Travels with the Bear in Utah

I may not be the first person to photograph these 800-year-old Indian Ruins with their Teddy Bear.

But I don’t suspect there have been too many others before me who did.

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27 Comments on “Travels with the Bear in Utah”

  1. steph Says:

    Haha! Very cute. And you’re probably right: perhaps not many before you have taken a photo there with their bear. Wouldn’t it be cool if you were the first?

  2. steph Says:

    PS. What kind of Native Americans?

  3. Friar Says:


    The spot is well-documented on the maps of the National Park. Enough hikers go there.

    But it takes a bit of effort. Several hours by 4WD truck on some pretty rough roads. Followed by a good 1 hour hike.

    I’d LIKE to think I was the first…it’s not totally unthinkable. 😀

  4. Friar Says:


    Oh, I forget what tribe. This was in CanyonLands National Park, in Southeastern Utah.

    You can probably google it.

  5. Eyeteaguy Says:

    How do you know they are ruins and not just a pile of rocks?

    Then you would feel silly for going to all that effort to take a picture.

    I have a big rock in my front yard you can put you teddy on and take a picture. For free and you don’t need a 4×4 to get here. Or a guide, just google maps.


  6. Wendi Kelly Says:

    Still waiting for the *Little Bear Goes Everywhere* book.

    ( I think I just made up that title- you can steal it if you want.)

    It would be SO CUTE and kids would love it and what better way for them to learn about the world? Your ticket out of widget world is right there cuddled up next to you…just saying…

  7. Brett Legree Says:

    Cool photo.

    But they don’t look at all like ruined Indians 😉

  8. Amy Says:

    Friar, I think your bear is better traveled than I am. I think I need to plan a vacation. A very LONG vacation.

  9. Karen JL Says:

    Resisting. Attempt. To. Derail. Comments…

    Awesome photo.


  10. Friar Says:


    Indian ruins? Or maybe something some dumb-ass teenagers did?

    Who knows?

    But if you look at the pile of rocks, someone went through a lot of effort to stack them there like that, in the middle of butt-F**ck nowhere, far from all water and food.

    The Bear thought that alone, was worth the photo.

    That’s one of my MANY projects on my “To-do” list! 😀


    I’m sure it looked better in 1209 AD. You probably hadda be there….

  11. Friar Says:


    I highly recommend a big road trip like this.

    It helps if you get laid off, and are living with your parents at the time, and you have a huge line of credit.


    Thank you for showing such remarkable restraint!

    A day like yesterday was enough, for the next month.

  12. Brett Legree Says:

    I’ll ask Olaf – he was there.

  13. Friar Says:


    That’s be a pretty impressive hike, from the shores of Newfoundland to the Colorado Plateau.

  14. Brett Legree Says:

    Well, they did make it as far as Minnesota, apparently. Colorado wouldn’t be much more, and hey, it *is* the Vikings we’re talking about, not some candy-ass group of city-folk…

  15. Amy Says:

    When I quit my old job, I took a greyhound bus to San Francisco. I smuggled my pet rabbit onto the greyhound bus, so I did have a travel buddy of sorts. Not the same as a road trip (with a car) but got to stop every few hours, which was nice. I didn’t have a teddy bear though, or even a digital camera back then. But some of the views of the mountains were amazing. I wish I’d had camera.

  16. Friar Says:


    That’s pretty impressive. How does one smuggle a bunny aboard a bus?

  17. Friar Says:


    And then they formed an NFL football team, right?

  18. Amy Says:

    @Friar — I bought a little pouch, the kind that are meant for carrying around small pups (under 8lbs, according to the label). I also purchased a bunny harness and leash (yes they make those), which secured the bunny into the pouch. I then wore a baggy sweater so everyone on the bus assumed I was pregnant. Several folks sitting around me on the bus saw her, but everyone kept my secret. And non of the drivers caught on. The bus stops every few hours, so I let her out to go potty in the grass. Seriously, I am not making this up. I actually submitted the story of it to, who published it a while back. Here is the link, which may or may not show up since I’m not sure how to hyperlink in a comment:
    *disclaimer: I do not recommend anyone try this at home, as I didn’t sleep for two or three days, however long it took

  19. Friar Says:


    I checked out the link.

    Hey, that’s a pretty cool story!

  20. Kyddryn Says:

    Cool – I think travel distinguishes a bear.

    Shade and Sweetwater,

  21. Amy Says:

    Thanks Friar. 🙂

    I’m sure your bear has some great stories to tell also. Hehe.

  22. Friar Says:


    Yes…he’s quite distinguished, at this point.

    Yeah…I think I’m going to have to put them all down in a book, like Wendi sez.

  23. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Why isn’t your bear wearing any clothes?

    I didn’t realize this was a porn site.

    He is bear naked!


  24. Friar Says:


    It was Utah…people are more laid back there.

    When in Rome…

  25. Friar's Mom Says:

    @ Eyepunsterguy,

    That was clever. You’re funny.

  26. Cath Lawson Says:

    LOL – Great pic Friar. Utah is high on my must see places. Don’t think I’ll be taking my teddy though.

  27. Friar Says:

    @Eyepunsterguy just gave me a compliment. (???)

    You’re MESSING with me. I know it.

    I saw Utah for the first time 8 years ago, and I’ve been back twice.

    It’s one of the most beautiful places in North America, I reckon. Even better than the Grand Canyon.

    The only thing that I think tops Utah, are the glaciers and moutains of the Alberta Rockies.

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