He's Wayne and I'm Antoinette. Since July 2010 we've been traveling North America, living full-time in our motorhome (see it at page bottom) with two rescued dogs. Our adventures are chronicled as a virtual retirement and travel memoir. Click a tab below to see our camping history, get answers to full-time RV questions, see our travel map, our dogs, favorite places and things we've noticed along the way.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
My Bear Deterrant Spray Experience
I bent over to pick up a large branch of wood. The trigger was accidently depressed and the spray went harmlessly onto the ground beside me.
Later that afternoon, after shaking some small stones from my shoes, I touched my upper lip. Within seconds, my mouth was burning. Later I scratched my eyelid and thought I surely would go blind from the intense pain. I looked in the mirror -- nothing to see. I washed my hands. Twice. What could it be? I used cold cream and then cool tap water to try to stop the burning. Nothing worked. Without thinking, I touched my lip again. More burning.
Sometime during the nighttime hours, I woke up and thought about the burning. I remembered the accidental spray of the bear deterrant. It must have sprayed onto my shoe -- then I touched the shoe to shake out the stones. I had washed my hands but it took several washings to get the spray off.
I'll be more careful with my bear spray. Maybe I'll buy myself a bear spray holster.
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