With that, the bear climbed out and rejoined the others, and they continued merrily on their way. The coast now clear, Strickland decided it best to close up the lid, lest the allure of the tub beckoned him once again.
And sure enough, it did.
"They came back a little while later, but left as soon as they saw what we had done," Strickland said.
Still, the couple doesn't have any hard feelings toward that uninvited guest making the most of their cabin's amenities. It's one of the reasons they'd picked that spot to rent in the first place.
"I don’t blame him at all," Strickland said. "We were looking forward to the hot tub the most!"