Last weekend, Andrew and I finally took a trip to the Shenandoah National Park. We’ve been wanting to visit the park for months but haven’t been able to find the time between work, family, and traveling. It’s more than an hour’s drive to get there, but it is well worth it!
Four Close Encounters
As we made our way winding ’round the mountainous curves of Skyline Drive, we stopped several times to soak in the beautiful scenery. The trees were barely holding on to their multicolored leaves so to views were filled with a mixture of bare trees, ready for winter, and trees still holding on to their red, gold, and orange leaves. We tried to get a photo together but the shadows from the setting sun just wouldn’t give us a good picture. Here’s the best one we could manage:
After leaving the last viewpoint we stopped at that evening, we found that all the cars ahead of us were stopped. Passengers and drivers alike were leaving theirs cars to look at something just off the road. “What on earth is everyone looking at?!” They were completely blocking the road on both sides! The sun was starting to set and we still had a walk to take in the woods. In hopes of getting peole moving, or at least figuring out what the fuss was about, I got out of the car to investigate.
I walked past some forty cars to find a group of people gathered on the east side of the road. Everyone had either a phone or camera out trying to take pictures and video. “Look over there,” a little boy shouted as he pointed up over our heads. Up in a tree, just off the road, sat a sweet black bear family nibbling away at the leaves! Never in my life have I been so close to a bear, let alone four bears! The three babies were completely unperturbed by the crowd. However, the mother got nervous as the crowd began to grow. She climbed down the tree and lead her babies back into the forest. I was able to get two photos and a short video before they went their way.