That evening, the family hit a local pond for a very mellow swim. Mom went in the water first.
Her peaceful swimming reminded me of a human taking a restorative swim at the end of a hot summer day.
As she exited the pond, you can see that Blackie had gone into the water with her. He was following at a big distance.
Here is Blackie just before he came out of the water.
I always feel a sense of disquiet when local bears decide to travel. There are roads and cars. There are homeowners who don't tolerate bears. There are so many risks that I can't list them all. I hope that we see this family again before they go into a den so that we can know that they are okay.
I compiled these clips into a short video. Enjoy!