6. Squirrel sits on rock and says 'nah, nah, nah'
The bear came down the hill at a lazy trot toward the Eielson visitor center. We watched from the safety of our bus as it crossed the road and disappeared over the hill into a small patch of scrubby bushes.
Five green school buses emptied of their tourists sat forlorn and abandoned in the parking lot, ours soon to join them. Our bus emptied before it stopped as everyone ran toward the center, 'Where's the bear?, Where's the bear?'.
Over the hill, fifty feet away in the bushes the bear was on the trail of a ground squirrel. Oblivious to the beararazzi madly clicking away, he was semi-lackadaisically intent on chasing a squirrel.
The squirrel, showing the cunning of Rocky (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_and_Bullwinkle_Show), decided that tourists could after all serve some useful purpose, and ran toward the lovely patio of the visitor center and jumped onto a rock that highlighted the natural, and eco-friendly design of the building.
With the squirrel safely sheltered by 100 tourists with 150 cameras, the bear determined the bushes to be delicious and set about grazing his way the rest of the way down the valley toward the river. Drama averted.