The historian: What do you think she's looking at? (gesturing at a young woman, wearing blue shorts, standing on a ridge, facing the river) Maybe a bear.
Me: (deducing from her motionlessness, presumed age, and general unmoved demeanor:) No.
The historian: (drives on. He knows I'm right.)
Me: There should be, like, a universal language of--
The historian: They should just throw up a sign that says--
Me: ...what they're actually seeing. Like--
The historian: "Bear." Or--
The historian: "Bison."
Me: "More bison." "Just elk."
The historian: --or "scenery."
Me: "Straight up river."
Here are some animals we did see:
|"Unspecified Ground Animal, such as Ground Squirrel."|
|"I had it on good authority that there might|
be bears in and around this locale, but I was