Just 19 miles south of here, you can walk into another world. That world is the world of Cabela’s the “World’s Foremost Outfitter” they carry, among other things; hunting, fishing and outdoor gear.
This store opened in November 2007 and this is just the second time I’ve been there. The first time I didn’t have my camera~today I did. It is a spectacular place to visit even if you’re not into hunting, fishing & outdoor activities. The store in Lacey is one of the largest at 185,000 square feet. There’s a place to test your shooting skills and also to test your bow & arrow skills. They have a good selection of fishing boats and all the gear you need to catch the “BIG” one.
There’s a huge 2 story mountain covered with animals, in their natural settings. All of this is accented by a waterfall that tumbles down thru the setting.
This polar bear and the Stellar seal below were both huge! There was no way to capture there immense size.
Underneath the mountain is a walk thru aquarium, featuring fish native to our area such as Coho Salmon and the biggest, ugliest cat fish I’ve ever seen.
Looking down on the mountain of animals from the second floor.
On the second floor is a diorama featuring African animals. The lion and elephant are so life like~I watched to see if they were breathing.
This scene of a leopard and a large baboon squaring off is really dramatic.
This next one really raises the hair on the back of your neck~you can almost hear the snarl of the lion…..
The cafe on the second floor features wild game burgers, steaks and of course regular burger, sandwiches, etc.
As you enter the store you can’t miss this full size yellow airplane hanging from the ceiling of the store.
They also have a great line of women’s sport wear. Really nice blouses, tee’s and summer tank tops along with Capri's, shorts & long slacks. They also have outdoor type shoes and long johns & tops in their women’s department.
There’s a “General Store” where you can purchase jerky, trail mixes, fudge and other goodies.
The little guy below is my kind of bear….a bear foot stool. He’s cute but $149.00 is a little much for a foot stool in my book.
All of the animals are of course full size and I’d say the taxidermists have done a wonderful job of making them look alive.
Oh……..did I mention they have a penny squishing machine?