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  • Jennifer Dowd

A Brief Visit to Neilson Regional Park – June 18, 2023

Nature has a way of surprising us when we least expect it. Sometimes, a leisurely day out in a serene park can take an exhilarating turn. Join me as I recount my recent visit to Neilson Regional Park, where an encounter with wildlife cut our adventure short but left us with an unforgettable experience.

On an overcast and rainy Saturday morning, Baylee (my fur baby) and I decided to explore the beautiful Neilson Regional Park, known for its tranquil trails and picturesque views. Nestled in the heart of nature, the park promised a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Excitement filled the air as we eagerly anticipated our outdoor adventure.

As we made our way into the park, a sign caught our attention. It depicted a bear, clearly indicating its presence in the area. Initially, the sight of the sign triggered a mixture of curiosity and concern. While we were keen on exploring, the thought of encountering a bear gave us pause. After a brief look around, we decided that it would be best to prioritize our safety and abide by the park's guidelines. Although disappointed, we acknowledged the importance of respecting nature's boundaries and the necessity of caution in wildlife habitats. Reluctantly, we turned back, leaving our anticipated journey within the park unfulfilled.

While our visit to Neilson Regional Park may have been short-lived, the encounter with the bear sign highlighted the power and unpredictability of the natural world. It served as a reminder that we are mere guests in these habitats and must show reverence for the creatures that call them home. It's a humbling experience when we realize that our presence, however temporary, can have consequences for the wildlife that resides there. Although we didn't get to explore the trails there are numerous ways to appreciate and observe nature without endangering ourselves or the animals we encounter.

While our visit to Neilson Regional Park may have been cut short by the presence of a bear in the area, it left an indelible mark on our minds. It reinforced the importance of respecting wildlife and the significance of conserving their natural habitats.

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