So, I got brave and went camping all by myself! Well, sort of. My friends Heidi and Dan hiked out with me, but left me there with their dogs so they could go back and wait for carpet installers (who never came). I think spending the night by myself still counts.
It was actually pretty fun, even though I forgot my book and ended up going to bed early. Our campsite was next to an alpine lake and a stream. After I set up camp, the dogs and I walked around to the back of the lake, up onto a moraine, and then to a lookout above the lake. There were a bunch of little animals living in the rocks on the moraine, and I saw a couple of pikas! I saw one on my very first hike in AK 7 years ago and haven't seen one since. They're pretty shy.
Then we came back to the tent, and I went skinny dipping while waiting for dinner to cook. I spent about 30 seconds in the water because it was freezing! It was really warm out and I dried out really quickly, though.
The next morning, I woke up early and went for another short hike to the back of the main valley. I saw some sheep back there, but they were really far away and I didn't get a good picture. Oh well. We returned to my friend's house that afternoon, just as everyone else was getting out on the trailhead. I was happy that I had been camping the night before, when no one was out there.
So, no bears! Yay! And it was fun, although I definitely would prefer to go with other people. But I am not against doing it again.