While black bears are more prevalent and technically more dangerous, they don't scare me nearly as much as grizzlies. Hiking out of Togwotee this morning I was in constant fear of walking up on a grizzly. I know it's all in my head and there is slim to no chance of having a grizzly encounter but boy does it wear on me. It's also funny that black bears instill no such fear in me. Heck, a couple weeks ago I chased one down to get a picture, but he was too fast. To fight this fear I use my speaker box to blast NOW country hits volume 8 as I walk, you see bears don't like country music. I was also given a free can of bear spray from my new friend Bobby who works at Togwotee Lodge. Long story short I can now hike by myself with a little more confidence.
Tomorrow I'll enter Yellowstone and all of it's thermal awesomeness. I met a couple southbounders and they had nothing but positive things to say. All that is left to do is to survive my big baby fear of sleeping by myself in grizzly country, like right now.
I got a view of the Tetons today, pretty cool.