While up the valley today helping a friend clean up after flood damage a large male grizzly bear stepped out on the river bank. He sized us up from about 50 metres away and wanted to go downstream, but didn't want to walk through the area where we were near the river. He nonchalantly jumped in the river, swam around us and downstream a ways and climbed back out of the river and carried on with his business, which I am sure was patrolling for something good to eat. Fish and fish carcasses are not overly abundant right now, so we wished him luck. He was a beautiful colour.
Flood cleanup is ongoing, as are road repairs. The more stories you hear from people and the events they went through during the flood the more you have to admire the human spirit to persevere. I wish I had time to collect them all for a book or something because in the lore of Bella Coola history the Great Flood of 2010 will be passed from generation to generation. Grizzly
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