We finally made it home yesterday afternoon. We made a detour after leaving Fossil Rim and stopped at the Vicksburg National Battlefield in Vicksburg, Mississippi and Shiloh National Battlefield in Tennessee. Both are beautiful parks and rich in history.
From Shiloh we made it to Miner, Missouri where we found the Holiday Inn Express all filled up so stayed at a America's Best Value Inn which was large but badly in need of maintenance. We had two rooms, two TVs and the beds were comfortable with good pillows but there was mold in the bathroom and a hole in the sink. The bathroom reminded me of a shabby Motel 6. I hate to think I've become a hotel snob but that bathroom was pretty bad.
I have some pictures for you from Fossil Rim but it will take a couple of days to show them all so let's get started.
We keep talking about going back in May to see the babies. They are expecting a baby Grevy's Zebra in the spring (a huge deal since they are endangered). They also had a baby White Rhino born last October (her name is Ursulla) and they've had 125 Cheetah cubs born since 1986. This park isn't just a lot of fun to go through but a dedicated nursery for animals that are struggling in the wild. Kudos to the volunteers that lead the tours, the interns that take such good care of the animals and the scientists and doctors who keep the animals healthy and breeding.