West YellowstoneWest YellowstoneLike I mentioned in a post a few days ago, we had two days planned to spend inside Yellowstone National Park but the boys had other ideas. So, today turned out to be a day to spend having some fun outside the park and it was great.

West YellowstoneWe started by not starting too early. We’ve had a lot of early starts in this trip to keep up the pace so taking a later start was a well deserved treat, for all of us. First stop for the day was the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. This is a rescue center and refuge for these animals and will provide the closest view you can safely get of grizzles.

West Yellowstone Grizzly& Wolf Discovery CenterFun part for the boys was that they have an educational program here for kids. Part of this program involves the kids going inside the bear habitat and hiding food. Then they get to watch as the bear are returned to the habitat and search out the food. This photo shows the boys in front of “Sam”, searching for food, a one thousand pound grizzly originally from Alaska. They had a lot of fun with that.

West YellowstoneNext stop was something Collin’s been begging us to do since the day we got here, zip lines! We’d been driving right past this place every time we come or go from the campground since we arrived here. Finally he gets his fun.

West YellowstoneThis adventure park fun included an aerial climbing arena as well as zip lines. You must go through the aerial arena in order to get to the zip lines. West YellowstoneYou can get down without using the zip lines but at that point why would you? I did all of it with them once, reluctantly (I hate heights), then sat out and grabbed pictures while they went through again. Everyone’s arms were beat by the end of this afternoon.

Parting shot. Dawnie didn’t make me promise not to post this shot. Poor planning on her part. At the end of a string of zip lines you’re still left standing on a platform some twenty feet above ground. The only way down is to jump, trusting that the safety line you’re attached to will in fact do its job and lower you gently. This shows just how much faith Dawnie had in that system…

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Kow-a-bunga!!!

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This bear was really enjoying that scratching post!

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A beautiful wolf at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

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Dawnie flying down a zip line.

 

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