Liked that " We were pleased to see that there was an air conditioning unit"
-- we could not survive w/o A/C
On our radar
Thanks for sharing, OhioHick!
OhioHick, another great trip report!
It's most disheartening how the human race continues to pillage our natural heritage, and makes a place such as The Wilds so vital. It makes one wonder if The Wilds some day won't even be the target of poachers in search of rhino horns, and whether they have adequate security to deter such an attack...unlikely.
It's ironic that The Wilds' over 9,000 acres was made possible only by strip mining. A visit to the nearby mouth of the Big Muskie, which created The Wilds' current topography, is an artifact of that history.
Do you have any opinion or information about the Sunset Safari Tour and why you didn't consider that as an option? I thought they visited the animal barns as part of that tour, but I don't see that mentioned any longer in the tour description.
You didn't mention the zipline. Does that mar the views from Nomad Ridge?
It must have been frustrating to have forgotten your binoculars, as I've found them essential there.
I know this is only a limited destination trip report, but it's so special it would be great if you posted it to the trip report thread at the top of the forum where it will be more readily found. The Wilds unfortunately still is not well known, even among Ohioans.
Thanks again for providing the link!
are you KIDDING me??? We'd never been to the Wilds till a friend of ours offered to take us this year. We were there at 10 am on Labor Day Sunday. We just missed you. How bizarre is that? We, too, just loved it. Great fun in the open buses.
Thanks for the kind words. Glad you are enjoying the TR.
T-eye: You know, I had the same thoughts about poachers hitting a place like The Wilds. It is a scary scenario but could happen due to the outrageous price that rhino horn brings. Our Wildside tour guide, Chris, gave us some horror stories about rhino poaching; I did not want to go into the details in the TR but it illustrates perfectly your statement that it is “most disheartening how the human race continues to pillage our natural heritage.”
There was a lot of talk about how the Wilds was built on land that had been strip mined. I guess the land was actually donated by the mining company. Thanks for the link about the Big Muskie bucket; we pass that sign often on our way back to WV and I usually threaten to make that detour. Someday.
As for the Sunset Safari tour, our hope was to take that tour, but it is only offered on Friday and Saturday so the timing just did not work out this trip. We did do the Sunset Safari Tour during our first trip in 2007 and it was quite nice and did include a stop by the animal barns as I recall (but it was 8 years ago so I might have that confused with some other animal tour). I’m sure we’ll visit The Wilds again with the intention of doing the Sunset Safari.
The zip line is of no interest to me or MsHick; just not our idea of fun. There are several towers scattered around the grounds but generally between the visitor center (up on the ridge) working downhill across the ponds ending at the Lake Trail. I think there are 10 or 12 towers, but they really are not a distraction and do not take away from the views.
As for the binoculars, I did not miss them at all. We were extremely fortunate that the critters were very accessible. Besides, I tend to use my camera as a spotting scope of sorts (I carry a Canon SX50 HS, one of the bridge camera, which has a 50X optical and 200x digital zoom so I can bring the critters in very close). But we’ll make sure we have them for the return trip just in case.
I did post the TR in the Ohio read trip TR thread.
wings: NO WAY! That is just goofy. Too bad we missed each other. Glad that you enjoyed your time at The Wilds.