Tie Your Toyota

This morning Chris and I stood at the kitchen windows appreciating the early morning light as it touched the nearby mountain peaks.

Chris said looking down towards the yard below, “Oh, I guess you forgot to close the van doors, they are standing wide open!”

I said, “No, I didn’t, I didn’t go anywhere near the van, I haven’t been outside, maybe you forgot to close them last night.”

“No,” he replied, “I would not have left them open like that.”

Zing! –  two pairs of eyes enlarged. Whoosh! –  two sets of legs scrambled for the door and ran down the steps towards the van whose front doors stood wide open as if waiting for passengers to leave on a drive.

Chris cautiously went to the passenger side of the van and peered in. I followed close behind and then we both went to the driver’s side of the van where the other door was hanging open. We peered all through the van, everything looked as we had left it. No scratch marks on the outside, nothing ruffled or messy inside, nothing out of the ordinary – what mysterious forces had been at work?

Then we noticed a subtle tell-tale sign on the driver seat, an easily overlooked small intimation – a few bits of forest ground, pine needles and earth. Hmm…who or what could have opened the van doors?

Our best Sherlock guess was that a bear had walked by the van and with one pull of its huge paw, flung open one of the bear friendly handled doors. After sniffing inside and not smelling anything for breakfast he/she moved on…..but just to make doubly sure, just in case something tasty had been overlooked, or under-sniffed, he/she decided to try again. Not finding anything that could be construed as suitable food, the bear moved on, apparently not as excited about closing the doors as opening them.

Thankfully our van survived a shredding by a disappointed bear (if indeed it was a bear).

And then we remembered, just about the same time one year ago, Chris and I were sitting inside the van with doors open when we looked up and saw a bear ambling by us three feet away. Perhaps he/she was coming for its yearly visit? Maybe it was looking for us instead of food!

What could have been a disaster, turned out as a humorous anecdote.

But… from now on (hopefully) we will remember to lock the van doors!

As an old Biblical saying goes:

Trust in God, but remember to tie your Toyota!

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9 Responses to Tie Your Toyota

  1. 2Spools says:

    Very enterprising bears!

  2. Jayashri Fairclough says:

    Great bear tale! Did you take that photo too?

  3. Alison says:

    You lock dem doors an’ dat ol’ bear will jus pick up dat van and throw it around to get it open 🙂
    Seriously though, been into a cabin in the far north in the spring. A bear had been there before us and literally hurled a full size fridge around the cabin to get it open. Another year, another camp – every cupboard and drawer in the kitchen ripped to pieces and every surface covered in blood (from broken glass jars and bottles) and bear hair. He’d come in by breaking down a solid oak door.

    • smallpebbles says:

      Yikes! Yes, maybe it was good luck the car doors were unlocked – another friend wrote to say a bear smashed open the car windows! Yikes, when they are hungry what is a fridge or a car! Thanks for responding….hope you are enjoying your traveling on…..we will be on the road again soon…..shanti and cheers…kai

  4. dadirri7 says:

    Spine-tingling tale of the untied Toyota …. do you have bears dropping by often?

    • smallpebbles says:

      HI! Well, bears do come around this area as it is in the mountains and some people don’t use bear proof garbage bins. Also, there is a park nearby and people leave their food waste around, so bears are use to easy pickings here. But other people have since written how bears have broken into a car by smashing windows, so maybe it was lucky the car was unlocked!

  5. Stephanie Jill Rudd says:

    Wow! The most we get round here is stray cats and they don’t open car doors! Wow!

    • smallpebbles says:

      Yes, good for some entertainment! A friend wrote that a bear smashed open her friend’s car windows to get inside, so guess we were lucky! When bears are hungry….watch out! Don’t know how recently they have come out of hibernation so they must be especially wanting to eat! Cheers!

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