"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My First Bear for 2011

Yesterday was a beautiful day, mostly sunny but there was still a nip to the air.  No snow fell except for the snow blowing off of the trees when the wind whipped through.  The day was filled with the hustle and bustle of moving boxes and stocking shelves.  With the sun shining there was a little extra bounce in our steps and the occasional happy humming.  The glossing over of our eyes was replaced with a bright twinkle.

I was not even 1/4 mile into my journey from Mammoth to Canyon this morning when I saw a bear taking its morning stroll about 1 1/4 miles up the road from Mammoth.  I was so pleasantly surprised I neglected to get my camera.  I just looked out my window and saw this coal black bear and I said to myself:  "Wow, a bear!"  and I drove on.

It appears that it is going to be another sunny day today, and taking into consideration that I saw my first bear for 2011 I think I'm heading toward another great day.