Animals, Animals everywhere!

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Billings

     We left the Cherry Tree this morning and headed out for a day of animals, first stop was to Zoo Montana. It’s a smaller zoo in Billings that has animal exhibits, a children’s petting area and very nice gardens. The zoo has wooded paths that wind around inside the zoo area. It may not be the biggest zoo I’ve ever been to but the animals seem to be in good shape, both the tiger and grizzly bear were playing in the water when we saw them and it has a nice peaceful setting. A nice peaceful setting in the morning, in the afternoon a company was having their summer picnic there and there were monsters EVERYWHERE!! The zoo had a nice setup for the picnic tho, there were those big balloon things that monsters can jump around in, clowns and even a dunk tank which seemed to be the highlight of 90 degree afternoon, but there were definitely too many monsters around for me and I was glad we were getting ready to leave.

     After leaving the zoo we headed to Red Lodge, MT home of the Beartooth Nature Reserve and also where we were spending the night . The reserve is a wildlife preserve that houses native animals of Montana that have been orphaned, sick or injured that can not be returned to the wild. The reserve is open to visitors, and other groups such as schools so people can be educated about the animals that reside in Montana and are at the reserve. Many of the cages have the animals history as to why it came to live at the reserve. Needless to say the stories are sad but once again the animals we saw looked healthy and well fed.

Once we left Beartooth Nature Center I found an actual car wash.

Zoo Montana
..the kind you can put quarters in and get a soap brush, rinse etc. I scrubbed and scrubbed Grey Feather but he was still streaky when I was done. It was at that time that I blamed it on the grey color and decided that streaky grey feather was much better than brown mud spattered feather. We headed out of town to the Rock Creek Resort our hotel for the night. This place was gorgeous, it sat at the base of the Beartooth Mountains and was right on the Beartooth Scenic Highway, and we had a balcony that overlooked a creek.  Overall, it was a really nice relaxing place. We ate dinner at the Old Piney Dell at the hotel, I had a steak, asparagus and potatoes. So good! We then went back to swim and use the hot tub, there was no one in the pool area but us. We then headed back up to the room for some huckleberry hot chocolate on the balcony. I could definitely get used to that place!

 

Aditu says:
LOL, leave it to me ruin it huh? I washed the rental car not once but twice, HAHAHA.
Posted on: Oct 11, 2008
vances says:
Grey Feather's bath has crushed one of my tenets. When trying to get my associates to take ownership of a problem, I exclaim "in the history of civilization, nobody has ever washed their rental car". Now what am I gonna say???
Posted on: Oct 10, 2008
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Billings
Billings
Zoo Montana
Zoo Montana
These Peacocks were all over the r…
These Peacocks were all over the …
Shes ready to burst!
She's ready to burst!
Walkways thru the zoo
Walkways thru the zoo
A very centered timer pic :)
A very centered timer pic :)
Red Panda
Red Panda
What a cutie.
What a cutie.
Sleepy head
Sleepy head
The Zoo Gardens
The Zoo Gardens
A little sleeping bunny in the gar…
A little sleeping bunny in the ga…
Too cute
Too cute
Beartooth Nature Center
Beartooth Nature Center
Coyote
Coyote
This guy was recovering.
This guy was recovering.
Garfield
Garfield
Bo
Bo
Leo
Leo
Blueberry
Blueberry
The view from the balcony
The view from the balcony
Rock Creek
Rock Creek
The pool area
The pool area
Grey Feather streaky but cleaner!
Grey Feather streaky but cleaner!
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Beautiful mountain views at Rock Creek
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