Thanks buddy. I wasn't all that afraid initially as I encounter about 10-20 bears a year in my trips in the mountains... almost always black bears. One thing I have learned is that black bears behave much differently than Grizzlies. However, as the events played out, mom, got more and more brazen. After the last stare down incident, she and and jr approached me much closer than I was comfortable with on the opposite side of the road. I quickly realized that I had only provided a narrow corridor between me and the steep drop off on the side of the road. Mom was very insistent on passing and going up towards the pass which still has me baffled as the salmon were in the valley below. Some of the camera footage (not shown) was very shaky as I was holding the camera with one hand and had my other hand on the starter. I had my engine off the entire time :eek1 The reality is, if mom had charged, I suspect I may have choked in a moment of panic. Despite their clumsy gate, I've seen bears haul arse like a greyhounds when necessary. They are much quicker and faster than they look. I never under estimate them. I was happy that mom was well behaved and obviously accustomed to people and vehicles. Maybe not motorbikes. Jr was soo cute and he kept trying to mimic mom in the road and would stand up to get better views of me.. he was very curious and even tried approaching me. In ever case, mom would growl and grunt, jr would quickly retreat behind her or back to the side of the road. Very well trained youngster. I suspect that this was his (her?) last year with mom as he seemed pretty well along in size. It was definitely a memorable highlight of my adventures. I'm glad I get to share it. In any event.. just trying to live up to my nick name.