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On the way to the Caverns, we noticed this place on the side of the road. I was really insistent we go before we left the area the next day, so in the morning after camping, we hung around waiting for it to open. As soon as they did, they took us on a tour. It was just Nat and me at first, but before we’d made it far, a whole bunch of people had joined our group. Everyone who works there is so friendly and seems to really care about the animals and love what they do. There were times when I felt uncomfortable thinking they were seriously anthropomorphizing the animals and misinterpreting their behavior, but overall, it was a really fun and unique experience. I have a video of the tigers roaring SO loud when they were fed, and Nat and I got to hold an alligator, a carpet python, and a blue-tongued skink. We were there for two hours! Really got our money’s worth.

And then we drove to St. Louis, got lunch with Megan, and went searching for some cakes at the Arch. It was a short visit, but really fun.