Our last stop before arriving at The Cove was the High Desert Museum in Bend. What a great museum!! Very interactive for kids and adults, lots of live animals and very detailed and impressive exhibits and displays. It took us about 3 hours to breeze through everything, we didn’t even really read much. We’ll definitely have to go back to see more, I’d also love to go to some of the talks and activities they have going on. The website has the stories of the animals at the museum, all of them have an impairment of some sort that prevents them from being released into the wild. The wild cats, for example, were both raised in captivity as pets, and in Snowshoe’s case, he was apparently dropped off in the wild by his previous owners. Thomas the otter was sleeping while we were there so we didn’t get to see him, maybe next time.
They have a Butterflies and Hummingbirds exhibit going on now. Very cool! Well, hot actually…the room has to be kept very warm and I was overly dressed. It was totally worth the sweat though.
Throughout the outdoor exhibits is a meandering stream and in the stream are huge Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. We could have stuck our hands in the water and snatched one and had a great trout dinner! …but we didn’t, cause that’s just not right… We did spend about 20 minutes just watching them swim though.
So, yet another recommendation. If you’re ever in Central Oregon, the High Desert Museum is a must see, it’s a little pricey to get in but it’s totally worth it. It could easily take a full day to see it all though, especially if you bring kids. There is also a cafe and gift shop and play area outside for kids.