OK, So we have been coming to the Smokies anually for I don't know how many years. We love it so much, every year we do different things. We have yet to run out of new stuff to see and do. Here is my gripe: Never ever have we seen a bear. It is always our goal, and each time we say "this is the year." My brother and his family, on the other hand, went for the first time last year and saw a mama bear and her 3 cubs (they captured it on video.) We were happy for them but I must admit very jealous. They managed to do in their first try what we couldn't accomplish in probably 12 years!!!!
So, here is my question to you bear-sighting experts in the area: Where do you think our best chance of seeing a bear would be? We always have our fingers crossed in Cades Cove, but do you thing Roaring Fork Motor Trail would be better? Also, we usually head for the mountains first thing in the morning, before the traffic becomes too heavy. Do you think the evening might be a better time? Sorry to babble....but we really want some bragging rights this year!