Our friend Michelle recommended that we visit Bear Country, U.S.A. while in the area. Our VIP passes equate to free admission so we have nothing to lose but a few retirement hours. As we begin our first Jeep “safari”, signs posted along the zoo driveway warn us to keep our windows up. I assume wild animals are not as tempted to consume people under glass as they might be to scarf up a tourist served up on a telephoto lens skewer.
Behind closed windows
I wonder if a pane of glass will be enough to protect me from an curious bear. At the same time, I lament the fact that I can’t get a good picture through the darkly tinted windows of the Jeep. As we drive past a small variety of animals enclosed in gated “natural” habitats, we draw mostly yawns from the detainees. They are unfazed by the migration of lumbering vehicular beasts through their playground.
Walking In the Wild
After the driving part of the zoo, we are surprised to discover a very attractively landscaped walking area. Smaller animals like bear cubs and bobcats prowl in homes here. We must have perfectly timed our visit with nap time because many of the residents here are curled up sleeping. The ones that are awake do occasionally pose for a picture when they are not wistfully stalking their neighbors drooling over the thought of a potential sneak snack.