Rose remained in the outhouse for some time, peeking out of the opening. When she calmed down and worked up enough nerve, she opened the door slowly. One foot at a time she stepped out. The first thing she noticed was a small trail of blood leading away from Joseph’s homestead. After Rose told Joseph about the bear, he was adamant that she learn to use a gun. Rose wanted to tell him she knew already, but couldn’t. Joseph explained, “The bear could have wandered out of the Colorado mountains and probably was trying to find his way back.” Joseph hoped they would never see it again. Rose knew she would carry the memory of the bear the rest of her life.