Where Did You Find or Leave Bear?: Yellowstone National Park, USA

She was the last thing we expected to find in Yellowstone National Park! We had stopped to take a picture of a herd of bison on the road, and a small white sign underneath a tree caught my eye. “Colorado or Bust” it said, and behind it was a small bear who appeared to be hiding out there, away from the stampeding bison hooves.

“Do you need a ride to Colorado?” we said.
The bear nodded, and introduced herself as Lucy Cavendish.
“Well, today’s your lucky day, because we happen to live in Colorado, and are leaving for home right now!” said Lucy’s new travel companions.
Lucy smiled from ear to ear, and politely thanked them as she climbed into the back of their Jeep.

On their drive out of the park, Lucy suddenly called from the backseat “Pull over! Oh please, oh please, pull over!” Her companions had no idea what was going on, but they had never traveled with a bear before, and were not familiar with bears’ travels needs, so they did as she asked. Lucy had her companions pull over at Yellowstone National Park’s Roosevelt Lodge, named for the 26th president of the United States, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Lucy told her companions this story: “A long time ago, Teddy Roosevelt went hunting, and came across a wounded baby bear. His hunting companions wanted him to shoot the bear and claim an easy trophy for himself, but he took mercy upon the little animal and refused. The story of his mercy quickly spread around the country, and soon toy bears were made commemorating this event, which eventually became the most popular toy of all time!” Lucy’s companions immediately understood her excitement, as Teddy Roosevelt is the man from whom teddy bears got their name! Lucy proudly sat atop the sign at Roosevelt Lodge so all could see one of Roosevelt’s most popular accomplishments, in the flesh (or fur).

Several hours into their trip from Yellowstone to Colorado, Lucy and her companions stopped in Dubois, Wyoming to gas up their Jeep at The Country Store. To their surprise, this gas station also had a giant stuffed jackalope! Lucy was unfamiliar with this American word, which to her sounded like a cross between “jackrabbit” and “antelope”. She soon learned that jackalopes are animals found in the western United States. As she suspected from the name, they are rabbits with deer antlers (some species additionally have the tail of a pheasant), and are thought to be near-extinct. While some people might think that jackalopes aren’t real, cowboys in the Old West would swear that jackalopes were real, as they would commonly hear them singing along with their campfire songs. The giant jackalope at the Country Store was available for humans to ride for a small $1 donation, and bears could ride for free! The companions quickly paid the donation fee, and had some great fun with the jackalope!

On their ride through Wyoming, Lucy and her companions drove through a huge thunderstorm, common during summer days in the West. Lucy was scared of the loud thunder, and with every loud thunderclap, crawled further and further into a suitcase in the backseat. Once the storm passed, a beautiful rainbow was left in its place! Lucy said the scary thunderstorm was definitely worth it!

Lucy finally made it to Colorado, and cannot wait to see what sort of adventures she will have there!

Here’s some rare film footage of Bear Gustav playing the piano.

Gustav plays piano

Cupcake packed her bags last night and organised her week ahead. She is heading for the south coast and is one her way to the Isle of Wight. Good luck Cupcake, we hope you have an amazing time.

Rembrandt was indeed seen strolling the streets of Gloucester and was soon to be found in the beautiful cathedral itself. He was very impressed with the amazing scale of this historic building which must have taken decades to build. As he quietly walked through the aisles and cloisters he received some peculiar looks as people passed him by. What was it he thought? Had he not brushed his hair? Was there something wrong with him in some way? He really couldn’t work out why so many people found it so odd to see a bear in a cathedral.

Ignoring the onlookers Rembrandt continued his exploration of the cathedral. What interested him most of all were the collection of nearly 80 sculptures of all shapes and sizes that were presented in and around the cathedral. Some names he recognised such ad Damien Hurst and Lynn Chadwick as well as Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. But there were many he didn’t know of. He soon came to realise though that these were modern artists displaying work and there was not to be any signs of his namesake’s work from the 1700’s.

So Rembrandt continued to explore the amazing collection and was last seen taking a rest next to a sculpture by Ralph Brown called ‘Clochard’. After that we’re not sure what happened to Rembrandt.

Rembrandt Takes A Break

Rembrandt Takes A Break

Fratellini has made it on uni-cycle to Cirencester where she was spotted entering the amazing world of Gifford’s Circus. We assume in an attempt to begin her exciting life as a travelling circus animal. Good luck Fratellini we hope you make your final destination.

If you find her please take good care of her.

Rembrandt was last seen wandering the streets of Gloucester looking for the great Cathedral. He’s learnt that there is an international exhibition of sculpture on show and hopes it might lead to a connection with someone that could help him in hist trip to Amsterdam. The exhibition is called Crucible and is one of the largest and most important exhibitions of contemporary sculpture to take place in Britain during the past decade.
We all wish Rembrandt good luck with his attempt to get to the Netherlands.

If you happen to find Rembrandt then please be part of his remarkable story, take good care of him and remember to report back your experiences with each other.

Bear Grylls left home for pastures and adventures new today. We’ve no idea where he’s off to. Somewhere exotic and full of thrills we expect. Wherever he finds himself we hope he can make it into safe hands. Good luck Bear Grylls.

Where Did You Find or Leave Bear?: Derwood, MD

The next three days flew by for Lucy and her friends as they made multiple trips into Yellowstone. The park was bigger than any other park that Lucy or her friends had ever been to and even after three days they still hadn’t come close to seeing everything they could.

Lucy and her friends learned that Yellowstone was created through a series of volcanic and violent tectonic movements. The center of Yellowstone is a large caldera, an underground volcano that is still quite active today. However, since this “super volcano” is below ground level, layers of water and earth on top of it allow the volcano to release the pressure that builds up underground through numerous geysers and sulfuric hot pools. The most famous geyser in in Yellowstone is Old Faithful, a geyser that goes off on such a regular basis that rangers in the park can predict the time when the geyser will erupt next to within 10 minutes. The plume of water and steam that explode out of the geyser amazed Lucy and her friends.

After seeing Old Faithful, Lucy got to wander in and among other geysers and many of the hot pools which came in a variety of beautiful colors including bright sapphire blues, deep rust reds, and even bright neon yellows. Some of the pools were quiet with thin wisps of steam blowing across their surfaces while others bubbled violently, engulfed in steam. Some were even filled with mud, spitting mud bubbles up into the air. The colors of the pools came in part from the sulfur and acids in the water but also from the numerous bacteria that inhabit the super hot pools. In fact Lucy learned that the DNA work her friends do is possible because of a bacteria found in the hot pools and geysers of Yellowstone in the 1980s.

Following their time at the hot pools, Lucy and her friends drove through the rest of the park, seeing breathtaking waterfalls and the deep Yellowstone canyon. The walls of the canyon were stained yellow from sulfur and other mineral deposits and is the reason the park was named Yellowstone. The water was so crystal clear and vibrant blue against the green of the trees and yellow of the rock it was beyond words, and Lucy and her friends spent hours hiking along its rim.

Lucy and her friends got to see lots of the park’s wild inhabitants as well. Giant elk and furry bison wandered in and out of the trees, even crossing the roads and looking into car windows. At first Lucy was scared but when she saw the small baby bison she couldn’t help but fall in love with them. Lucy and her friends even got to see the park’s two most elusive residents, two bull moose and a grizzly bear. The trio found the two bull moose relaxing in the noon day sun, eating the leaves off of bushes in a clearing. They watched the pair for awhile, marveling a their huge antlers. As for the grizzly bear, the friends got to see him getting a quick drink from a river while he protectively kept watch over a dead elk that was his dinner in the middle of the river. The group watched the bear for awhile until suddenly he sniffed the wind and looked directly at them.

“Hi cousin,” Lucy called out and the bear nodded his head in acknowledgement before settling into the weeds for a nap.

On the last day of the trip Lucy and her friends traveled a few miles south to Grand Teton National Park. Like Yellowstone, Grand Teton was breathtaking. Grand Teton was much more mountianous than Yellowstone with large peaks dominating the landscape, and many more crystal blue lakes, such as Lake Jackson and Lake Jenny. The mountain peaks were so high they still had snow on them and Lucy and her friends learned that the snow was actually glaciers still resting on the sides of the mountains many cliffs. Grand Teton was the largest of the mountains and Lucy’s favorite. In the park, Lucy and her friends saw more herds of bison and elk, but also herds of small, colorful prong-horned deer, and scruffy little coyote out looking for breakfast.

At one of the rest stops Lucy made friends with entire wall of different teddy bears and furry animals, all hoping to go on adventures of their own. Outside Lucy got to ride on a real covered wagon and pay inside a teepee.

As the sun began to get lower in the sky, Lucy and her friends drove back into Yellowstone and went swimming in Firehole River. Lucy enjoyed jumping off the rocks and into the water, allowing the current to take her on a ride down into the larger pool where the group swam. They ended their evening in the park by watching Old Faithful erupt one last time at sunset.

“This has been a great trip,” Lucy mused as she packed up her suitcase. “Thank you so much for taking me.”

“We had a great time with you, Lucy,” her friends replied. “We’re glad you were able to join us. Where do you think you will go next?”

Lucy thought for a moment. “If I had a choice I think I would like to go to Colorado and see more of these amazing Rocky Mountains, but the best part of an adventure is the journey.”

“Well, we wish you the best of luck wherever you go,” her friends smiled.

After saying good-bye and giving lots of hugs, Lucy Cavendish put on her sunglasses, grabbed her suitcase and headed out into the early morning sunlight ready for her next big adventure.

Where Did You Find or Leave Bear?: Derwood, MD

The next morning Lucy and her friends began the last long leg of their journey to reach Yellowstone National Park. On their way through Nebraska they stopped in Alliance, home of Carhenge, a replica of the famous Stonehenge made entirely out of cars all painted gray. Since Lucy knew Stonehenge she found Carhenge hysterical and thoroughly enjoyed climbing all over the old cars, out climbing her friends by leaps and bounds.

After a few pictures the trio moved on along Route 26, a modern highway that sits along the same famous covered wagon route that early American settlers took to reach the Pacific Ocean and settle the rugged West. The route was called the Oregon Trail and along the way, Lucy passed some of Oregon Trails’ most well known landmarks including Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff. Chimney Rock is a long, spindly finger of red rock standing tall and straight alone in the middle of the Nebraska landscape, making it an easily recognizable landmark visible for miles. This is why early settlers considered it such an important landmark. Scotts Bluff on the other hand was more of collection of large rocky outcrops that also dominated the surrounding the landscape. Lucy found both of them beautiful as the car drove by and into the state of Wyoming.

“The sky is so big here! And are those wild horses?” Lucy exclaimed, climbing up the back seat to get a better look out the window.

“Yep,” her companions laughed. “Welcome to the wide open land of Wyoming.”

Lucy just sat and stared, transfixed by the wide open prairie and large mesas, hills and random, sparse tree lines that dotted the landscape reaching to the horizon. As the hours passed the land slowly became more mountainous as Lucy and her friends reached the enormous Rocky Mountains, which contained their destination. But the little bear was so sleepy and as hard as she tried she eventually dozed off in a warm patch of sun in the backseat.

“Lucy, we’ve reached Yellowstone!”

“Huh?” Lucy blinked her sleepy eyes opened and was amazed by the dense forest land that now surrounded the car. Huge mountains, dark green pine trees, softly blowing golden marsh grasses, and crystal clear rivers were everywhere she looked. “Wow,” she breathed and hopped out of the car to take a closer look.

“Lucy, silly, come down from there,” her friends called, as Lucy had climbed up the nearest tree to get a better look. “We need to check into our cabin”

“Aww can I stay up here just a little longer?” Lucy begged.

“We have three days to explore the park,” her friends smiled. “Trust us, you’ll have plenty of time to play in the park.

“Ok,” and Lucy made her way back down out of the tree.

As she waited for her friends to check in and get their cabin assignment, Lucy began wandering around the forest land that the ranch they were staying at encompassed. But the trees were so tall and thick she soon got herself lost. Suddenly she saw a woman on a horse ride by.

“Excuse me, but I think I’m lost,” Lucy called out.

Turning her horse around, the woman quickly rode back to Lucy. “Can I help you?”

“I seem to have wandered off and gotten myself turned around,” Lucy reluctantly admitted. “Can you help me find my friends.”

“Of course,” the lady smiled down and lifted Lucy up on to her horse with her. “I’m a park ranger here at Yellowstone,” the lady explained. “Don’t worry, we’ll find your friends.”

After a short ride back to the ranch’s main cabin, Lucy was reunited with her friends and the trio crawled into their beds excited for the park the next day.

Thank you so much for taking care of Lucy. She is having such an amazing time with her American friends and Tolly is do inspired with the success of her little website. From Tolly’s mummy x

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