With all the talk lately of bears coming out I figured I would post my bear encounter this weekend. I took the family down to the Seward Hiqhway for some sight seeing and we decided to stop at one of the parking areas that had some scenic views and trails. We mostly stayed in the areas that had paved sidewalks and little look out points. The kids wanted to walk on the dirt trails so we decided to take them on a short walk. We walked about 25 yards on the trail and noticed a park bench that looked like a good spot to stop and turn around. I had my 3 year old in my hand and we headed towards the bench which was slightly up hill. I heard something in the brush and didn't think much of it because another large group of hikers had just come from that direction. Needless to say when we reached the bench I looked about 15 yards to the right and there was a sow in the brush with a cub behind her. My wife thought i was joking but soon realized i was serious. Instinct took over for my wife and she grabbed my son and headed for the road. I tried to slow her down but it wasn't working. Long story short I slowly backed away and headed back to the trail head without incident. With the exception of a couple scared kids we were all ok.