It's strange, we live right next door, but I've never been a huge New Hampshire fan. I guess just because of that silly, my-state-is-better-than-your-state attitude we Vermonters tend to adopt. Randomly though, many of the trips we've taken this summer are to NH attractions and as loyal as I am to good ol' VT, I've found every one of these places to be super clean, safe and all together enjoyable. This one wasn't fancy, didn't cover acres and acres, was relatively simple and inexpensive, but again, just like the Polar Caves, it HIT THE SPOT. We had an awesome day and I got the Wolfman's contact info so I can do an article on him at a later time. One of the most interesting and colorful characters we've come across lately. It's great, the more you talk to people, the more interesting people you find. And after a while, you find out that practically EVERYBODY's interesting. I love that.
We also happened to be in the right place at the right time (as we usually try to be, with curious boys and a curious ME) and got to see what goes on behind the scenes after the show and we asked a lot of questions. I was originally rather uncomfortable with the idea of captive "show bears" when my dad told us about this place and how fascinated he found it as a kid, it just seemed sad and wrong to me. But after we watched the Clark family working with the animals, and talked the brother and sister who train them, I must say...I felt almost OK with it. In this case anyhow. Some of the bears were rescued by the Fish and Wildlife Department after being left for dead as newborns and were bottle fed and raised in the family's kitchen. They literally sleep in the same bed with them as babies, like a dog or cat. The older brother told a funny story about a cub chewing up his prized GI Joe figurines. I still don't think wild animals should be held in captivity, but I could clearly see how well cared for and happy these particular bears were. Ira laughed until he fell out of his chair at bears playing basketball and riding on scooters. And Eli loved watching the bears eat ice cream with spoons and the trainers snuggling and kissing them and scratching their itchy spots. The kids wished we could bring one home with us, but I think we'll stick with our teddy bears.