Sunday, April 10, 2011

Animal Adventures

On Saturday we headed down to West Yellowstone to check out the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. The roads had cleared but there certainly was a lot of snow around.

We made it just in time for the Birds of Prey demonstration. It was very similar to what we experienced at the Bridger Raptor Fest but this time there were probably 150 fewer people and we got a front row seat for the demonstration.

There were lots of great exhibits inside, but Matthew was ready to go outside to check out the wolves . . . who were all napping when we first arrived.

The center has 2 packs in separate enclosures and with the combination of snowpack and wolf location, we got a great view. The bears however, were being a little more stubborn.

Between the two wolf packs is a Naturalist cabin with a full wall of windows on each side. This allowed us to get some great views of the wolves as they woke up and started playing.

Still no luck with the bears and I think this guy was just taunting me over the snowbank.

Between the exhibits, bears and wolves, there was plenty of space and not many people so Matthew took full advantage of all the snow and slush to stomp in. Judging by his constant squeals and generally pleasant demeanor even though it was lunch/nap time, I'd say he really enjoyed it.

He even learned a new word.

And here James tried to get a picture of us while Matthew squirmed trying to get a better look at the giant bear.

On the way home, we spotted this moose along the highway, not too far from my last moose spotting. Matthew slept right through the excitement.

He woke up just in time for us to arrive to Bozeman and headed over to the ranch supply store to check out the chicks. Matthew loved them.

Then we topped off the day with ice cream. Since we were denied both milk and ice cream in West Yellowstone (winter distribution of fresh food in the area is very limited, even at McDonalds) we decided to go for ice cream when we got home. Matthew had a great time and I enjoyed that Uncle Ed was here to chase him through the tunnels.

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