While viewing the General Grant Tree mid-day in Kings Canyon last week, another visitor mentioned that she wished she had use of my Canon xTi because she had seen a mama black bear with two young cubs at Crescent Meadow in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park and she would have been able to get a much better photo of the bears with it. I had been hoping to see some bears but so far had not been fortunate enough to do so. Shortly after having this conversation, we had an extremely heavy hale storm which lasted a good twenty minutes or so. Upon the storm's passing, the sun came out and it was quite refreshing. My husband suggested we take a ride toward the Giant Forest to look for those bears and off we went. As it turned out, we didn't have to go that far. We rounded a bend on Highway 189 and there, right along the side of the road was a beautiful black mama and her two little cubs. We stopped and cautiously I lowered the car window and started clicking away. Our presence did not seem to bother the bear...she just kept eating the moist grass...would look up at us...and then just ate some more. The cubs were quite playful running around and climbing up and down one of the trees. This turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip.