It was time for Hike No. 2, right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway near mile marker 401.
Park the Jeep, about to hop out and then we spot a black bear balanced on a very sturdy branch about 10 feet up a tree.
"Ok, we'll just get out and hike the other way."
At the tippy top of the tree was mama bear's cub. About the size of a stuffed animal you'd set on your bed as a kid.
In the photo above, you will see mama bear in the bottom right peeking at me from behind said tree.
This was our sign to steer clear.
After we got our excitement and video-ing out of the way, we drove down the back road to Pisgah National Forest/Davison Campground in Brevard.
Here we found a river made for wading and a secluded, steep hike called Art Loebe.
I highly recommend this area for a hot summer day.
Hike around then wade in and cool off.
Also, never bother mama bears with cubs. Precious cargo worth fighting for.
No. 3 is next.