Our own type of fun at Jellystone in Virginia

Fun with Yogi!

Lots of us grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons. But not so many get to really hug Yogi Bear. A series of cimcumstances brought us to Jellystone Park near Natural Bridge, Virginia. We feared the place would be filled with noisy campers, but instead, we arrived early in the season and had the place to ourselves.

The James River flowing next to where we camped for the night. No one else was there!

Camping alongside the James River near Natural Bridge State Park was a treat. Walking alongside the river in the morning was beautiful.

Morning fog alongside the James River, near Natural Bridge, Virginia

Fog settled on the nearby mountain tops, offering an extra feeling of solitude in a most unlikely place.

I feel sure Jellystone Park campgrounds are now filled with fun-seeking families, (and no, I get no recompense for mentioning this business) which is what these campgrounds were created to cater to. Lucky for us, there are off seasons that give a hint (and no more) of the riotous fun others enjoy. We are grateful to avoid these crowds and the noise that are a natural consequence of all that fun.

Mama black bear headed down the trail in West Virginia, doing her best to avoid us

On this trip we saw several real black bears, and one very friendly bear that brought me back to my childhood. What a mix of silly and sublime. We never know what we will find on our travels.

Natural Bridge State Park in Virginia

The Natural Bridge State Park was on our way out of the area. After a very short Easy Walk, we headed for home. Happy trails!


Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionEasy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.

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