This morning we went out to fine tune the organization of the van. We still have a lot of stuff that we want to take that’s bulky and doesn’t fit easily into the spaces that we have in the van.
Upon opening the driver’s side sliding door, I noticed that there were rough areas on the inside of the handle.
I backed up and looked at all of the handles of the car to discover that each one of them had funny looking pollen patterns. This time of year all the conifer trees let loose their pollen and a fine yellowish green dust coats everything fairly evenly. It blows away off of smooth surfaces like the car, but on each of the handles of our car it looked like something wet had blotted it down.
Apparently, the bear had come back and tried all four handles of the car to see if it could get in.
On the Honda Elements that I used to own, I had noticed weird little scratch marks in the pain below the polycarbonate plastic handles where a little bit of the paint had been chipped off, but I could never figure out what had caused it.
Apparently, now that the van has been in my driveway a while, we have the answer. BEARS.
We really don’t worry a whole lot about crime at our house, but I guess we have a whole new reason to keep the cars locked. 😉