SO EXCITING... TWO BEARS IN ONE MAGICAL DAY!!

Trip Start Dec 08, 1999
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

TODAY, HUBBY AND I DECIDED TO GO UP TO
CHEROKEE NATION THRU THE GREAT SMOKEY
MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
.  I WAS HOPING
WE WOULD SEE MORE OF THE OF THE FALL LIKE
COLORS... THE CHANGING OF THE LEAVES.   
ACTUALLY WE DID.  THE TREES IN GATLINBURG
HAD NOT REALLY STARTED CHANGING, YET,  IT
WAS A BEAUTIFUL DRIVE.  A LOT OF PEOPLE
WERE OUT ENJOYING FALL SEASON, TOO..

THE MOST EXCITING THINGS WERE THE SIGHTINGS
OF THE TWO BLACK BEARS.  ONE BEAR WAS JUST
FOR OUR EYES ONLY BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WAS
THERE.  I SAW A BEAR OFF THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
SO, HUBBY MADE A SHORT PIT STOP.  THIS WAS
AN AWESOME HAPPENING FOR ME. 

WE CROSSED THE MOUNTAINS INTO THE CHEROKEE
NATION
. WE VISITED MOST OF THE SHOPS ON THE
MAIN STREET.  THERE WAS AN INDIAN FESTIVAL
GOING ON.  WE CHECKED IT OUT... SEEMED MORE
FOR CHILDREN TO US..  SO, WE LEFT AND CHECKED
OUT A LOCAL COFFEE SHOP.  THERE, WE DECIDED
TO ALTER OUR PLANS.   WE DECIDED TO VISIT THE
VILLAGE OF THE OCONALUFTEE INDIANS
. HERE I
LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MY HERITAGE. THEY WERE 
WONDERFUL PEOPLE, AND SO DEDICATED TO
TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR WAYS AND
THEIR LIVES.  I AM A NATIVE AMERICAN.  I WAS SO
GLAD WE DECIDED TO DO THIS INSTEAD OF GOING
TO THE FESTIVAL.  WE SNACKED AND THEN LEFT.

MUCH TO OUR SURPRISE ON THE WAY DOWN; AS
WE HEADED BACK OVER THE SMOKIES; BACK TO
PIGEON FORGE. WE SAW THE SECOND BEAR.
AGAIN, THE TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP. I COULD
BARELY SEE BUT IT WAS  A BEAR CROSSING THE
ROAD.  OF COURSE, AGAIN,  PEOPLE WERE
TAKING PICTURES OF IT.  THE CARS SLOWLY
STARTED MOVING SO, I DECIDED TO VIDEO WHAT I
WAS SEEING ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.  I JUST
SENSED A NEEDED TO LOOK UP AND OVER... SURE
ENOUGH I CAUGHT A BIG BEAR WALKING IN THE
WOODS.  I BARELY GOT THE VIDEO OF IT. SO NEAT!!
  
WE CALLED THE KIDS WHEN WE GOT BACK AT THE
MOTEL ROOM.  WE  HAD PLANNED ON MEETING THEM
AND THEN GOING TO THE DIXIE STAMPEDE FOR DINNER
AND  SEEING THE SHOWS  LITTLE DID WE KNOW WHAT
"SURPRISE" WOULD BE WAITING FOR US THERE. 
THANK YOU FATHER FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL SURPRISE
FOR ALL OF US AT THE DIXIE STAMPEDE...



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