22 Jul 19 Our second day started with me getting up before sunrise to shoot Haystack Rock about which I've already written, then down the coast to the Tillamook Cheese & Ice Cream Factory for a self guided tour and cheese tasting of which the tour was interesting but not necessarily the cheese, and then a mad rush down highway 101 to the West Coast Game Park Safari located about 9 miles south of Bandon, OR before it closed. Jan had visited it before and was insistent that I would just love it. Their stick is "a handler will present our ambassador animals for specific interaction with visitor groups. Visitors will be allowed time to visit, pet, play, and photograph our ambassador animals within each given presentation area." Well, that might have been her experience the first time, but it wasn't quite so on our visit. We spent about an hour there and got to "pet" one animal, an opossum, and had one other critter we can't remember walk across our legs. Whoopee! There were two other animals "presented" but we got to "experience" neither, so over all it was a long hard drive for virtually nothing. One of the "presented" animal was a cross breed cat which they were breeding for some reason we couldn't comprehend but we did get to photograph it. I'm sharing a photo of that critter today. All the big animals (carnivores) were in cages from the '50s era and I found it very disgusting. Having been on the Board of Directors of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo in the early 70s when we were trying to bring it out of the dark ages I still don't understand why Jan and our daughter thought this was a place worth visiting. The presenter discussed their success in breeding endangered species and how many happy breeding animals they have, all of which may well be true, but from my perspective this isn't a "happy" place I'd ever visit again and certainly wouldn't recommend. Others may have had a different experience. The cat by the way wasn't unhappy, it had just finished playing with a toy, and is yawning.
I've cropped the original plenty to get rid of a lot of unnecessary material, otherwise, this is what the camera recorded. Big Yawn Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 1,000; 1/80 sec @ f / 9.