Spirit the heat & wildfire smoke rolled into the beginning of september, it was 37 degrees & hazy when we headed out hiking. on our way to the trail we saw a bear with a cub in the distance. we watched through our binoculars but couldn't identify the bears as they were too far away. the mama bear was pacing back & forth appearing stressed. we stayed back worried she was agitated because we knew there was a male bear was in the area. hours later we started making our way back to go home when we heard a bear cub crying. off in the distance the cub came out running back & forth, crying in distress. it's difficult to put into words the emotion we felt watching this cub for the next few hours. we had our binos so we could stay far away to not stress the cub, we also didn't know where mama was & didn't want our scent near the cub. was the cub an orphan? where was mom & did something happen to her? the cub paced, ran, sniffed the ground trying to find mama's scent and would sometimes run over to a tree for safety. all the while crying loudly. if you've never heard a baby bear cry for it's mama it is heartbreaking... we couldn't leave until we knew if this was an orphaned cub & hours later we found out. through our binos we spotted a bear by a tree then we saw a cub by her side, it was the same bear we saw early in the day. the crying cub ran over to the mama bear & they touched noses to kiss. then mama collapsed on the ground so her cub could nurse, this is the same family from my recent posts. to see the family reunite was the most emotional thing i've ever experienced with wildlife. from the time we first saw mom with only 1 cub to the time we saw the family reunite was 4 hours. we have no idea how long they were separated before that or why but were grateful they found each other again. we passed them on our way home & talked to them softly but i didn't lift the camera because we knew the family had already been through so much. for us it's about the moments not the photos, this pic is from another day. the cub that was separated was the female twin from our bear family. we call her spirit....