About ten years ago we went on a family road trip from New York up through New England and eventually to Boston. We passed near stretches of the Appalachian Trail and fully expected to see real Bears hopping out of the woods onto the road in front of us ..... but, alas, no. There were road signs telling us to watch out for them, and also for Moose .... but they didn't show either!
So the nearest I think I shall get to a bear is this
Is he a real bear? Well, yes of course. He is the 'Velveteen Rabbit' of the Bear world.
In Margery Williams' words: "Real isn't how you are made, ... It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real".
Still - if we ever go back to Vermont ... I want Bears!!
Have a lovely weekend.