John Harrigan: Dumpster-diving bears, rockets and a real patriotic ending
I liked the way the New Hampshire Union Leader's Bob Hookway put it: "Families of unruly black bears seeking food have been hauling trash out of dumpsters and throwing it around, threatening to tap into a store's grain supply, and generally alarming campground visitors."
Carole Clark, at the Scenic View Campground, said that the bears are scaring customers (somehow this reminds me of the old adage that once the camel's nose is under the tent the entire camel comes in), and that when some campers went to the dumpster to throw some trash (i.e., to a bear, food), they couldn't because the dumpster was full of bears. (Imagine a hapless camper encountering the rear-ends of dumpster-diving bears.)
If I did, I'd stand up at town meeting and advocate reopening the town dump.
That's where we went as teenagers on double dates to be up close and personal in a touchy-feely way with the bears, or something.
When the town of Jefferson was forced to close its dump, the rats had to go somewhere, which was my house on Route 2 just beyond the Waumbek Golf Course, where Cedric Phelps Road comes in.
The ATV thing is taking off like Warren's rocket (sort of), and will, I think, eclipse snowmobiling in three years or less.
The Fourth is the only major holiday without a guilt trip. It's everybody's birthday.
We could have joined the parade, but preferred to park the Jeep in a tight spot on Main Street (hey, that's what Jeeps do best), and the owner of a '54 Jeep backed up to give me extra space.
John Harrigan's column appears weekly in the New Hampshire News. His address is Box 39, Colebrook NH 03576. Email him at email@example.com.
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