This is a large rescued wild animal sanctuary build at Hudson Colorado, and I hadn't heard of that place either until tonight.
It is located directly north of the Denver International Airport, so the sound of jet engines must be comforting. It's as far north of Denver as Boulder and a little farther east of Denver as Boulder is west of Denver, if that makes sense, that is, if you were to triangulate. Here, look.
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The information site that I read said if you use your GPS don't obey it because it will send you on bumpy dusty rural unimproved back roads, be sure to stay on the highway all the way to Hudson. And it will cost you $30.00 entrance fee. They're trying to get people to adopt animals and to be supportive of the place.
Apparently not that many people are aware this place exists. There are only 4 images pinned on Google Earth.
But first, here's something that one of the sites that I looked at tonight ended with saying, "Don't be one of these people" and this feedback garnered all the remarks.
"Our visit was wonderful but we never saw any bears. Please train your bears to be where guests can see them. This was an expensive trip to not get to see bears."
Ha ha ha ha ha. Bless.
This reminded me a traveling show aired a decade ago. A group of young travelers were paid to explore different places in pairs. They all did excellent things. A pair went to Alaska and they hiked through the woods, climbed over a hill and down the other side where rivulets drained to shallow pond with a stony bottom that itself drained to a larger rivulet then eventually down to the ocean. They chanced to coincide with salmon spawning season and the whole pond was loaded with bright red salmon. As television viewer I was thrilled. Thrilled for them, for the encounter of a lifetime. The fish were all sexing it up, still it seemed like walking upon something holy. The thought of what those fish went through to get there, these, the survivors. It's breathtaking. The fish are exhausted. This is their last thrust to project life. They will soon all be dead. This is fish-private sanctuary. It's all quite incredible.
After all that. After having been treated to the finest thing imaginable, upon reviewing their experience the young woman guest/t.v. hostess complained, "But we didn't see any bears. I wanted to see a bear."
Dear woman, no, you do not want to encounter a bear. Just incredible.
So, a lot of walking then. I'm not sure I'm up to it, but it does look like a lot of fun.