We’ve heard that Cade’s Cove is a great place to visit, so Wednesday night, it was decided Thursday morning would be the time we’d go. We woke up early, had our time with the Lord, and set out. We arrived at the entrance to the Cove about 15 minutes before the official sunrise, and we joined the string of vehicles waiting for the gate to open.
The mist covered fields were so pretty, but we kept our eyes carefully trained for bears. Meadow after meadow went by, and we occasionally stopped for Joseph to take pictures. We watched two bucks spar in a distant field. As we drove, several of us were praying that the Lord would allow us to see a bear. We were nearing the end of the loop, and we stopped at a cabin for a family picture. Still no bears.
We knew from our time at Yellowstone several years ago, if exciting wildlife is spotted, there will usually be a group of stopped cars. After we left the cabin, we drove a short distance to an area with several cars stopped, and it was obvious, bears were in the area. Everyone was looking up in the trees, and photographers had their cameras out. So, we parked, and joined the group. There were three bears in the tree, supposedly the two cubs and a mama. About five minutes later, about twenty feet in front of us, the mama lumbered along. I doubt she was ever in the tree :-). Sadly, we weren’t able to get a good picture before she disappeared into the woods a little further. The babies continued to be cute as they climbed around in the trees, searching for acorns. An occasional branch or cluster of leaves would fall to the ground. We were praising the Lord for allowing us to see the bears.
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalms 107:8