Our family went camping this weekend to Shenandoah National Park (Thursday through Saturday of course!) and we had a great time. We went on a fairly strenuous hike all six of us - to a water fall. We saw tons of deer like we always do, we roasted marshmallow, played a family game of baseball, saw a bird of prey demonstration and Blake and Tanner got to do a Junior Ranger program all about the bugs of the park. The cool thing about that was they were the only kids to sign up that day so they got a lot of attention from the park ranger. These two boys are so smart and I was so proud of them. This homeschooling thing is working! They were quoting Magic School Bus, Animal Planet, things I taught them in Kid Kove and their science books. they taught the Ranger a few things!
Anyway I have been to tons of National Parks in the US and even Canada and love them. Big fan of National Parks. Shenandoah has to be in the top 10 National Parks in America and it still floors me how I have not yet met a person in Roanoke who has said they have been there! This was our 6th time there.
One of the things I love to do is capture wildlife and plants on film. I have seen and photographed tons of animals - elk, moose, bison, alligators, deer, eagles, vultures, and much more in the wild in National Parks. But I've never seen a bear much less photographed one. Patsy and Tanner saw a big black bear 4 years ago at Shenandoah but I was asleep!
Well the long wait is over - this time we saw 6 bears including a mother bear and her 3 cubs. We got pictures and video! The mother bear and her cubs crossed the road in front of us and then stopped on the stone guardrail and we pulled rigth up next to her and all four of them looked at us. I think they wanted marshmallows - but we obeyed the rules.
Anyway to quote Dash - it was totally wickedly awesome! Whoohoo!
Check out this video -