After bear approaches, New Jersey hiker dubbed ‘Calm Queen’

After bear approaches, New Jersey hiker dubbed ‘Calm Queen’

A 25-year-old hiker is praised for keeping her cool after a bear approached while she was out for a hike with friends. Julia Tupy was atop the Stairway to Heaven trail in Vernon Township, New Jersey when a bear slowly approached. A video shows Tupy slowly walking away from the bear. Her calm reaction has since earned her the moniker ‘Calm Queen.’

“I wanted to panic,” Tupy told NBC 4 New York. “If you ask any of my friends, it’s off-brand for me. If you saw me later in the hike, we were walking and a snake was on a tree, nowhere near me, and I freaked out.” 

Want to own a piece of Yosemite National Park? It will cost you $2.477 million

A nearly 900-acre property inside of Yosemite National Park is on the market for $2.477 million, the Sacrament Bee reports. The land includes a 2,500-square-foot cabin built in 1973. Thanks to a conservation easement, the new owner will have direct access to tens of thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest. 

“The new owner will be in the unique position of being able to conserve for perpetuity a big section of land originally intended to be part of Yosemite National Park, while also being in the enviable position of having a house in a national park,” the listing states.

New York City Marathon is cancelled this year

The New York City Marathon announced Wednesday that this year’s race is cancelled because of the pandemic. The event was scheduled for November 1 and about 50,000 runners were expected to run the marathon this fall. 

“While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”

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