We spent lots of time together just doing nothing and enjoying being together. We've all been busy and scattered lately - me especially. It was so nice to have the chance to simply enjoy each other. We all took naps, sat in the hot tub and roasted marshmallows on the fire pit outside our cabin.
However, the highlight of the entire trip has to be the 2 black bears we saw Sunday morning. We drove into the National Forest from Gatlinburg and it wasn't long before we saw a bunch of cars and people with cameras on the side of the road. We saw an adult to the right of our car as we passed by the melee but couldn't really stop without blocking traffic on a 2 lane road so we drove up several feet and parked in a designated area and walked back. Yeah. Probably not the smartest thing we've ever done.
I had Baby Girl with me and Sweet Pea was with 'Zilla a few feet back. The bear had moved closer to the side of the road while we were parking - about 10 yards away maybe. As it was eating and ignoring the people snapping pictures and making lots of noise I realized it was pointed straight for me and my babies, there was nothing between it and me, and that incline wasn't nearly as high as the one at the zoo. We turned and went back to the car.
A little ways down the road we drove up behind 2 cars parked on a 1 lane road. They were all snapping pictures and pointing. Zilla got out this time to investigate and I firmly told the girls they were to stay inside the car. Until we realized it was a baby. We did finally let the girls out so they could see the baby. And as we were watching it ran across the road right in front of us, stood up on its hind legs against a sign post, stretched and scratched at it - all while staring at us like he was posing for pictures. it was so cute! Of course, I was a little jumpy because we never did see mama.
So we had a great time, shopped, rode go karts, enjoyed each other, and of course the best part of the whole trip was free. Isn't that always the way it works?
Any encounters with wild animals you'd like to share? Or a really great vacation where your family had the chance to reconnect?