On the last day of our trip, we were passing Bear Country USA when Dad suddenly decided that we should go there. Attraction was listed as a gem in AAA Tour Book. Otherwise, I would have tried to talk him out of it. We’d seen so much wildlife in the wild that a zoo seemed anticlimactic.
This is a very good zoo. People drive and animals roam within the boundaries of their cage or fence. We were ordered not to lower our windows, especially in the bear area, because the animals were able to come right up to us.
Even so, zoo was most definitely anticlimactic.
We had seen a couple black bears but I didn’t get a shot of either. That was disappointing, but shooting bears in a cage is a lot like catching fish in a barrel. I felt as if I were cheating.
If we had visited Bear Country USA at trip beginning, I’m sure I would have thought zoo was great. But at the end, well, it was a disappointment. Seeing wild things where they belong is a thrill. In a cage? Not so much.
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