I know, raccoons are really just big rats with a black mask, but they are so cute. The babies are curious and always have an inquisitive look on their faces. On the weekend after Thanksgiving, my friend Pam and I made our annual hike at Circle B Bar Reserve. We were talking about the raccoons we saw that same weekend last year. I was commenting on how I had not seen any at the park in a long time. Half way down the trail, we saw a mom with 3 little babies. They were right on the edge of the trail. Several people were standing back watching them. The babies were a little shy and stayed close mom. After a few minutes, the family headed off the trail and went on their way.