A Beautiful Day on the NC Blue Ridge Parkway

There’s a reason they call it the Blue Ridge.

After a week with some serious rain, the sky was clean and bright, with landscape greens and blues at their best. A perfect day to drive along the Parkway, stroll around Blowing Rock, and of course make a stop at Kilwins for some toasted coconut ice cream.

Along the way, we came across a Park Ranger equipped with a stuffed cinnamon-colored black bear (yes, they are not always black) to help promote the National Park Service’s exceptional Junior Ranger Program. When I expressed sadness at the demise of the little bear she assured me he had a very long life as a youth educator.  If you have kids or grandkids, be sure to check out the Jr Ranger Activities, they are terrific.

We learned the black bear population has come back from a low of 400 to somewhere in the 20-30,000 range in this part of the country. No wonder there are so many bear-sightings this year.

BTW, we also learned Carolina coastal bears enjoy a richer diet and are much fatter than their mountain relatives.

 

   

 

About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on August 5, 2018, in North Carolina, North Carolina, Western, USA and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Nice to see the blue skies and learn about cinnamon black bears AND coastal black bears. I thought they only inhabited the mountains.

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  2. BRP makes driving a leisurely 40 mph a great pleasure! Thanks.

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  3. Incredible photos as always! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Beautiful and interesting

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