Imagine this: You’re hiking on the third day of a six day backpacking trip, deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, when you “run into”* a) a rattlesnake… or….. b) a grizzly bear.
*what exactly does “run into” mean? that’s up to you
Which is scarier?
My Facebook friends weighed in the issue, with twice a many folks voting for the grizzly. (Six for the grizzly, three for the snake, and three ties, including one who said “They both scare the Bejeebus outta me.”)
Two friends “liked” the question, but apparently had no time to give it the serious thought it deserved and didn’t make a choice.
While I hiked this morning, I spent a couple of hours pondering the question, and here’s what I came up with:
1. Grizzly bears are big. Way bigger than snakes. Big is scary. (One of my friends commented that she is “still” bigger than a snake, so she was choosing the bear. I’m guessing she’ll rethink her position if she shrinks enough to be smaller than the snake.)
2. But snakes are sneaky. They hide in the bushes next to the trail. And use that “low to the ground” thing to lure you into stepping on them. That’s scary.
3. Grizzlies growl. Don’t like that. But snakes do that rattling thing.
4. So far, it’s a draw.
5. A grizzly bear can come into your tent at night…and eat you. Not good.
6. A snake can come into your tent at night, too. But no eating involved.
7. Grizzly is pulling ahead.
8. If a grizzly bear attacks you, you need some serious acting ability to do the “right thing”: you’re supposed to “play” dead. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t think my 7th grade acting class has adequately prepared me.
9. If you “run into” a snake, you can just be yourself: no acting involved.
10. Grizzly getting scarier.
11. “Night of the Grizzlies.”
12. “Snakes on a Plane.”
13. “Night of the Grizzlies”, no contest.
Looks like I’m with my Facebook buddies on this one.
But I’m so curious to know: where do you weigh in?