Black Bear near Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park, Virginia

I went to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia on October 21 because I had never been there and I also wanted to see the fall foliage.  The leaves had actually not quite peaked yet – there were a lot of yellows but not a lot of oranges and reds.

Skyline Drive Leaves 1

Shenandoah Park in Virginia in the Fall

I did get to see a bear for the first time ever outside of a zoo, though.  I was just thinking earlier, “I’ve never seen a bear.  It would be cool to see one.”  Then as I was driving north on Skyline Drive just north of Route 211, I saw a bear high up in a tree, probably about 30 yards up the tree, just west of the road.  It was a young black bear, probably about three and a half feet long.  It climbed down the tree and then walked deeper into the woods.  Just as it was getting out of eyesight, I thought there might have been another one but I couldn’t tell for sure.  Pretty cool.  Here’s the shaky video I took.

As for the scenery, it was pretty nice.  I imagine that the leaves probably are peaking right now although some of them would have already turned brown.


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