May 29, 2015
Here's my full story:
Our experience at BEAR WORLD in Rexburg, ID was not what we were expecting, but we sure got our monies' worth!! We walked in (after paying our $17.00 entry fee) to the gift shop and went to the bathroom.... shocker. We passed through all the stuffed animal bears, stuff your own bear and bear trinkets, to find the baby bear complexes just outside! They were so cute and playful!!! When can I feed them? When can I feed them? When does feeding time happen?.... The only opening we have today is at 5:00pm... It's 9:30am.... Do you live in the area? ummmmmmmmmm.........nope. :( sad face
So feeding the baby bears was out-- playing with the baby bears with the sound of our swishy rain gear was IN!! I'm guessing they'd never heard the high pitch sound of nylon and polyester rubbing together-- lucky them-- (in walks mom) and all the baby bears stood up on their hind legs to get a good look at WHAT THE HECK was making that sound, then they all ran to safety behind the large cement 'rock', then they all huddled together and creeped back out. I learned very quickly that I could make the same noise with my Frogg Toggs. I'm sure you can guess what happened next. One bear in particular was terrified of this noise, but also wanted to hang around my part of the fence because I was indulging in some Huckleberry Ice-cream too. Back and forth, back and forth-- I'd lure him over with the scent of the ice cream cone, then I'd swish my rain gear together and he'd run away...... then he'd come back over..... you get the point. After about the 11th time I'd made him run away, dad called me a 'meany pants!'
This wasn't even the highlight to our BEAR WORLD experience!! I haven't even told you about the free roaming range we got to drive through. First, we couldn't drive through on our motorcycles, so we got to borrow the 'courtesy van.' Throw back to when this van was built-- Delorean sales were doing great. That was 184,000 miles ago. But WE got to borrow this 5 star vehicle! With dad at the helm, we drove into the 'park.' The first animals in sight were your standard, basic deer. Mostly unimpressive. The deer were mostly unimpressed by us too, I'm sure. Then we got into some elk- which was cool- and even the 'rare white elk' was seen lounging in the shade. We were reminded over and over again to keep the vehicle moving and to not roll down our windows. The buffalo looked stuffed, but I think one winked once.
And then we had made it to THE BEAR RANGE. 54 black bears and 3 grizzly bears! My, oh my! The excitement was building! Within the first 10 yards, there was a wolfe laying in the road like roadkill. I'm not even sure he moved when we passed-- I call it a wolf, but it could have been the owner's husky or something. The grizzlies were no one near where we could really see them, then some black bears were off in the distance, BUT THEN... we came around the corner and there was a black bear walking down the street-- didn't really move when we came near it and he sniffed dad's window like he would have had a sweet treat for him--- well maybe he did-- dad WAS the sweet treat. We didn't have anything for him, so he just continued to lope along. It was a few turns and bends until we saw a few 'active' bears. At first, one bear looked like Ava my Great Dane), trying to take a poop. Then dad said, "oh look, he's shakin' his tail feather." Then simultaneously, everyone in the car realized that THE BEAR was humping a lady friend bear. Oh he was shakin' his tail feather all right. We appropriately stopped the vehicle and snapped as many photos as we could before we all fell to the floorboards laughing!