Thursday morning we woke to another nice sunny day and we all decided to pack a lunch and head to a place called Bearizona just on the outside of town. If I remember correctly admission is $18 per person for adults.
The first thing we did was head to the walk through area called Fort Bearizona because while paying our admission we were told the Birds of Prey Free Flight show was about to start and we wanted to see that.
They had hawks, owls, falcons and other raptors there to show. And the lady doing the presentation did a great job telling everyone interesting facts about the birds.
However I think her words went un-noticed while the birds were flying inches above the heads of the crowd LOL!!
The Fort Bearizona area is a 20 acre walk through area where we strolled along paths and checked out smaller animals on exhibit like Badger, Bobcat, Javalina, River Otter and of course bear.
I think, I know the highlight for us was the bear cubs. They were out playing and climbing tree’s just having a good old time.
A worker stopped by and said they had only been out for 3 weeks and this was the first day she had seen them climbing so high in the trees.
*** Thanks Bob for the next 4 pictures. I should ALWAYS carry my zoom lens LOL!! ***
We must have stood there an hour just watching them play and could have easily stood around longer.
We also spent a little time going through the gift shops and found a park bench to have our sacked lunches before jumping in the Jeeps and heading to the driving tour area of the park.
There is a three mile drive-thru portion where they can see a variety of animals like American burros, big horn sheep, Arctic wolves, white and brown bison and black bears roaming around freely. Well as free as they can in there designated fenced in areas I guess.
You are given an electronic unit that you lay on the dash and you get a narrated guided tour with it. GPS picks up where you are so whenever you move from one area to the next it detects your location and begins talking about that area so you can move along as fast or slow as you want.
When we started the day we thought we would tour Bearizona AND find the Flintstones Bedrock area but we spent so much time checking out the Bearizona we decided to save the Flintstones for the next day and just head to downtown Williams and tour it.
We popped in and out of almost every shop downtown and stopped in at the Sultana Bar for an adult beverage before heading to Spencers Pub at the RV Park for dinner.
The signature bar in Spenser’s Pub dates back to 1887, when it was handcrafted by George O. Spenser in England. The proprietor, Daniel Hollings, commissioned the noted cabinet maker to construct the “best bar in the Bush.” Given 200 pounds for materials and the promise that he would never have to pay for another drink, Spenser worked day and night for four months to create this solid oak masterpiece. The deal proved to be a bargain for Spenser, who visited the Lion’s Den every day and lived to the ripe old age of 84.
I think everyone enjoyed their meals and afterwards Bob and Karen headed to the campground office to secure another night at the campground and Diane and I hit the grocery store.
Another good day.
Oh, here is a link to Bearizona in case you are interested. http://bearizona.com/
Stay tuned. In the next update we all go back to our childhood and visit Bedrock and the Flinstones!!!