Originally Posted by atravlr
Just work a little harder, save a little more money and splurge for a decent room. There will always be time to camp in other areas. It is not enjoyable to sleep with one eye open in bear country. I've been there and learned my lesson. My trash was stolen/rummaged in the night and I did not hear a thing. Maybe my snoring was enough of a deterrent.
If you hadn't left your trash out where a bear could get it you would not have had a problem. CLEAN camping is the key. Safe camping in bear country is not that big of a deal as long as you respect where you are and who you are sharing the woods with.