Finally, it quieted down and we got back to sleep. We got up around 8 and got started on the morning. Yesterday evening, we made a list of all the activities we still want to do while we're here. It became clear we hadn't planned enough time here in the Black Hills of South Dakota, so one of the things I did this morning was go pay for another week here at Broken Arrow Campground.
We didn't know what the day would bring in terms of weather, so we decided today would be a good one to visit Bear Country, U.S.A.. After a quick breakfast, we got underway. It's close to 40 miles from Custer to the drive-through wildlife park. The instructions specify not to leave your windows open while driving through the park. We cheated a few times since it was gray and rainy part of the time. At the end of the drive-through sections is an opportunity to park and walk through babyland.
I had a very difficult time picking which pictures to post today! In addition to bears, the park houses elk, reindeer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, fox, timber wolves, arctic wolves, mountain lions, as well as an assortment of small mammals.
Throughout the bears' area, there are climbing (and relaxing) opportunities for them:
A bear and timber wolf check each other out:
This guy was big!
The grizzlies were pretty laid back:
The newest baby:
Beautiful arctic wolf: