He was driving around in California, looking for work and couldn't find any. He decided to go sleep out under the stars, partly because he liked it and partly because he couldn't afford two bits for a room.
He went as far as he could possibly push his old car, enjoyed the view, had a bite to eat, and then put his bed roll down on the ground close to his car. He slept well until about dawn, when something wet fell on his face.
He opened his eyes to find a bear sniffing him, with both paws on his shoulders. He was paralyzed, but really really afraid that the bear was going to follow that lick by a little nip. He said the only thing he could think of.
The bear scrambled away from him and stopped, so Jack said, "BOO!" The bear turned and ran, but Jack and bed roll were in the car with it cranked before Mr. Bear had made a full turn.
When he got to town and had washed the bear slobber off, he found that the bear had actually been quite polite. He had eaten all the crackers and bread that were in the car, and left all the wrappings in the front seat near the open window. He licked all the jelly out of the jar and it was as clean as it could be and sitting upright on the floorboard.
Mom & Wife to Philmont Trekers, 1999 & 2001
Committee Member, Troop 424
Sam Houston Area Council
Trading Post Staff, 1997 & 2001 National Jamboree
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