A Gatlinburg Tradition

Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN | June 2, 2022

Black Bear Trifecta

In the middle of nowhere,
hill after hill,
on some windy back road,
unmarked by yellow lines,
as close to the Little River as possible,
was a narrow, one lane bridge that went clickety-clack as the tires rolled over each plank of wood,
where the elusive gray fox crossed the road in front of us.
Why could it not be a black bear? I thought to myself. But I was satisfied with the gray fox.
What contractor ever dreamed of putting a road out here anyway?
And then, the following morning, I saw the most elusive of all wild animals — the Black Bear. It was 11am and I saw three black bears headed up the historic nature trail. I feel like a National Geographic photographer.

§tacy §weeney

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