This weekend, I kind of kidnapped husband for a mini getaway to the Grand Canyon. It was just what we needed --a chance to relax and see new sights!
Saturday's first stop was at Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, which had been on
my our Arizona To Do list for some time.
Bearizona has 2 parts: a 3-mile drive-through wildlife park and Fort Bearizona, a walk-through park with smaller animals.
We arrived shortly after opening, which was the perfect time --only 3 other vehicles were making the rounds and it was around feeding time, which is when the animals are super active.
Rocky Mountain Goats, we got to see these guys chasing each other in circles and butting heads.
This burro was standing asleep in the middle of the road until we pulled up right next to him/her and said 'Hello'.
"Should I sit in it or eat it? Hey, I can sit in it AND eat it! ....this is awkward without pants on."
Our favorite section: the Alaskan Tundra Wolves. They were really curious. Or hungry. Probably the same thing to them. The Wolves and Bears exhibit require you to close your windows and lock your doors.
"Human, I bet you're tasty." --Prime example of why windows are supposed to be closed in this section.
"Let me in."
"I just want to nibble on your face. Just a little."
Rolling around on the ground.
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Windows up, doors locked! The Black Bears might steal your picnic basket!
"Carl, you are standing in my personal space!"
"But I love you, man. I just want to give you a bear hug."
Bearing it all. No shame.
After our first drive through, we headed into Fort Bearizona to view the smaller animals.
Badger --probably plotting.
Grooming. So vain. Typical male.
Smiling raccoon. Probably also plotting.
Canadian Lynx --check out those HUGE paws!
Bearizona recently had baby bear cubs born in January. They aren't big enough to move on their own so they are kept in an incubator for certain hours of the day.
AHHHHHHHHHHH. SOOOOO CUTE.
Bears, playing Craps... for picnic baskets.
"Ow Fred! Not so hard or I'm telling mom!"
We did the drive through loop a second time --which must've been after the animals had been fed. Most of them were laying around as if they were too stuffed to move.
"HA! HA! HA!"
"HEY! Who said you could take my picture?"
Splish, splash, Bear was taking a bath.
St. Patty's bear
Bearizona is absolutely a can't miss in Arizona! We can't say enough good things about it.
After Bearizona, we did a quick trip to downtown Historic Williams. Route 66 runs right through this area and it is loaded with Route 66 kicks.
Address: 1500 W Rte 66, Williams, AZ
Fees: Free (Children 3 & under), $10 (Children 4-12), $20 (Adults), $18 (Seniors 62+)