After arriving on Mt. Hopkins in Arizona, USA, with almost no problems, I explored the area. However, this was a little different from Germany, there were dangerous animals here. I didn’t see a rattlesnake, but I did see a bear. The first time I was on my way to the telescope, which was another 3km walk with 200m elevation gain. And then, 400 meters from the finish line, the bear crossed my path, not far from me. Luckily next to other buildings of the observatory, so that I could radio from there to ask if someone could pick me up from the telescope. Which they did, but they also felt that I was more scared than I needed to be. And of course the bear was no longer to be seen.
On the day of my departure I walked to the telescope again in the light, this time I heard the bear first. A few branches snapped under his weight. But it was also nice how he looked out of the tree, so I got a good photo.