Hands down the strangest question I have ever been asked when booking a hotel.
Our train will be arriving at Glacier National Park, Montana late in the evening. The hotel owner will leave our keys, a flashlight and directions to find our cabin in a box on the front office porch.
It was the last question, that has me questioning my plans. “Do you have a bear whistle?” What? Are you kidding me? I’ve never even heard of a bear whistle and I really don’t want to know why I might need one.
In fact, I can tell you with the utmost certainty that I do not need a bear whistle. If I meet a bear, in the dark, in the woods of Montana, I can guarantee you that I will scream and pass out. Hopefully the scream will scare the bear and my passing out counts as playing dead, right?