The focus was cubs but unfortunately things moved so fast and the rangers moved us along so quickly, the baby photos weren't the best in the world. Tribute to the Rangers, they were very nice and did a wonderful job directing traffic, we just didn't have much opportunity to pull off and get good photos. WELL, enough of that, we did have a couple of Kodak moments.
The first morning we headed down Sparks Lane and saw a few vehicles pulled over. A huge mama bear was feeding in the grass and we were told she had three cubs up a tree. We were able to get a few photos of her and she was awesome. The cubs never came down, all balled up asleep in the tree. Two very nice rangers showed up and talked for a while, the lady ranger even pulled out her cell phone and took a few photos.
We encountered several bear jams the first day and saw several bears at a distance. Day two was a little slow at the start. We knew it was our last day and last chance to see the teddy bear babies. Then traffic stopped and we thought we would be in for a long wait. Fortunately rangers kept the traffic moving and we saw a mama with one cub. Luckily there was a pull over and we parked, mama and baby walked right beside the car. Pulling on again we rounded a curve and mama and baby were on a huge tree limb directly over the road. Blessings again, a pull over.
We watched as mama took baby up and down the tree, teaching him (her) how to climb. As long as mama was there he was fine. Then she left the baby on the limb and climbed down and began to eat. The baby was crying at the top of his lungs.If you've never heard a baby bear crying, it is a pitiful sound. You just wanted to go get him down. (NOT)....Mama finally came and sat at the base of the tree looking up as if to say, "you come down here right now". She finally went up and got him and they wandered off into the woods It was an awesome experience and one I will never forget. I've prepared a slideshow with a few of our photos. Hope you enjoy them. Catch you next month.