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06 February 2014

Bears Can Climb Trees


Did you know that some bears can climb trees with exceptional speed and agility?

However, this is February 6th, and you know what that means.


I had this nice little tree-climbing photo for you, and I was going to post it, all safe and sound, when I thought--when was the last time I climbed a tree? My little siblings and cousins often seem to be found in trees, but for some reason, we adults rarely seem to make it off the ground. So I went out and attempted to climb an old cherry tree in my backyard. And I discovered why adults don't usually climb trees: it's hard! I didn't make it too far up the tree, but I definitely burned off some spare energy merely making it to the first big branch, which is about the same height as my neck. (Maybe another reason: adults have less spare energy? And another: we have a better grasp on how hard the ground really is?)

I needed a little exercise anyway, and the tree-climbing adventure was way more fun than my Pilates DVD. But maybe next time I want to go tree-climbing I'll bring a ladder with me. Because that's a point in favor of being an adult: you know where the ladders are stored AND you won't get in trouble for using them.

Because if a bear can do it, so can you and I. (Wait? How is that logical? Bears hibernate in caves and catch raw fish with their mouths while standing in cold rivers...they're bears. We're humans. Why don't they teach logic in schools these days?)

Ignore logic for the moment. When was the last time you climbed a tree?
Inge Jane said...

I used to climb trees all the time when I was younger. I think the last time I even "tried" to climb a tree was in college, and I don't think it went as well as it used to haha.

Elizabeth M said...

Last time I climbed a tree...over the summer haha. I was still pretty good at it!

Charlene Maugeri said...

haha this is awesome! I just love your writing. And I think the last time I climbed a tree was a couple Christmases ago with my little cousins. This made me want to go do it again. But maybe i'll wait till all this snow melts.

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I was hoping you'd have a photo of you climbing a tree! I'd probably end up completely scratched up!

Jamie said...

Oh my gosh. I cannot remember the last time I tried to climb a tree but i am pretty sure that if I did try, I would fall and break my arse.

jackie jade said...

I don't remember the last time I climbed a tree! but it's amazing how much harder things are as an adult. I did cartwheels over the summer and my back hurt the next day ha.
-- jackie - jade and oak

Mary @marygoround4 said...

I can't remember the last time I did! I watched my little cousins climb this past summer. I do have great memories of climbing and swinging around at my grand parents house when I was younger. On a side note, I'm jealous of bears because they get to hibernate and I want sleep!!!!

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

LOL! I've climbed trees recently with my kids. It's a lot scarier as an adult, that's fo sho. Nothing wrong with getting out the ladder!

Madison @ Wetherills Say I Do said...

I can't remember for the life of me the last time I climbed a tree...probably when I was 12? My husband recently climbed a tree with his cousins, which was cute to watch! They're younger. It's fun to do things we only used to do as kids though :)

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I was never good at climbing trees. This bear looks right at home though.

I totally agree…just go and get the ladder! LOL

bisous
Suzanne

Carolynn Markey said...

I don't climb trees, I'm terrified of heights! :P

Amanda Jaynes said...

Tree climbing is totally my jam! It always makes my husband nervous, but I'm all about it. And you're right- it's actually really great exercise!

Lenya said...

Well I don't climb trees because I am afraid of breaking my heels ;-)

Elsha said...

Climbing tree=pilates :) I used to love climbing tree's when I was young, but then we moved to a house without any trees :(

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Bahahah! Bear posts always make my day! :D
I can't even remember the last time I climbed a tree!

Krysten Gautreaux said...

I honestly think I haven't climbed a tree since I was a kid, how sad is that?

Zia @ Bits of Days said...

Not so sure actually... A long time ago I guess, haha. When I was little we had a mango tree which branches hung quite low. It was to climb, so I climbed it sometimes... But there were a lot of fire ants!

Haley said...

I should not climb trees. Every time that I have, I get stuck because I am so afraid of climbing down. I do remember my girlfriend and I found a really big tree when we were in grade eight and we named it.. something quite immature, that I won't repeat- but we used to go and climb it all of the time. There's something about being up in a tree.. I know that sounds kind of dumb, but it feels really freeing being up so high, looking out at everything. (I got better at climbing down from that tree, but I did have the same problems climbing down in the beginning.) I would SO climb a tree if someone put a ladder beside me, so I could get down easily! Smart cookie.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a fun bear! It's been way too long since I climbed a tree.

Bri said...

I nominated you for the Liebster Award! diarymadhousewife-blog.blogspot.com

Eva Marie Taylor said...

This is awesome! We used to "penny drop" from this one branch on our tree...like when you hang upside down by your knees and swing back and forth and flip off. I would probably break my neck! Climbing trees was so much fun but I'm not sure I'd even be able to pull myself up onto a tree!! Haha!
Eva Marie

Jennifer Prod said...

all these bear pictures are too funny - you should compile all of them into a slideshow or shortfilm or some 'great adventures of the bear' tale :)

Theresa Sutton said...

Good question. I honestly can't remember the last time I climbed a tree. However, I have a feeling that if my daughter is anything like me when I was her age, I'm going to become very familiar with the process again.

Kari said...

I love this!! You are so fun! You're right that climbing trees is way harder as an adult. So is doing the monkey bars. I tried doing them a few months ago and couldn't do it! I guess kids are just a lot lighter and more limber:)

Cate @ Wild Ruffle said...

Hard to climb trees right now in MN, as they're covered in snow and ice. But my 8 year old daughter inspires me - she LOVES climbing trees and it's fun to do it together. :)

Nikki said...

This month of Adventure series is really interesting.. I don't think I've climbed a tree since I was a kid. Now I'm not so sure I could. :) haha
xoxo,
Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

Barbara Bermond said...

I love the first photo!

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DetroitDuchess said...

This post made me laugh. I was never really the climbing trees type (I left that up to my fearless sister) but all this snow makes me long for the days where we used to play outside all day, build snow forts and go sledding. I think I need to get some snow pants, lol!

aki! said...

Haha. That looks hilarious. Can't be easy.

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