Today we started out right away working on clearing a spot for our dining tent.After a bit of thought, we have decided that to be on the safe side, we will try to not prepare (and hopefully not consume) food in the yurts until late in the fall when we are sure that the bears are dormant.
Last week Donna heard tell of a bear that had gotten quite use to being fed by the (previous) owner of a nearby cabin, and had recently returned to sit on the front porch, refusing to leave for the (current) owner of said cabin. We are really not interested in trying to deal with a recalcitrant bear (or would that be calcitrant if it was his or her first offense?), so we don't want to give them any excuse to hang around the yurts at least.
We have purchased an old, beat-up pickup truck toolbox, where the locks don't work any longer, but it still latches shut in a (hopefully) bearproof manner.
That particular area hadn't been cleared of the "swamp weed" yet (we believe it is a type of mountain laurel that grows like crazy everywhere here), so we set about pulling out a large patch. Donna came to help out, and shortly afterwards, Mummu and Kenny showed up to help too! In spite of her dicey back, Mummu dove right in, and between her and Kenny, they used our two sets of loppers to trim up stray tree branches galore.
We'll likely spread a bit of sawdust on the gravel tomorrow, and then move the tent over. We're excited to set up our own stove and begin cooking our own food.
Right now Donna is reading The Canine Kalevala to Kenny, and then it's off to bed for all of us.