For a family living in one Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood that's what happened on Saturday morning.
They think two cubs smelled the bacon cooking for breakfast and came in close for a look crawling on a fence they share with a neighbor off Carmichael Street.
"We had a view of the bears hopping up, walking on the fence there, and my daughter Brenley looked out and was amazed to see those bears walking on that little skinny fence line there," dad Colin Davis said.
Davis says he's seen the bears around before - but never this early in the morning. He took photos of the bears about 7:45 a.m.
Most likely the cubs were black bears, which are the most common North America, according to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
In general, black bears live under forest cover, according to Fish & Wildlife, but they do occasionally use relatively open country, such as clearcuts and the fringes of other open habitat.
As people move out toward bear habitat, people and bears are more likely to encounter each other.
A bear's strength and surprising speed make it potentially dangerous and should be given respect and room to retreat without feeling threatened, Fish & Wildlife says.
The statewide black bear population in Washington is estimated to between 25,000 and 30,000 animals.