We hit a bear!

So Friday night, Caleb and I went to Lake City to see Band Marino, Hospitals on the Moon, Arrowhead, and Kid Kazzam. They were all great, and I really enjoyed seeing everybody and just hearing some good music. We left around 11, since Caleb had to be in Jax early the next day.

It's about a two-hour drive from LC to St. Aug, so it was about 1:00 when we were almost at our exit. I was sleeping, when I was shaking awake by the impact of us hitting something, followed by the airbags coming out and smoke and powder (from the airbags) filling the air. As the enging cut out and we started drifting to the side of the road, Caleb yelled, "I think I just hit a bear!" "Are you kidding?!" He was able to pull over, and we got out and looked at the front of LaFonda (his "new" used truck that he just bought last week). The left head light was gone, the bumper was all tore up, and it was leaking water like crazy. Sure 'nuff, there was, um, fecal matter, blood, and black fur on the bumper. He said our of nowhere he saw a large black blur, and them Bam! Bear down.

We called his parents, and a state trooper. The trooper was super nice, but didn't really believe us at first. She thought we'd hit a deer or something. But once she got her light out and looked all in where the truck was dented in, she said, "Wow, that's a lotta black fur...and a lot of tissue." (Gross!) She left and circled back to try and find the bear (to make sure he was out of his misery and that he wasn't just laying in the middle of the road. She found him, about a half mile back, up against the guard rail. She said he was about 300lbs, and a BIG boy. She called animal control to come take care of him (he looked dead, but you never know), and also got a picture for us to show insurance.

Thank God that we were okay, and that since Caleb had to finance some of his car, he had to get full-coverage insurance. We were just complaining about much it cost, and we'd never have gotten it otherwise, but God knew that we needed it and I'm so glad it worked out that way. We still have to go talk to State Farm, but I'm pretty sure they're going to cover it.

So, um, yeah. We hit a frickin' bear!