Little Bear's Adventure's
I don't have a costume...
But I'm surrounding myself in wonderful colors!
And don't ask me why that pool water is green.
We went on an early morning hike in Yellowstone National Park. I think Beth thought this was funny.
This is not a fancy water bottle or even a can of bug spray. Beth posed me on a big can of "Counter Assault". If you look below, you can read the important words.
"Grizzly Tough Pepper Spray"
She gave the spray to Don to carry and she carried a funny instrument that jingle-jangled if you wanted to scare off a bear. There's no way a grizzly would be out near the lake, but Beth said you can never be too careful.
A Little Insulted
I told Beth she was being rude to have Bear Spray anywhere near me.
She reminded me, "Little Bear, you're not a Grizzly!"
I just answered, "Grrrrr."
I like old cars. You can always find a good spot to just sit and hang out. I chose a curvy piece of metal in the early morning sun.
I sat by the name of this car, so I wouldn't forget. D-O-D-G-E spells DODGE!
Cars have faces and this one has a friendly one, with big round eye lights. It always looks like it's awake, kind of like me. I sat right between the word DODGE and one eye light.
That's pretty much all I have to say about my car adventure.
Arches National Park in Utah
Beth said we were going to Arches National Park, but when she pulled me out of the bag, all I saw was sand.
I Want Arches!
I expected to see be rock arches. Or at least something that looked like giant sandcastles.
You can barely see me. I look like I'm being covered by a sweeping sand dune. I'm not even sure this was safe. A big wind gust could have buried me in an instant!
Beth says I worry too much.
In the Shadow
I couldn't even see the sunshine. I was in the shadow of a big rock. Beth said the sun was hot and I was lucky. I think she just pulls me out when she gets bored and has nothing else to do.
This has been a very long road trip.
This was a strange stop on our road trip. We stopped to have a picnic in Capital Reef National Park in Utah.
Beth saw apple trees.
Rocks and Trees
Long before this was a park, people lived here and planted fruit trees. Those apple trees looked pretty tiny, growing up beside that big pink rock.
As we got closer I could see the red apples hiding in the green branches. There was a sign saying we could pick the fruits. It's free if you eat in the park. You leave some money in a box, if you take some with you.
I didn't eat any. I just sat on the top of an apple and looked around. I pointed out the good ones to Beth. There was just the right amount of sunshine... and the apple smelled good.
Beth thought she'd play it safe and place me far away from the canyon's edge for a photo. But this is really kind of silly. I'm on a metal thing that points out the different canyon shapes.
I guess the scenery was pretty cool. And I appreciate that there was a metal rim between me and the edge of the rock.
But Beth has a really bad track record. She's never cautious enough. I'm pretty sure I could have fallen down that hole!
Where am I?
In the Black Hills of South Dakota! It's my first time in this state!
What Am I On?
This looks like some old camera... or an odd shooting weapon... or a film projector or something.
It doesn't matter. It wasn't working for me anyway. I tried to lean over and look into the eye piece, but I almost fell.
Sitting and Looking
But I was looking the wrong way. And actually the viewing thing was aimed the wrong way, too.
Beth turned it so it faced the carved rocks. But I was just looking at Beth.
So she grabbed me off of that thing and walked me a little closer. That was nice, but it just made me want to get really close. Cary Grant got to climb all over those faces in "North by Northwest". I would really like to walk right to the tip of Mr. Lincoln's nose and tell him how much I respect him. Maybe next time!
My Favorite Flower!
I've posed with a lot of flowers, but this is the best!
I never expected to see sunflowers in Wyoming in September! All the flowers were turning their faces towards the warm sun. I joined right in. In fact, I think I almost became one of those yellow petals! I love sunflowers!
I've been to Utah before, but I don't remember these red rocks. Everything was kind of slanty.
Stacks of Rock
It looked like someone did a sloppy job, laying a sugary cake. Everything was slipping.
I was scared I'd tumble down. So Beth moved me to a smooth spot where she could take a picture of me.
What's Behind Me?
Beth said it was a lovely scene with me on the rock and all the leaning rocks behind me.
I turned around to see the view and laughed. I stopped thinking of layered cakes. It looked more like a giant cow pie slipping down the mountain.
National Parks can be funny.
My mom gave me this tiny bear over 25 years ago... because I like small things.