Come See The Elk
The Oakland Press | Come See The Elk | February 17, 2008
HILLMAN – The horse-drawn sleigh pulls to a stop and guests clamber out to get a closer look at the elk feeding just beyond the fence. We’ve been warned not to get too close, but still, we’re just a few feet from the 1,200 pound animals with massive antlers.
Then the quartet of males – we’ll call them the Four Tops – decide to put on a show, as if they boss had told them it was time to entertain the paying customers. They run around, jostle a bit with each other and wag their heads with those huge antlers.
It’s all part of the elk-viewing trip and scenic carriage/sleigh ride at Thunder Bay Resort. There aren’t many more unusual trips available in the state.
Jack Matthias, who owns the resort with his wife, Jan, says that even after more than 15 years of taking people to see elk, he still enjoys seeing the animals’ sometimes goofy antics. But best of all is wathing the people watch the elk.
“It’s just great fun seeing people’s reaction,” Matthias says. “They really are neat animals.”
He adds that he feels fortunate to make a living doing something that makes people smile.Read Complete Article Here
Visit Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay Resort is a beautiful, all-season resort poised on 500 acres in the heart of Northeast Michigan. Known for its award-winning Elk Viewing Dinner Ride and Wine Tasting, Thunder Bay Resort also boasts deluxe lodging, an RV Park, championship golf, and an array of outdoor entertainment and activities. Additionally, the resort hosts a variety of exceptional events and its central location makes it the ideal place to stay while exploring the many exciting nearby area attractions in the tip of the mitt.