While I walked to the restroom in the dark, my eyes were having trouble adjusting to the blackness after being in the fluorescent lighting. So just a few feet removed from the restroom, I turned on my headlamp.
And there, directly in front of me was a black bear.
I’ve encountered a lot of bears in the wild, but I had never been this close. I was close enough that I could feel his breath. I could have reached out and touched him.
I stared at the bear.
The bear stared at me.
This went on for several seconds, but it felt like an eternity. Then the bear grunted, turned, and walked away.