the folks who drive around the parking lot at 30mph and then get out and walk with their kids to the stores. :madman:

(I've never used that smiley before... kinda fun.)

But when a local rancher (who presumably rides horses in the area a lot) tells you to carry a gun and the paper publishes photos of 7 cougars in Douglas County I start to think again about solo riding in areas where critters can jump down at you. Still, it does beat parking lots.

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