Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bearizona: Tuesday Talk Link UP

Welcome to Tuesday Talk! We have loved getting to know you through this weekly link up and hope you'll join in the fun again this week!

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We are big believers in exploring your own backyard and living in Arizona, well...we have a lot of wide open spaces to explore.  We are lucky to live in a place with a wide variety of landscapes and scenery.

Last month, we had planned to spend a few days "up north" in Oak Creek Canyon which is about 2 hours north of Phoenix.  It's just that much cooler and more scenic than what we experience here in the city.  We love going up there and try to make it at least twice a year.  We took advantage of our spring break and got out of the city for 3 days.

One of the places on our list to visit has been Bearizona.  It's located in Williams and is just under an hour west of Flagstaff.  We visit Williams in the winter when we hop on the Polar Express, but we've never stopped there any other time.  It happens to be the town where you get on the Grand Canyon Railway Train.  It's a quaint little town...very "Radiator Springsesque" after Lightning re-does the road ;-)

Bearizona is a drive thru wildlife park. I should preface that seeing any types of these animals in captivity gets my goat...wolves that belong in the Yukon do not belong in Arizona...I feel the same way about the zoo, but the lion is a little more at home here in the desert....<stepping off my soap box>....It costs us a little over $100 to drive through.  We had 4 adults and 3 kids.  You're given this fancy little radio machine that gives you information based on your location in the park...it wasn't super helpful to us as the kids were so excited to see the animals we couldn't hear the narration.

The park itself is divided into the various animal sections.  We were fortunate to see each animal in each section.  The two favorites were the Junior bears and the Bison.  The kids LOVED both of those.  It was odd to see soon many bears together.  Again, having grown up in a place with bears in my backyard, it's so not normal to see them that way, but they were playful and climbing trees. We lucked out and pulled in right at feeding time.

The rest of our time at the park was spent in the walking section of Bearizona.  This was actually pretty cool for the kids.  Their highlight of the trip here was the river otters who were super playful and putting on a show for the kids.  They had them all to themselves and the otters kept swimming up to the windows and literally giving each kid high fives.  It was adorable and we were all in stitches watching them play back and forth.

There was also a smaller bear exhibit where they were running around and climbing.  It was fun to see them closer up and playful.  We were also super excited to see the three little baby bears born this winter.  They were adorable.

All in all, we had a great day trip up to Bearizona and if you're in the area, it's well worth the stop!

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1 comment:

  1. The trip looked like a blast! I am storing this away as an idea for the future!